Marvel Studios' forthcoming limited series, Moon Knight, launches in late March, marking the character's long-awaited arrival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The series will take the MCU in a new creative direction, exploring darker elements, themes and characters that will keep audiences on the edge of their seat.
While the series won't rely heavily on its source material throughout its run, it will gradually unravel every facet of the titular character with greater detail. With that being said, here's everything you need to know about the Moon Knight series, including its premiere date, how to watch and more.
When is Moon Knight releasing?
The latest Marvel Studios limited series will begin streaming on the streaming service platform, Disney+ on 30th March 2022. The date's significance is crucially important as it coincides with the Waning Crescent moon phase, for which the iconography is used throughout promoting the series.
How to watch Moon Knight?
As stated previously, Moon Knight will only be available via streaming on Disney+. New episodes will drop every week on Wednesdays as the series concludes on 4th May 2022.
This series is reported to premiere six episodes averaging around 40-50 minutes in length. Moon Knight is part of the MCU's Phase Four plans with no confirmation of when and where the character will appear next.
Disney+ is available in over 50 countries and regions, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. Furthermore, the service will launch in over 50 more countries and regions, including the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, in mid-2022.
How many episodes will there be of Moon Knight?
According to the show's IMDb page, six episodes will be set to feature in this limited series. Each episode will vary between 40 to 50 minutes in length, with an official synopsis published once the episode airs on Disney+.
We will provide a weekly episode breakdown and review guide on the latest episode of Moon Knight, plus our final thoughts on what to expect in the following episode. You can read our official episode guides below:
- Episode 1: Moon Knight The Goldfish Problem – Episode breakdown and review
- Episode 2: Moon Knight Summon the Suit – Episode breakdown and review
- Episode 3: Moon Knight The Friendly Type – Episode breakdown and review
- Episode 4: Moon Knight The Tomb – Episode breakdown and review
- Episode 5: Moon Knight Asylum – Episode breakdown and review
- Episode 6: Moon Knight Gods and Monsters – Episode breakdown and review
What is the Moon Knight series about?
Not to go too much into its comic book history, the MCU's version follows Marc Spector, a former mercenary with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) with multiple identities distinct from each other. One of these identities, Steven Grant, is a recluse yet sensitive gift shop assistant for a museum; however, he has insomnia, frequent blackouts and dreams of a past life.
Unbeknownst to Grant, this past life appearing in his dreams is as Spector, which causes tensions between the two personalities. This heightens as Spector/Grant becomes the vessel for the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu, which transforms him into the titular character, Moon Knight.
As Moon Knight, Spector/Grant gets pulled into a brutal and unforgiving mystery involving other Egyptian Gods and deities featured in the series. This also results in another personality developed, Mr Knight, a small-time detective donning a white suit with hints of other characters to feature.
Moon Knight casting and characters
Taking on the role of Moon Knight, its multiple personalities and complexities are portrayed by Oscar Isaac in his third foray into the superhero genre. Having played the villainous En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse, Disney fans will notably recognise the actor as the heroic pilot Poe Dameron in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the upcoming Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse as Miguel O'Hara / Spider-Man 2099.
Alongside the actor, Ethan Hawke portrays the series' main antagonist, Arthur Harrow, a religious fanatic possibly aligned with another Egyptian god or deity. In the series, Harrow sees Moon Knight as a threat who's preventing him from saving the world, often encouraging the character throughout the series to embrace the darkness within.
While we caught glimpses of Spector/Grant tapping into a darker, twisted side in the trailers and teasers, how this influences the other personalities are what many are curious to see. Harrow plays a significant part in Moon Knight's MCU continuity; it's also worth mentioning that the character only made one appearance in the Moon Knight comics.
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How closely will it tie to the comics has yet to be seen; however, I am most excited for a new Marvel Studios series to arrive soon to avid Marvel fans. The studio has been on a stellar record thus far with the success of its previous series, including WandaVision, What If? and Loki, mainly receiving positive reviews.
Where and when Marc Spector/Moon Knight will appear next in the MCU remains to be announced. Moon Knight premieres on Disney+ on 30th March 2022, and episodes launch every Wednesday at 12 am PT / 3 am ET.
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