CBR’s Moon Knight Guide: News, Easter Eggs, Reviews, Theories and Rumors

WARNING: The following contains constantly updated spoilers for Moon Knight, premiering March 30, 2022, on Disney+.

Based on the comic book hero of the same name, Moon Knight is the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Oscar Isaac (from the upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie) stars as Marc Spector, who takes on the hero alias "Moon Knight" after he dies in front of the statue of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Khonshu resurrects him, laying upon him the burden of becoming the "moon's knight," protector of the innocent. Moon Knight marks the character's Marvel Cinematic Universe debut.

Marvel fans are excited to see how the MCU tackles Moon Knight, who's one of Marvel's more obscure heroes, as well as how the show will address the character's Dissocative Identity Disorder (DID). Whether viewers are watching for the superhero sequences or the mysteries that surround the protagonist, the show should have a lot to offer. There's also a lot to learn, so find the latest Moon Knight news, theories and all the important details herein.

Moon Knight's Crew and Cast

Kevin Feige heads the production of Moon Knight as executive producer alongside Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Grant Curtis, Brad Winderbaum, Jeremy Slater, Isaac and Mohamed Diab. Diab is especially notable because Moon Knight has strong Egyptological roots and Diab is an Egyptian director. Many of his previous works focus on Egyptian societal issues, so Diab can be expected to bring a level of authenticity and representation that is needed for a series like this. He directs four out of the six Moon Knight episodes, with Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead directing the other two.

As previously stated, Oscar Isaac stars as main protagonist Moon Knight/Marc Spector. Ethan Hawke plays Arthur Harrow, the antagonist of the series who is a cult leader and zealous follower of the god Ammit. May Calamawy co-stars as Layla El-Faouly; not much is known about her character thus far, as she isn't featured in the Moon Knight comics. It's clear from the trailer that she's a person from Marc's past, but nothing further has been revealed.

Also starring in the series are Gaspard Ulliel as Midnight Man/Anton Mogart, Loic Mabanza as Raoul Bushman, F. Murray Abraham as Khonshu the Moon god and Lucy Thackeray as Donna, a coworker of Marc's. For more insight on the cast and crew of Moon Knight, follow the links to these articles:

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  • How Oscar Isaac's Dynamic Career Prepared Him to Play Moon Knight
  • Marvel Told Moon Knight Writer to Push PG-13 Boundaries for Violence and Horror
  • Oscar Isaac Looked to 'An Idiot Abroad' to Craft His Moon Knight Approach
  • Moon Knight Director Hopes Marc Spector Gets a Movie - But...
  • Moon Knight Casts F. Murray Abraham as a Major Marvel Entity
  • Moon Knight Actor Gaspard Ulliel Dies Following Ski Accident
  • How Ethan Hawke's Moon Knight Character Differs Radically From the Comics
  • Who Is the Voice of Khonshu in Marvel's Moon Knight?

Moon Knight's Story

Episode 1 follows mild-mannered Steven Grant through a typical day-in-the-life. He rushes to the British Museum, where he works as a gift shop employee, gets through his day and returns home, where the nightmares begin.

Though Steven tries to stay awake, he eventually falls asleep and wakes up in a field somewhere. He stumbles upon cult leader Arthur delivering a humble speech to a small crowd in a village. When he's confronted by Arthur, asking him to return a scarab that Steven knows nothing about, Steven blacks out and comes to with bloody knuckles and several beaten guards on the ground beside him. Eventually, Steven wakes up the next morning believing it all to be a dream, when in reality he had dissociated and awoken two days later.

That evening, Steven finds a flip phone and key in the wall of his flat. He's surprised, and even more so when the phone rings. A woman named Layla is on the other end, sounding relieved to hear his voice. When Steven asks her who she thinks he is, she says, exasperated, "What's wrong with you, Marc?"

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Suddenly, Layla's no longer on the line, and Marc starts hearing a voice again. The lights in his apartment flicker and the walls shake. He runs to the hall and into the elevator and when the elevator opens, he comes face-to-face with Khonshu, the moon god. Steven blacks out and wakes up screaming on a crowded morning bus, headed for work.

But he's not in the clear yet. When he gets into the museum, he's cornered by Arthur and his guards. Arthur explains to Steven that the scarab belongs to the Egyptian god Ammit, and he seeks to return it to her. Luckily for Steven, a tour group enters the room and he dashes to his gift shop.

Later that night, Steven gets attacked by a monster as he tries to leave the museum. Terrified, he hides in a bathroom, where his true self, Marc Spector, talks to him through the mirror. Marc tries to reason with Steven, asking him calmly to let him take over and save them. Eventually, Steven relents. Marc regains control of his body and suits up as the Moon Knight to take down the monster.

Based on this first episode, viewers can expect to see more of Marc/Moon Knight in action, going up against Arthur to make sure the scarab doesn't fall back into the hands of Ammit.

To further explore Moon Knight's story, click on the links below:

  • Moon Knight Promo Spotlights Marc Spector's Heroic Mission
  • Disney Reveals New Moon Knight Plot Details
  • Marvel's Moon Knight Release Date, Trailer, Plot & News to Know

Moon Knight Easter Eggs and References

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Three Easter eggs containing references to three different Marvel characters appear in Episode 1. The name "Duchamp" on Marc's flip phone hints that Jean-Paul "Frenchie" Duchamp may appear later in the series. The living statue that Steven sits next to is Crawley, who, in the comics, served as an informant for Marc. And there's a QR code on the museum wall that links to a digital copy of Marvel's Werewolf by Night #32, possibly confirming fans' speculations that Disney+ will create a Werewolf by Night adaption this Halloween.

For more information on Moon Knight's Easter eggs, click on the following links:

  • Moon Knight Fans Convinced Trailer Includes a Major Fantastic Four Easter Egg
  • Moon Knight Promo Reveals a New Fact About the MCU Hero's Chest Emblem
  • Moon Knight Shows New Look at Mysterious Mr. Knight Alter
  • Moon Knight Teases an Important Marvel Character's MCU Arrival
  • Moon Knight Writer Confirms Cameo of Major Marvel Character
  • Moon Knight's First Episode Includes a Unique Werewolf by Night Easter Egg

Moon Knight Theories and Rumors

The MCU fandom is as quick to theorize as it is to finding Easter eggs. Theories regarding Moon Knight are plentiful. Some center around May Calamawy's Layla El-Faouly and who she might actually be. Others try to parse out where the series fits into the MCU timeline. Additionally, there's rumors about fan-favorite characters making cameos and speculation on who the real villain of the series is. There's also a theory that Moon Knight was foreshadowed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

A theory that spawned from observations of Episode 1 points out similarities between the methods of Hydra scientist Arnim Zola and Arthur Harrow, disciple of Ammit. Zola develops Project Insight, an algorithm that determines whether or not a person could be a potential threat to Hydra. Harrow, on the other hand, uses power from the god Ammit to judge a person's "goodness" to determine whether they live or die. There's also a theory from Episode 1 on what exactly the creature who attacked Steven is.

To further investigate these theories and rumors (and many more), click on the following articles:

  • Moon Knight May Have Solved a Winter Soldier Mystery
  • Moon Knight Doesn’t Introduce Werewolf by Night - It's Something Far Scarier
  • Moon Knight Episode 4 Contains Something 'Extremely Exciting,' Say Directors
  • Moon Knight's Oscar Isaac Fuels Hulk Appearance Rumors
  • REPORT: Mark Ruffalo's Hulk Will Appear in Moon Knight
  • An MCU Theory Suggests The Real Villain Of Moon Knight Is Dracula
  • Moon Knight Boss Thinks the Avengers Will Recruit Oscar Isaac's MCU Hero
  • Moon Knight's Mysterious Enemy May Tease Khonshu's True Power
  • Moon Knight's Trailer May Tease a Threat Greater Than Ethan Hawke's Cult Leader

The first episode of Marvel Studios' Moon Knight, "The Goldfish Problem," is streaming now on Disney+. The six-episode series will drop new episodes weekly through Wednesday, May 4.

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