Marvel released the first trailer of Moon Knight on 17 January at the NFL Super Wild Card match-up. A first look at a new poster was also released alongside.
“The series follows Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt,” reads the official synopsis by Marvel.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) January 18, 2022
Moon Knight in the comic books is the alter ego of US marine Marc Spector. His superhero powers come from the Egyptian moon god Khonshu.
The trailer shows its main character played by Oscar Isaac fighting strange mental voices in his head before transforming into the titular superhero Moon Knight.
Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy are the other two main leads.
Moon Knight trailer is as cinematic as it can get
What the trailer reveals
The trailer shows Steven (Isaac) has tied himself with chains to his bed. Voices in the background reveal that he is consulting a specialist for his sleeping disorder.
“I can’t tell the difference between my waking life and dreams,” he is heard saying.
It soon appears that his mental condition is in a very serious stage as he dozes off on passengers in the bus, is made fun of at work, and his hallucinations alarm others.
He then picks a hidden phone on which a caller addresses him as “Marc”.
Viewers then see Arthur Harrow (Hawke) walking among a group of seemingly ordinary people, who kneel before him.
“It must be very difficult. The voices in your head. There’s chaos in you,” Harrow tells Steven.
The trailer then proceeds into pure action. Steven is shown increasingly becoming unstable, fleeing in a truck with a gun in hand, and running in some kind of a corridor.
And then, with the voice telling him to “embrace the chaos”, he transforms into Moon Knight, complete in a gray mummified costume and hood with blazing white eyes.
The people behind the series
The episodes are directed by Mohamed Diab and the team of Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead.
Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Jeremy Slater, Diab, and Isaac serve as executive producers. Grant Curtis, Trevor Waterson and Rebecca Kirsch are the co-executive producers.
Moon Knight, the series, has Jeremy Slater as the head writer.
Watch the trailer here:
What more to expect from the show
On 10 March the makers released a featurette with inside commentary from the lead actors, executive director Feige, and director Diab.
Oscar Isaac, May Calamawy and Ethan Hawke share bits about how they approached their respective characters and what audiences can expect to see in the show.
“The fun of Moon Knight is getting introduced to a new superhero and a new world,” Hawke says in the 1.33 minute-long clip.
Isaac emphasises on the mental health aspect of his character.
“It’s a real, legitimate character study . . . our job was to kind of put a lens on the things that had the most dramatic juice, and ultimately, take the mental health aspect incredibly seriously,” he says.
“The tone is like Fight Club meets Indiana Jones,” says Calamawy.
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