Oscar Isaac on Moon Knight: ‘A Real Opportunity To Do Something Completely Different, Particularly in the MCU’

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Oscar Isaac as Moon Knight. Photo courtesy of MARZ VFX/Marvel Studios.

Moon Knight is an upcoming Marvel Studios series on Disney+, and it stars Oscar Isaac (Dune) as the titular character. The character is a superhero with powers thanks to the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu, and the series will be introducing the powers of the Egyptian gods. Isaac shared why he was attracted to the Marvel Moon Knight project during a recent press conference.

“When I looked at it and we talked – Grant, and Kevin, and Mohamed, as well – it just seemed like there was a real opportunity to do something completely different, particularly in the MCU,” Isaac said. “And to really focus on this internal struggle of this character, and to use Egyptian iconography and the superhero genre and this language to talk about this real internal struggle that this person is having. And also to create an indelible, unusual character, particularly with Steven Grant. So it felt like, for me, once I got a real take on how I wanted to play Steven and I brought that to everyone and they welcomed that with open arms, I also realized I had real, incredible collaborators and it was going to be a creative adventure.”

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Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant/Marc Spector. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.

Moon Knight is the superhero identity for Marc Spector, an elite soldier who has DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). His other personality is Steven Grant, a museum gift shop employee who is in for one crazy adventure. Isaac talks about adding humor to a personality who has no idea what’s going on.

“Well, I think the story is his point of view,” Isaac added. “It means that you’re just in the skin of this guy, and you’re seeing things happen. You’re experiencing it just as he’s experiencing it. So there’s something that’s terrifying about that. I think Steven, in particular, there’s a sense of humor there that is different from what we’ve seen. I think Marvel in particular has done such an amazing job at combining action and comedy in such a great way. And I thought with Steven, there was a chance to do a different type of comedy than we’ve seen of somebody that doesn’t know they’re funny, doesn’t know they’re being funny. And so that was really exciting. And then to find the counterpoint of that with Marc, in some ways leaning into a bit of the stereotype of the tortured, dark vigilante guy, but what makes him so special is that he has this little Englishman living inside of him.”

Isaac shares his inspiration for the English personality including actors like Peter Sellers and Karl Pilkington.

“What if we make him English?” Isaac said of Grant. “What if Peter Sellers was approached with a Marvel project, what would he do? And so I started thinking about that, and that led me to Karl Pilkington from ‘An Idiot Abroad.’ And not so much for the accent but just for his sense of humor where he doesn’t know — you know, you can’t tell if he knows he’s being funny. And then, I thought about the Jewish community in London and where a lot of that community is from and Enfield as an area and sort of listening to accents that are northeast London. And then just committed to that and found this guy that it wasn’t just about accent, but it was also about his timidness but also wanting to connect with people but not quite knowing how. So yeah, Russell Kane was another — is a comedian that I listened to, as well.”

About Moon Knight

When Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life, he 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.

Moon Knight will air weekly on Disney+ beginning March 30, 2022. 

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