Phases of the Moon Knight: How Marvel's Mentally Ill Vigilante Became its Best Character - Paste

Moon Knight’s transformation made him profitable for Marvel Comics. 

The casual comic book fan may think that most popular movie characters have been popular since their creation. That’s far from the truth. Some of our favorite characters didn’t hit their stride for years. Wolverine made his debut in 1974 but didn’t develop as a character until the 1980s. Even then, it wasn’t until the 1990’s that he became marketable. Kitty Pryde’s first appearance was in 1980. While she’s always been an amazing character with layers, it wasn’t until the 2000’s that she showed how good of a leader she could be. 

That brings us to Moon Knight. His first appearance was way back in 1975 in Werewolf by Night No. 32. He got his first solo series five years later. For the next 20 years, Moon Knight floated in and out of obscurity for years after that. To many readers, he was Marvel Comics’ Batman. That didn’t help his popularity. Then, in 2006, Moon Knight was reinvented by Charlie Huston and became one of the most interesting characters in all comics. 

What made Moon Knight Popular?

If it wasn’t for writer Charlie Huston recreating this character, we wouldn’t be here having this conversation. He started the trend of turning Marc Spector (Moon Knight) into a completely different hero, vigilante, and all-around lunatic. Marc’s peers in the superhero community always thought he was crazy. Huston made it obvious to everyone. 

First, he took Moon Knight and broke him physically. After killing his nemesis and ripping his face off, his legs were broken. He could no longer be Moon Knight. That threw him into a wave of depression and pill-popping. When his loved ones tried to console him, he drove them away. He even slapped his girlfriend Marlene. Marc’s lucky she didn’t beat the breaks off him. She’s a bad-@$$.

Eventually, Moon Knight’s enemies wanted him dead after destroying his life. Too bad an overly ambitious worker set a plan in motion too early. They attacked his best friend and former pilot Frenchie and put him in the hospital. That got Marc off his @$$ and Moon Knight was back.

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Moon Knight’s God Khonshu

Then there’s Khonshu. For a while, we didn’t know if it was real or not. Sure, he brought Marc back from the dead and gave him powers (that Marc sometimes doesn’t have). But does that mean anything? People in comic books come back from the dead and get superhuman abilities all the time without the help of deities.

Eventually, that changed. The next host of writers slowly turned Khonshu from a joke of a character to a serious player. So much that he and Moon Knight ruled the world for a bit (Jason Aaron Avengers: The Age of Khonshu). A smart move since the Disney Plus show was on its way. 

Marvel Studios expectations

You can expect good things from Moon Knight. Especially if Kevin Feige’s quote about the show not holding back is true. The goofiness we saw in the previews could be for the PG rating commercials. Once the show begins, this writer truly believes we’ll be seeing a different kind of Disney Plus program. Something that begins a new era of adult programs.

What do you think? Are you excited about Moon Knight’s arrival on Disney Plus? Let us know in the comments below. 

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