It took some time — the wait appeared even longer, contemplating that his identify was left conspicuously unmentioned throughout Disney’s Investor Day mega-event final December — however with only a easy tweet, Marvel Studios lastly confirmed what followers had lengthy recognized: that Oscar Isaac has been forged as Marc Spector, a.ok.a. Moon Knight, within the upcoming Disney+ sequence and presumably past. (You don’t forged Oscar Isaac to play a superhero in case you don’t have massive plans for the character… until after all you’re X-Males or Star Wars.)
That tweet, nonetheless easy a casting announcement it might seem like, gave followers of the complicated character one thing else to be enthusiastic about. Its transient message not solely establishes the tone of each Moon Knight the character and the sequence bearing his identify, however for the significantly darker themes and motifs at the moment making their manner into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This shift in the direction of extra grownup ideas might already be seen in earlier movies like Black Panther, however has been kicked into excessive gear this yr. WandaVision, for instance, was at its core a narrative a few girl struggling to deal with immense grief, albeit a girl who simply so occurs to have otherworldly magical talents. Wanda’s storyline is already confirmed to proceed in March 2022’s Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity, which tasked famed Evil Useless and Spider-Man filmmaker Sam Raimi with making the primary “horror” film within the MCU’s practically 15-year historical past. In the meantime, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier explored systemic racism and oppression.
Then, after all, there’s two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali’s Blade on the horizon. Blade is a vampire who hunts vampires, brushing up towards demonic components that make the character inherently darker, each thematically and cinematically, than any hero to exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to this point. (You must think about that Blade will actually be a darkish film, like Tim Burton’s Batman or the earlier Blade movies starring Wesley Snipes, if for no different motive than the character does most of his work at night time.)
As for a way Isaac’s Moon Knight will match into this extra mature interval of the MCU, look no additional than the very first phrase of the tweet’s one-sentence message: “We are Moon Knight.” Within the comics, Marc Spector/Moon Knight is a former U.S. Marine turned C.I.A. agent who suffers from a number of persona dysfunction. Because of this, he’s adopted a handful of personas for the aim of combating crime, corresponding to entrepreneur Steven Grant and cab driver Jake Lockley.
A number of persona dysfunction (in any other case referred to as dissociative identification dysfunction) and psychological well being usually is kind of clearly nothing to be handled frivolously, which implies it goes with out saying that Moon Knight ought to take the subject critically and deal with the subject material delicately. In the identical manner that Black Panther was a landmark for Black illustration in superhero movies, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings appears to be like like it is going to be an analogous milestone for the Asian group, the embrace and exploration of Marc Spector’s psychological well being might additionally stand as a poignant second of illustration for many who discover themselves combating related battles.
The MCU, as led by mastermind Kevin Feige, already deserves immeasurable credit score for pulling off the unimaginable and creating an interconnected universe of films and tv. The MCU has additionally managed to develop more and more mature whereas nonetheless interesting to an enormous mainstream viewers. Marvel’s present slate of upcoming tasks, in addition to the restricted sequence we’ve already seen this yr, counsel that the MCU isn’t afraid to proceed carving out a extra severe nook within the sprawling comedian e-book universe.
After all, how properly these upcoming Marvel tasks deal with their extra mature subject material is but to be seen. However given what we’ve seen from the franchise to date, the MCU appears to be able to evolve alongside the viewers it has been entertaining for over a decade now. We’re far older, and the world is way completely different, than it was again in 2008 when Iron Man first premiered. We’ve grown. By delving into themes corresponding to grief, concern, and psychological sickness, the MCU is probably proving it is able to develop with us.
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