Oscar Isaac’s new Marvel show Moon Knight barely feels like the MCU. But, don’t panic. This is a feature rather than a flaw as it showcases that even after nearly 15 years of films and television series, Marvel Studios is still finding new ways for audiences to engage and surprise audiences with these characters. But it is an adjustment, particularly for those who might have been expecting a vigilante show closer to Marvel Television’s older Netflix series, like Daredevil.
Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, previously alluded to big plans for the character in the future of the MCU, including a presence in films. But how exactly remains to be seen, for reasons that become increasingly clear as the series progresses. Let’s just say, it’s hard to imagine Moon Knight eating shawarma alongside Thor, Captain Marvel, and Shang-Chi. But, is a bigger crossover in the works for Moon Knight? And how does the show fit into the bigger Marvel world? After the first episode, here’s what to know about the larger future of Moon Knight. Spoilers ahead for Moon Knight, episode 1.
How does Moon Knight Fit into the MCU?
The timeline for Moon Knight isn’t particularly clear in terms of whether the series takes place pre-Blip, post-Blip, or during the five years where half the world’s population disappeared. There are no references to any of the larger Marvel events. In part, this could be chalked up to the fact that America, where most of the MCU’s characters reside, is a non-presence at this point in the series.
Although Isaac’s Steven Grant works at a history museum in London, it’s not the same one where we saw Sersi (Gemma Chan) and Dane Whitman (Kit Harrington) working at in Eternals, which removes what could be another hint at when the series is set. But Moon Knight is firmly set in the MCU, despite the lack of Easter eggs or connective tissue, a fact that producer Grant Curtis told Inverse.
Given Black Widow is the only Phase 4 project to take place pre-Blip, I’m going to assume Moon Knight takes place post-Blip, but perhaps pre-Eternals before the lore surrounding Marvel’s gods was altered by “the emergence.”
Will Moon Knight appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?
Well, if online rumors are any indication, everyone who’s ever been associated with a Marvel project will be in Multiverse of Madness, so who knows? Moon Knight is a supernatural-based character which makes it possible for him to have some dealings with Doctor Strange, or for Khonshou, the Egyptian god of the moon he serves, to get a shoutout.
In the comics’ Damnation storyline, Doctor Strange assembled a new iteration of Marvel’s supernatural team of heroes, The Midnight Sons, to face off against Mephisto and his forces in Las Vegas. That line-up included Moon Knight. So perhaps we’ll see Strange approach Moon Knight in a post-credit scene, which seems more likely than him playing a significant part in the central events of the film. And that brings us to the last major question on everyone’s minds.
Will Moon Knight join the Avengers?
Although it’s hard to imagine Isaac’s character fitting in alongside the established Avengers in the MCU, Moon Knight has been a member in the comics. Despite being mostly known for operating solo, Moon Knight was a member of the West Coast Avengers, alongside Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Tigra, Wonder Man, Henry Pym, and Iron Man in the late 80s. He was later a member of Steve Rogers’ black ops, Secret Avengers team which also consisted of Black Widow, Beast, Valkyrie, Sharon Carter, War Machine, Nova, and Ant-Man (Eric O’Grady) in 2010.
As you can probably tell, even when he’s a member of the Avengers, it’s a subordinate team, one with an odd assemblage of characters, which fits with the character’s own odd status in the Marvel Universe. While Marvel Studios hasn’t confirmed a team of “New Avengers” they are undoubtedly on the horizon. Moon Knight could potentially be a part of that, but I foresee him going in a different, darker direction.
Marvel’s Midnight Sons have become an increasingly fan-desired project of late. The supernatural team, formed in the 90s, has featured Ghost Rider, Morbius, Blade, Man-Thing, and Werewolf by Night, among others, in its lineup. Marvel Studios may have already teed up the team with Eternals’ post-credit scene that featured, Blade meeting with Dane Whitman, who in the comics, takes up the mantle of the mystical hero, Black Knight. It’s easy to imagine Moon Knight joining them on a global, supernatural adventure.
For now, Marvel’s Moon Knight is self-contained and worthy investment on its own terms. Don’t expect it to be like the other MCU shows in terms of Easter eggs and fitting within the larger MCU, at least not for a while.
Moon Knight airs new episodes on Wednesdays on Disney+.