The MCU is inching closer to its long-awaited return with its latest project, Moon Knight, whose first episode will arrive before the end of March. Featuring Oscar Isaac in the leading role and Egyptian native Mohamed Diab as its director, this limited series will bring the MCU's first new hero of the year in a wild globe-spanning adventure
Throughout its marketing campaign, Marvel and the team behind Moon Knight have teased the series as a largely standalone project in relation to its other MCU counterparts. Although there are rumors pointing to a potential appearance by Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk, this show won't necessarily rely on connections to the larger story to expand its own narrative.
That isn't to say that Moon Knight won't cross over with other major heroes in the MCU at some point, as Isaac has already teased who he would like to team up within other projects down the road. To give fans an idea of what that may look like, the show's director shared his own ideas for what that eventual crossover may look like.
Moon Knight Director on Future MCU Crossovers
During an interview with IndieWire, Moon Knight director Mohamed Diab imagined future conversations between the series' leading hero and other characters in the MCU.
Diab admitted that he could see Marc Spector "driving the characters of the MCU crazy" due to his dissociative identity disorder. The director imagined this causing some major problems if Marc switches to his Steven Grant personality or if Moon Knight suddenly changed into being Mr. Knight while talking with an Avenger:
“I could see Marc and Steven driving the characters of the MCU crazy. Marc’s speaking to someone with complete seriousness, and suddenly he turns into Steven, or Moon Knight turns into Mr. Knight. I think it would be amazing.”
Additionally, executive producer Grant Curtis reassured fans that the series is set firmly within the MCU, which is reinforced through "Easter eggs (they) drop" into the show's story:
“Moon Knight is very much in the MCU. The observant viewer is going to hear and see those Easter eggs we drop that do explain that and confirm that.”
The team wasn't set on making Moon Knight a standalone series, rather focusing on "the themes and tones" that Moon Knight's comic stories evoked over the years:
“We looked at the very first comics he appeared in, in 1975, and we looked over the years of storytelling, over the decades of Moon Knight stories, [and asked] what are the themes and tones that we’re gravitating towards as storytellers? We never intentionally tried to make this standalone."
A Crazy Crossover for MCU's Newest Hero
One of Moon Knight's defining traits is his struggles with dissociative identity disorder, which sometimes gives Marc Spector a handful of personalities to manage inside his brain that can switch at any time. Although this is undoubtedly a serious challenge for him to deal with in his own right, Diab can't help but look at how other major MCU players will react to this happening as they communicate with Moon Knight.
Moon Knight will have a tall order in front of it as Marvel looks to give a glimpse into living with DID, especially with most of the trailers thus far not even focusing on Marc Spector's core persona. Although it's a mystery when he will interact with other Avengers-level players, fans look forward to seeing exactly how that comes into play as those personalities come into the spotlight.
In exciting fashion, though, these quotes do confirm that Moon Knight is set directly within the MCU after promotional material teased some of the aforementioned Easter eggs that will be in play. As the leading hero is explored throughout these six episodes, the next step will be to find out how he meshes with more of Earth's Mightiest Heroes sometime in the future.
Moon Knight will begin streaming on Disney+ on March 30.