If you happen to look carefully at Empire’s shiny new Moon Knight covers, you’ll discover one thing about him that’s uncommon for an MCU hero. It’s not that he’s coated in Historic Egyptian bandages, or that he’s acquired hieroglyphic-like symbols on his flowing cape (admittedly not frequent within the Marvel pantheon). No, it’s that in the event you take a look at his knuckles, and on the information of his crescent moon-shaped weapons, you’ll discover darkish pink blood streaks. The upcoming Disney+ MCU sequence – starring Oscar Isaac because the nocturnal vigilante with dissociative identification dysfunction and a penchant for Egyptology – is a present that, in all senses, doesn’t pull its punches.
There’s a tougher edge to Moon Knight – aka Steven Grant, aka Marc Spector – that Marvel boss Kevin Feige isn’t shying away from. “He’s brutal,” Feige tells Empire, citing the streaming service as an area to increase what an MCU story could be. “It’s been enjoyable to work with Disney+ and see the boundaries shifting on what we’re capable of do. There are moments [in the series] when Moon Knight is wailing on one other character, and it’s loud and brutal, and the knee-jerk response is, ‘We’re gonna pull again on this, proper?’ No. We’re not pulling again. There’s a tonal shift. It is a completely different factor. That is Moon Knight.”
It’s not simply Moon Knight’s bloodied fists that mark a departure for the MCU – for one, his power-set is linked to a bird-skulled Egyptian deity often called Khonshu. However it’s additionally a present that appears set to deal sensitively with its central character’s psychological well being situation. “It’s dangerous,” admits Isaac. “He’s an obscure hero, and the issues we’re coping with are very completely different. However as a result of it’s a restricted sequence, somewhat than a film, the stress isn’t there to verify the opening weekend is huge. We’re capable of take extra dangers, to deliver that experimental high quality on an enormous scale.” Nonetheless, from the launch of Iron Man, to the assembling of The Avengers, to the double-whammy of Infinity Battle and Endgame, one thing has grow to be clear: when Marvel takes dangers, they have an inclination to reach a serious manner.
Learn Empire’s full Moon Knight function on this month’s challenge – speaking to stars Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke and Might Calamawy, author Jeremy Slater, director Mohamed Diab, Marvel boss Kevin Feige and extra concerning the arrival of the MCU’s wildest hero but, with tons of unique new pictures. On sale Thursday 17 February, and out there to pre-order on-line right here. Moon Knight streams on Disney+ from March 30.