I’m not sure if this warrants a SPOILER ALERT, but just in case if you haven’t seen ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ or don’t want to hear about possible movies in the future, you may wish to stop reading.
We all squealed with delight when Agent Jasper Sitwell (played by Maximilliano Hernandez) casually slipped a mention of Doctor Stephen Strange into a casual conversation in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’. After all, we all know who that is, and Doctor Strange has long been rumored to slated to get a Marvel movie at some point fairly soon. But Sitwell made another reference that was apparently too obscure for most fans to catch.
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Sitwell also mentions that S.H.I.E.L.D. was “having some trouble with a man from Cairo.”
Marvel has made efforts to create characters from different nations (even though 98% of its heroes live in New York), but there’s actually only one notable hero with ties to Cairo, Egypt.
Moon Knight. Marc Spector was a boxer, who then enlisted in the Marine Corps and afterward became a mercenary. While on one mission with the man that would become his arch-enemy Raoul Bushman, Spector was mortally wounded. Just before his death, he was confronted by the spirit of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, who offered to save him in exchange for his service.
During his time as a mercenary, Spector had amassed a fortune and utilized it to launch his career as a crime fighter called Moon Knight. He also started to develop personality issues. He created a third identity as Steven Grant, financier. Then as Jake Lockley, cab driver. His own true identity began to fade into the background and he has suffered mental breakdowns on multiple occasions.
He later started developing alternate personalities based on his teammates Echo, Iron Man and Wolverine.
Moon Knight has served off and on with various branches of The Avengers, so he has ties to that team. He is considered by many to be Marvel’s answer to Batman, being very wealthy and not being especially powerful beyond normal human standards. He relies heavily on gadgets in his combat. And Batman himself is often referred to as having mental problems.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige has previously stated that he wants to adapt Moon Knight, along with Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and all of the latter do indeed have projects in the works. Sounds like Moon Knight’s odds are looking pretty good!
Bringing Moon Knight to big or small screens shouldn’t prove too difficult, due to his lack of any flashy powers. He could certainly work in the cinematic universe, but his grittier style may be better suited for a Netflix series, alongside Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Those four will not only star in their own series, but will come together in a miniseries called ‘The Defenders’. But could Marvel be eying a Phase Two of Netflix shows? Or could he be coming to ABC TV, like ‘Agents of SHIELD’ and ‘Agent Carter’?
Are you a Moon Knight fan? Would you like to see him in a movie or a TV series?