Mercenary Marc Spector died in Egypt, under the statue of the ancient deity Khonshu. He returned to life in the shadow of the moon god, and wore his aspect to fight crime for his ain redemption. He went completely insane, and disappeared. This is what happened next.
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Marc Spector, also known as the Moon Knight, is a Marvel Comics superhero who debuted in
Werewolf past Night
vol. 1 #32 (August, 1975). He was created past Doug Moench and Don Perlin. Spector was once a U.S. Marine, but quit and became a mercenary when he went to Egypt. At that place, he befriended French pilot Jean-Paul DuChamp, often referred to simply as “Frenchie”, while working for Raoul Bushman. The trio shortly plant an archaeological dig that unearthed a temple to the moon god Khonshu, with a statue of Khonshu inside. Bushman decided to boodle the site, and in so doing, killed the atomic number 82 researcher, Dr. Alraune. In response, Spector picked a fight with Bushman that did not go as well equally planned.
As Spector lay dying, Khonshu appeared to him in a vision and offered to bring him back to life if he became the god’south avatar on Earth. He did. Subsequently repaying his new Arch-Enemy Bushman, he went back to America with Frenchie and the late Dr. Alraune’south girl, Marlene. Deciding to become a crime-fighter, Spector created a silver-cloaked costume and became the Moon Knight. Ashamed of his mercenary past, he invested the money he caused from those jobs, adult a small fortune, and created the identity of Steven Grant, also every bit the
identity of common taxicab driver Jake Lockley.
Later incarnations have had him lose his grip on reality and treat each of these personae as dissimilar people, amid other identities crafted to suit his needs. He’south commonly seen equally a Helm Ersatz of Batman, due to the “millionaire playboy” Steven Grant personality and cape-wearing, overly-thematic nighttime vigilantism. Strictly speaking, he has a lot more in common with The Shadow, also the principal inspiration for Batman, just writers take ofttimes used him for a sideways commentary and deconstruction of DC’due south greatest Cowl, usually as a contrast — people may enquire if Batman is as crazy as the villains he fights, but Moon Knight
He also entered the spotlight (kind of) as an official member of Captain America’s Clandestine Avengers after
Siege. In 2014, he got a new ongoing series with the first vi bug by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey. Afterwards them, information technology became a rotating writer/artist volume, with Brian Woods and Greg Smallwood doing #7-xiii and Cullen Bunn and Ron Ackins doing #14-17. Declan Shalvey remained on covers for a while and Jordie Bellaire on colours. Each issue was a washed-in-one chance (with some recurring background plots) rather than the more common arc-based structure.
Jeff Lemire wrote a new Moon Knight serial post-Secret Wars, with Greg Smallwood returning as the artist. The series went back to Marvel’s typical arc-based structure. After Lemire’s run finished, Max Bemis and Jacen Burrows took over creative team duties in time for the
initiative, which returned Moon Knight to his all-white costume and traditional superheroics in dissimilarity to Lemire’due south Heed Screw and Ellis’s Genre Throwback to The Shadow (kinda).
In 2021, a new serial spun-off of Moon Knight’s advent in
The Avengers (Jason Aaron), written past Jed MacKay with art by Alessandro Cappuccio. In this incarnation, Moon Knight now runs a “Midnight Mission” that helps those who travel by night, while Khonshu sits imprisoned in Asgard. Withal, “Marc Spector, in whichever guise he dons, is back on the streets, a renegade priest of an unworthy god.”
The grapheme made his live-action debut in the Disney+ series
Moon Knight, which was released in March 2022, with Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist,
The Umbrella Academy) as showrunner. It is part of Stage 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Oscar Isaac playing the grapheme, with May Calamawy, Ethan Hawke, Gaspard Ulliel and Lucy Thackeray in other roles.
vol 1 (1980) #1-38, (2017) #188-200
Moon Knight Special Edition
(1983) #one-three (reprints stories from the UK
vol ii (1985) #1-6
Marc Spector: Moon Knight
Moon Knight: Divided We Autumn
Moon Knight Special
vol iii (1998) #1-iv
vol 4 (1999) #1-iv
vol 5 (2006) #one-thirty
Moon Knight Annual
vol i (2008) #1
Moon Knight: Silent Knight
Vengeance of the Moon Knight
Shadowland: Moon Knight
vol 6 (2011) #1-12
vol vii (2014) #1-17
vol viii (2016) #1-14
Moon Knight Annual
vol ii (2022) #1
vol 9 (2021) #1-present
Devil’s Reign: Moon Knight
Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood
vol eight (2022) #33-37 (“The Age of Khonshu” story arc, leading into
Conan: Snake War
(2020) #one-four (i of the primary characters)
(2022) (one of the main characters)
vol i (1972) #47-51 (briefly joins the team)
vol 1 (2000) #4-fourteen (fellow member of the team)
vol ane (1971) #28-29 (solo adventures before his commencement book)
vol 1 (2010) (fellow member of the team)
Werewolf by Night
vol 1 (1972) #32-33 (start appearance)
West Declension Avengers
vol 2 (1985) (one of the later squad members)
provides Examples Of:
All Myths Are True: Function of his
Alternate Visitor Equivalent:
Of another “knight”, simply with Divergent Grapheme Evolution leading to some heavy shades of Deconstruction and Foil. Both are Terror Heroes, but Batman fights from darkness, while Moon Knight wears white and then people come across him coming. While Batman has his entire (Bat-)family, as well as his friends in the Justice League, Moon Knight is a perennial D-lister with no friends, and a third-string Avenger. And while (virtually) writers portray Batman to be (in the context of his weird universe) actually entirely sane and rational, Moon Knight is the cape-wearing vigilante if his sanity were
- Come Warren Ellis’s 2014 run and the ‘Mister Knight’ persona a case tin can be fabricated he is also 1 for Steve Ditko creation ‘Mr. A’.
- Of another “knight”, simply with Divergent Grapheme Evolution leading to some heavy shades of Deconstruction and Foil. Both are Terror Heroes, but Batman fights from darkness, while Moon Knight wears white and then people come across him coming. While Batman has his entire (Bat-)family, as well as his friends in the Justice League, Moon Knight is a perennial D-lister with no friends, and a third-string Avenger. And while (virtually) writers portray Batman to be (in the context of his weird universe) actually entirely sane and rational, Moon Knight is the cape-wearing vigilante if his sanity were
Ambiguously Jewish: At least initially; later it’due south firmly established that Marc’south the son of a rabbi, but he isn’t very religious (unless you count his devotion to Khonshu). In some of the flashbacks in the 2016 series, he’south seen wearing a kippah, and after his father dies, Marc goes to attend his shiva. The Bemis run touches on this somewhat, with Marc commenting on his cultural roots every bit a Jew and how information technology influenced him, including a traumatic incident in his babyhood when he encountered
antisemitism and first learnt near the Holocaust, an incident that likely contributed to Marc’s later mental instability.
Cryptic Situation: A
Civil War Ii
tie-in has Nick Fury explaining that Moon Knight was stuck in an aviary at the moment. The bodily 2016 Jeff Lemire run never actually explains if the asylum was existent or just part of Marc Spector’s delusions in his mental journey to
The gigantic Mind Screw attitude of the series doesn’t help to give clues or answers.
- Anti-Hero: He is The Cowl, only mentally unstable (and his patron god wants him to be a Blood Knight).
How many times before a guy figures it out? How many times do you beat a guy downward? How many times practise you lot take him out? Before he knows you lot’re better than he is? He never got it. Guess that’s why he’s called a nemesis. So, how many times can you lot practise the same matter? Before you get sloppy? Arraign it on arrogance. Arraign it on a bag of tricks grown tired. Blame it on the passing years. Arraign information technology on him. Blame it on our hatred. The hatred born from slaughter. Slaughter built-in from friendship. Friendship built-in from recognition. Recognition of a kindred soul. Souls hating each other. Hating equally you can hate only one thing. The reflection in the mirror.
- An Arm and a Leg: Shadow Knight forcibly removed Frenchie’s legs equally part of one of his schemes.
Armor-Piercing Slap: When Spector is undergoing a Heroic BSoD during
God & Country, Crawley gives him one to snap him out of it. Then he gives him another two, for good measure.
The Atoner: In the series
Vengeance of the Moon Knight, he genuinely tries to become a true hero, who doesn’t kill, cripple or mutilate his opponents.
- Ax-Crazy: On his worst days, or when Khonshu is particularly pushy.
- Back from the Expressionless: Spector himself every bit part of his origin story, and Khonshu has brought him back to life several times since then. Bushman also came dorsum courtesy of the Hood’s supernatural goons.
- Badass Cape: Especially as drawn by Alex Maleev.
Badass Normal: Moon Knight has usually relied primarily on his agility, skills, engineering, and weapons to get by. Too his power to accept pain and punishment is phenomenal given his lack of physical superpowers.
- Empowered Badass Normal: At various points in the past, Khonshu has also empowered him with superhuman forcefulness based on the waxing of the moon, dark vision, express invisibility, and a Healing Factor. Since Warren Ellis’ run, he has displayed certain supernatural gifts like the power to see ghosts and speak to the expressionless.
- Ballistic Disbelieve: Carson Knowles, better known as the villain Black Spectre, is ownership a crapton of medieval weaponry and armour, and the dealer refuses to hand over annihilation until he sees payment. Knowles tosses a bag at his anxiety and begins picking upwards his weapons, while the dealer opens the handbag and complains at that place’s zero in there. He promply says “Oh @#$%” when the penny drops.
- Batman Common cold Open up: He does these, in another parallel with the Trope Namer.
- Battle Butler: Samuels, Spector’s butler, in one case spectacularly opened upwardly on Taskmaster with a blunderbuss.
- Beard of Sorrow: Grew one while crippled later on his pivotal fight with Bushman.
Becoming the Mask:
Scarlet: Your face.
Mr. Knight: It’s a mask.
Ruddy: It’southward not a mask. It’s your face.
Mr. Knight: Smart kid.
- Blackness Comedy: The Warren Ellis run has a lot of this.
- Blood Knight: Khonshu spends most of his time trying to push button Moon Knight into this role, with varying success.
- Trunk Horror: At one point his body was wasting away.
Bold Inflation: Uses
- Boxing Battler: Had a stint every bit a heavyweight boxer in his youth. While he learned many other styles throughout his afterward careers equally a soldier, mercenary and costumed hero, his hard-hitting brawling fashion of combat still brings to listen a prize-fighter. Emphasized by his occasional use of spiked cestus (the ancient precursor to battle gloves).
- Cain and Abel: Abel to Shadow Knight’s Cain.
- Camp Gay: Frenchie’s boyfriend and eventual hubby, Rob.
- Carnival of Killers: In issue #4 of his starting time series, Moon Knight is targeted past the Committee, a crime syndicate who feel MK double crossed them. They ship out five assassins: Ice, Bull, Dragon, Razor, and Boom Boom.
- Chainsaw Adept: The gimmick of the assassin… Chainsaw.
- Chest Insignia: In most incarnations, a crescent moon.
Often referenced in his own series. He even recalls his time as an Avenger: “Sent me to the West coast B team.” He finally made it to the A-List as a fellow member of the Secret Avengers. The merely problem is that nobody else knows he’s A-list now. In his 2011 serial, he finds himself unwittingly upward against
Count Nefaria, a homo who has taken on the Avengers in the past (as in: all of them, at once, by himself), who is more than than a little irate his plans are being tripped up by someone he didn’t even
Echo, frequent guest star of the aforementioned series. Played for Laughs when she calls the Avengers mansion under her existent proper noun.
Ms. Marvel: Who is this?
Echo: This is Maya Lopez.
Ms. Marvel: Um, who are you lot and how did you lot get this number?
Echo: Ballad, it’s me, Maya Lopez.
Ms. Curiosity: Um.
Ms. Curiosity.: Oh. Oh, hey.
Repeat: Yous didn’t remember my name, did you lot?
And presently after:
Luke Cage: Who was
Spider-Human being: Hey,
yeah, she used to be on the [Avengers].
Wolverine: You lot
noticed she was gone?
- Often referenced in his own series. He even recalls his time as an Avenger: “Sent me to the West coast B team.” He finally made it to the A-List as a fellow member of the Secret Avengers. The merely problem is that nobody else knows he’s A-list now. In his 2011 serial, he finds himself unwittingly upward against
- Commuting on a Bus: Moon Knight’s supporting characters were largely confirmed to have been phased out in Ellis’south run, explained as them having grown sick of Marc’s instability and moving on with their lives. This doesn’t terminate Jeff Lemire and Max Bemis from bringing back the likes of Marlene or Frenchie for more adventures with him, though Lemire’s usage of them is extremely ambiguous.
- Defoliation Fu: In the Bendis series, his boosted personalities (namely, Captain America, Spider-Human, and Wolverine) cause Moon Knight to start using their respective weapons in a fight. To say that this is unexpected by his opponents is an understatement. When Spider-Man catches wind of Moon Knight dressing and fighting like him, he’southward baffled.
Continuity Snarl: The reveal that Jake Lockley had gotten Marlene pregnant is either this or Canon Welding with huge retcons. The terminal time Marlene was in the film was during the ‘Vengeance of the Moon Knight’ era, where Jake Lockley had taken control and had opted to become a more than heroic figure, due to being gratuitous of Marc’due south sociopathy. And so, for Marlene to have been surprised past Jake ‘sneaking backside Marc’s back’ to accept an affair with her, but for her to find it loveless because he ‘lacked Marc’south warmth’, either means that Marlene completely forgot the time she was happily dating ‘Jake’ (who, again, was a Nice Guy compared to Marc),
the time Jake ‘was sneaking backside Marc’southward back’, and that what we saw at the time was just Jake’s perspective of him beingness a more heroic figure with a warm relationship with Marlene. It still doesn’t account for the fact Jake and Marc swapped personalities, though.
- The Cowl: Has parallelisms with Batman and The Shadow.
- Crazy-Prepared: Literally in Issue 3 of Book 5. When Spector encountered a gang of punk ghosts that were terrorizing a neighborhood, he got his ass kicked because they could striking him while his blows passed harmlessly through them. After stumbling dorsum home, he has a fiddling pep talk with Khonshu who tells Spector that he doesn’t need any help. Over the years, Spector had been collecting Egyptian armour and artifacts without understanding why or even remembering that he did and then. Some of those old Egyptian items have the power to affect ghosts. So cue round 2 and Moon Knight all decked out…
- Crime Fighting With Greenbacks: Spector is a rich man, only he has establish that he is “greenbacks poor,” as in a lot of his wealth is in assets that are hard to liquidate apace into cash.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In the Ellis books, Moon Knight was tasting a lot of Doc Martens thanks to some vicious ghost-punks. After getting some ancient Egyptian ghost-busting gear, he returns the favor and then some. Including smashing i ghost’s head clean off its shoulders and punching another’s arm right out of the socket. The ghosts are so terrified fifty-fifty after reforming at the site of their expiry, they do nil merely hide in a wall equally Moon Knight walks in to shut downwardly the item causing their spirits to manifest.
- Cuckoo Nest: The storyline “Welcome to New Arab republic of egypt” opens with Marc Spector in a mental institution, and told that the only part of his by adventures that was real was the multiple personality disorder. He doesn’t accept it, at least in part considering the infirmary being a Bedlam House made it just too obvious that this was the nightmare.
Darker and Edgier: He is a mentally unstable Anti-Hero empowered by a Jerkass God, so…
- His series has grown Darker and Edgier since the mid-2010s, and unlike another examples this has been an improvement every bit a side-result has been that his stories have been more tightly written and there’s a more cinematic picture show-noir quality to it, while his transformation into a cold-blooded killer is plumbing fixtures. This contrasts with his previous handling in the Marvel Universe where he’s been seen as little more than a schizophrenic loser and C-List Fodder.
- Deadpan Snarker: He likes to snark.
- Death by Origin Story: One of the few instances where the decease is the protagonist’due south.
Death Is Cheap: Marc Spector has died something like three times in continuity, and has been resurrected by Khonshu each fourth dimension, often inside the same story arc. When asked almost this in the MacCay run, he’due south non sure he
Mr. Knight: I’ve died before. It was boring so I stood up.
Deconstruction: Commonly viewed equally 1 to The Cowl archetype heroes. As it turns out, spending nearly every waking hr beating upwardly criminals, pushing your mind and body to its limits, and getting into life or death scrapes with superhumans
does a number on your psyche – though Moon Knight’south was broken to begin with, and his stories often make annotation that the simply manner anyone could go through with this kind of lifestyle is past beingness unstable to begin with. Ol’ Moonie has no interests exterior of crime fighting, with his dissever personalities often beingness viewed every bit
entirely divide characters
rather than extensions of the core Moon Knight personality, in the same way Batman and Bruce Wayne are viewed as beingness but taken to literal extremes. In essence, Moon Knight is every joke about the mental instability of Batman, Daredevil, The Phantom and Spawn played expressionless straight. And information technology certain every bit hell
Demonic Possession: The estimation of Spector’s Dissever Personality in the 2014 ongoing.
In the 2021 ongoing, the interpetation is that he had Demonic Possession
- He besides once was literally possessed by Demogoblin after an encounter with the so-possessed Hobgoblin.
- In the 2021 ongoing, the interpetation is that he had Demonic Possession
- Don’t You Dare Pity Me!: No matter how beaten up he gets, he rarely lets anyone else help him out, at least initially. Fifty-fifty Khonshu.
- Double Consciousness: Split Personality problems do non assist.
- Eldritch Abomination: Khonshu, from the 2006 run onward. Originally he liked to announced as Bushman’s faceless corpse and regularly goaded Marc to commit murder. Then as a malformed statue, however encouraging violence. Under Ellis he became a much colder effigy, appearing mainly as Mister Knight with a terrifying bird skull for a head.
- Enemy Mine: While the Contour is ofttimes combative towards him, he has just equally often aided Moon Knight, even helping him get registered afterward the Ceremonious War.
Evil Costume Switch:
His sidekick, Midnight.
Oddly enough, it hasn’t happened to Moon Knight himself in the 616-universe. In the Ultimate universe, at one point he creates a fake villain persona known as Ronin in order to work his fashion into the Kingpin’southward organization and ends up Becoming the Mask.
Exact Words: Around the time of Civil State of war, one issue had Marc Spector telling his friends that he would dice that night.
Of form he said nothing well-nigh Jake Lockley.
- Expy: While he is ordinarily referred to as a Batman-expy, he has far more in common with Batman’s own inspiration, The Shadow. Both are darker vigilantes with varying degrees of brutality depending on the accommodation, driven partially by a want to atone for their pasts, related to mystical concepts that can exist explained psychologically, varying degrees of super abilities, and who may or may not be paladins of higher mystical entities, depending on the version. Moon Knight, like The Shadow, relies on a close network of agents (outright referred to equally the “Shadow Cabinet”), some of which include close friends and people enlightened of his secret identity, and a complicated relationship with a romantic involvement. Additionally, Moon Knight besides employs multiple identities in his missions via his different personalities.
- Heart Scream: Moon Knight’due south battle with The Truth. The latter winds up getting his eyes shanked by a pair of crescent darts.
- Faking the Dead: He briefly faked his death and fled to United mexican states after a particularly trying boxing.
- Fighting from the Inside: Encounter Separate-Personality Takeover below.
- Fighting Your God: When Khonshu is at his worst, Marc has at times done battle against him, even though he’s spent his tenure as Khonshu’s crime-fighting avatar of vengeance.
- First Episode Resurrection: By the moon god Khonshu.
Flanderization: Due to many unfamiliar writers knowing nothing near Moon Knight besides his insanity, many of his brief appearances where he doesn’t play much of a role results in him beingness shown as an almost complete joke whose mental illness turns him into a goofy Cloudcuckoolander.
Doctor Strange: Damnation
for instance has him interim suspiciously more like Deadpool than anything.
- Marc has three aspects: himself, the ego; the violent Moon Knight, the id; the kind and helpful Mr. Knight, the superego.
- The three alters who alive in Moon Knight’s body also accept Marc every bit the ego and the one who fronts the most, while Jake is the violent and brutal id who deals with their worst memories, and superego Steven, who is what a superego would be equally a real person: without worries, friendly, charitable, but not as well deep.
God in Human being Form: Ellis’ interpretation of Spector in the 2014 serial: Marc was remade in Khonshu’s image after his death, to be the god’south latest avatar in the mortal world.
YOU ARE MY SON.
- Expert Scars, Evil Scars: Subverted. He has a scar over his left eye, just he’south a good guy.
- Hallway Fight: An outcome of the Warren Ellis run has Mr. Knight fighting his way through an entire brownstone business firm to rescue a kidnapped girl, including several hallways.
- Heroic Bystander: Upon being attacked by three supervillains at once, Moon Knight manages to defeat two of them but is tied upward by Coachwhip’s electrical coils. Coachwhip is near to fry Moon Knight when a eyewitness sprays her with a hose, shorting out her equipment and knocking her out from the feedback.
- Hollywood Healing: The fight with Bushman where he carved off his face left Spector in a wheelchair with his legs all but shattered. With the proper motivation from Khonshu and a little help in the Super Toughness department, he finally stood support and got back to information technology.
- Hunter of Monsters: Is known as this for supernatural and street level enemies. His kickoff ever appearance had him battling confronting Werewolf by Night, and the 2014 serial seems to accept restored him going up against street level violence as well as supernatural and just strange threats.
I Just Desire to Be Special:
One of the cops in issue #1 of the 2014 run becomes a bad guy because he’s upset Moon Knight is special and he gets no respect. The cop, Ryan Trent, ends upwards becoming the new Blackness Spectre.
- Insanity Amnesty: Marc’s mind makes him a nightmare for psychics. Profile was reduced to a screaming wreck from looking Moon Knight in the eye, the Truth was overwhelmed by trying to employ his powers on the Jake Lockley persona, and Hawley was left catatonic after trying to listen control Moon Knight and seeing what Khonshu had done to his mind.
- In the Hood: The Badass Cape has a hood, with a pointy stop to enhance the intimidating look.
- I Owe You My Life: Played straight. In the original Moon Knight stories, Crawley was a homeless man who Moon Knight recruited as an informant and agent, providing him with money, friends, and a mode to recover from his alcoholism. Different other agents of Moon Knight, Crawley does not take much of a life when not working for the vigilante. He says that just by aiding in Moon Knight’southward activities does his life concord whatever purpose, and without providing that aid he may too exist, and probably would be, lying dead in the gutter.
I Piece of work Alone:
- Often Subverted. Despite his loner identity and typically taking on most of the hard work on missions, Moon Knight openly relies on his partner Frenchie. He even adopts a sidekick at one point. In Marvel Knights he practically begs Daredevil to permit him on the team.
Played directly from Ellis’s run onwards. His car and aircraft are all run by autopilots and he has no one else at his base.
People who dear me suffer and die. I never want to be loved. That’s why I ever win.
- Come up MacLay’s run, he gets a vampire secretarial assistant, Reese.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: Frenchie often told Spector he loved him. Spector never put two and two together and assumed it was just Undying Loyalty. He never constitute out Frenchie was gay at all until after Frenchie had moved on with his life and found a fellow.
Jerkass Gods: In the arc “The Lesser”, Khonshu is revealed to be something of a Jerkass God, as well as a Blood Knight. He continues to be this for the rest of the book, and the post-obit
Vengeance of the Moon Knight
series both make a running theme of Marc (and Jake) having to resist Khonshu’s demand for blood.
Thia is furthered in Brian Forest’s run when Khonshu is willing to
abandon Moon Knight as his avatar for the Doctor instead because she is willing to be more bloodthirsty. It doesn’t last for long, only the God sways long plenty to make things difficult for “his son”.
This continues in Cullen Bunn’s run
where Moon Knight discovers in that location are other followers of Khonshu besides himself, including a monster that preys on children and a twisted cult.
- Thia is furthered in Brian Forest’s run when Khonshu is willing to
Joker Immunity: Notable aversion with Black Spectre; after many battles with Moon Knight,
he was shoved off a building and fell to his death. He hasn’t come up dorsum and has since been replaced past a new Blackness Spectre, though he was but a one-off. Bushman at least plays it more directly, having been brought back from the dead to act as The Heavy for Norman Osborn’s war with Marc.
Killed Off for Real: Bushman, Shadow Knight,
the showtime Black Spectre, Midnight, and Echo. Though Echo later gets better, as did Bushman.
Legacy Character: Played With; for a while, ‘Marc Spector’ is expressionless, and the Jake Lockley persona is running effectually as the dominant alter. Subsequently some cursory heroics in United mexican states he returned to New York and became a
kind of Moon Knight, i who uses more gadgets (including Power Armor that looks similar an all-white version of the Nolanverse Batman suit), and pistols that fire Unusual Ammo, and makes an effort to both be a much more heroic effigy and also a more respectable one as well. It has much of the trappings of being a Legacy Grapheme (Jake had a very unlike personality and used a new costume, and Jake even looked younger), except information technology was the
(physically, at least).
- Loners Are Freaks: And he is both of these things.
- Los Angeles: Where he worked for a fourth dimension, earlier returning to New York.
- Lunacy: In the by his forcefulness waxed and waned with the phases of the moon. Then again, there’s also a more up front end clarification of lunacy as well.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Depending on the Writer, Moon Knight is either a magically enhanced Avatar of an Egyptian Moon God, or he’south a lunatic who thinks he is. Regardless, he’s e’er an Ax-Crazy Badass with multiple personalities, but the principal thing that changes is if he’s a Badass Normal or not. YMMV on which is the more interesting interpretation.
Meaningful Proper noun:
- Spector means “face”. Marc is the identity who fronts the almost in the system.
- His brother Randall. It’due south funny that a guy who made his name fighting werewolves should have a brother named “wolf-shield”.
- Mind Screw: Marc Spector is a mentally unwell homo and his perception of reality is…dodgy to say the to the lowest degree. Using him as a lens into the Marvel universe leads to very outlandish, bizzare, and brilliant imagery.
Mind Screwdriver: The 2014 Warren Ellis run, which tries to put the Heed Screw aspects of Spector going completely insane in Brian Michael Bendis’ previous
run in terms of Spector’south relation to Khonshu.
- Multilayer Façade: Every bit part of his multiple personality disorder, sometimes even he didn’t know who the “real” person was nether all the double- and triple-personalities.
- Nighttime and Day Duo: He has this dynamic with Sun Rex. Both are avatars used by the Gods of the Moon and Sun, Khonshu and Ra, who become their power respectively from the moon or sun. The ii have been at war with each other for centuries, and to make it fifty-fifty better Ra is Khonshu’s male parent.
- No Hero to His Valet: His various companions and allies somewhen leave him in disgust (if they don’t die commencement) due to a mixture of his insanity, churlishness, and the wretched irony of funding a state of war on offense with a about-limitless supply of paramilitary blood money.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ended with the removal of Bushman’s confront.
- No Humour: Spector, Depending on the Writer.
- No Social Skills: Due to his poor mental state, Marc has a hard time forming emotional bonds and generally isn’t practiced with people. Fifty-fifty his longtime friendship and relationship with Frenchie and Marlene respectively fell apart later on most a decade. He realizes this, but considers information technology necessary; people close to him tend to get hurt, so he doesn’t care if he’s lonely as long every bit they’re condom. He’due south not even proficient at dealing with other members of the superhero community, many of whom openly shun him.
Odd Friendship: Marc and Rob, Frenchie’s then-future husband, become pretty skilful friends when Marc re-enters Frenchie’southward life, despite Marc being a brooding and aggressive Sociopathic Hero and Rob being a flamboyant Camp Gay Motor Oral cavity. Frenchie does
corroborate, in fact the anxiety of Marc (who he resented for the toxic effect he had on his life) potentially having the aforementioned issue on Rob that he did on Frenchie nearly drives the poor guy to suicide.
Poor Communication Kills: In a story arc of
Marc Spector: Moon Knight
(1989-1994), Moon Knight has become enlightened that Doctor Doom is later on an item in Marc Spector’s collection. He deduces that Doom is planning globe conquest once again and attacks Doom inside a Latverian embassy. Afterwards well-nigh getting killed in battle past Doctor Doom, Moon Knight learns that Doom only wanted to purchase a cameo locket that Marc Spector had recently obtained. It used to belong to Victor’s female parent, and contained a rare photo of Victor’s father. Moon Knight realizes he had provoked an unnecessary boxing.
- Preacher’s Child: Marc Spector is actually a rabbi’s kid, just fits the trope in the style he went bad before going sort of good.
- Individual Military Contractors: Spector’southward backstory.
Punch! Dial! Dial! Uh Oh…:
I arc involving voodoo zombies has one of these moments as Moon Knight finds even his college-than-average strength unable to faze an assailant.
Moon Knight: Yous’re going
downwardly, ugly. You’re going downwards and you’re
staying… y’all’re not going downward.
- Notably does this to his enemies. He’s not Fabricated of Iron, simply he takes more punches than he dodges to scare the hell out of them. Taskmaster wasn’t impressed.
- I arc involving voodoo zombies has one of these moments as Moon Knight finds even his college-than-average strength unable to faze an assailant.
- Existent Life: In the All New All Different run, it appears that the Steven Grant personality at present resides hither, overseeing a hypothetical Marvel Studios Moon Knight film.
“The Reason You lot Suck” Speech communication: Moon Knight gives one to the new Black Spectre about his predecessor, followed by a Badass Boast brindled with Self-Deprecation.
Permit me tell yous a thing most Black Spectre. He really just wanted to be loved. By his dad, his married woman, his crew, the whole city… I don’t know you lot. Let me tell you a thing near me. People who love me suffer and die. I never want to be loved. That’southward why I always win.
- Required Secondary Powers: During the Bendis run he had loftier-tech bracers made for himself and then he could mimic the fighting styles of several different superheroes. When he asks whether the retractable claws in the bracers are made of adamantium similar with Wolverine, the answer he gets that would exist pointless, as even with claws fabricated of regular high tensile steel his arm would intermission well before the claws exercise.
Retcon: Marc’south mental illness goes through this back and forth between Warren Ellis’ revamp and later Jeff Lemire’s relaunch. Ellis openly disliked Marc apparently ‘communicable’ DID by pretending to be other people and so explained this as the result of Khonshu’s influence. Lemire, who plant the mental illness aspect interesting, brought it back, explaining that Marc had been suffering DID
he became Khonshu’s avatar, with ‘Stephen Grant’ beginning emerging while he was in school (thus,
the event of him ‘catching’ information technology
the result of Khonshu). Information technology’s not quite reached Armed with Canon however, though.
Revisiting the Roots: Max Bemis’due south run (part of
Marvel Legacy) quietly dispenses with Warren Ellis and Jeff Lemire’southward status quo shake ups to return the character to his traditional superhero adventures. This results in
Khonshu being revived without explanation, the Mr. Knight persona seemingly forgotten in favor of the original identities of Spector, Grant, and Lockley, and the introduction of more fantastical elements such as a pyrokinetic nemesis for Moon Knight. This is likewise exemplified by the decision to ditch Declan Shalvey’south redesign for a return to the original all-white costume.
- Rich Idiot With No Twenty-four hours Chore: Moon Knight’south “Steven Grant” identity.
Rogues Gallery: Not a terribly interesting one, though, but it’due south getting better.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Has fought plenty of villains from elsewhere in the Curiosity Universe, such as Taskmaster and the Thunderbolts.
- Screw This, I’m Outta Here!: Played for Drama. After being put in danger besides many times and seeing how unstable Spector had become, Marlene walked out on him. Frenchie, after losing his legs, left not long afterwards. Though they both occasionally came back, these relapses became less frequent, and as of 2021 have completely airtight off that part of their lives, and Spector is content to leave it that style.
- Secret Identity: Several. It’s a downplayed subversion in that several major villains seem to know 1 or all of them, despite his best efforts — a fact which he oftentimes laments. In his earliest stories (1970s), earlier getting his own series, his identity was known to the Committee, a secretive system which once employed him. While the original Committee members died in one way or some other, several other villains had admission to the files which they left behind.
- Surreptitious Identity Identity: Even he can’t tell anymore.
Self-Fabricated Man: Moon Knight uses his abysmal pit of blood coin that he has earned over the years every bit a mercenary to protect the travellers of the dark. The treasures and artifacts of Khonshu belong to him also, equally he discovered them and was chosen by Khonshu to act as his avatar.
- In the early Moon Knight series (1980 to 1994), the mercenary money was a relatively pocket-sized initial capital. He invested it in the stock market place and earned a much larger fortune.
- Semper Fi: To farther his credentials as a professional person badass. He served in the USMC before becoming a superhero.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: His homeless informant, Crawley, is excessively verbose.
Sherlock Scan: A minor enemy of Moon Knight chosen The Profile specializes in this, literally to the point of information technology being a superpower. He is eventually defeated due to Moon Knight beingness an agent of a god. While the Knight himself could be analyzed, the god could not due to non being present.
- Moon Knight himself seems to have picked this up for one of his personas, Mr. Knight, in the 2014 series.
Effect 5 of the Ellis run is 1 big homage to
The Raid, with director Gareth Evans’ name written in graffiti in one point. (Declan Shalvey is a vocal fan of the film.)
Issue half-dozen of Lemire’southward run has Executive Producer Steven Grant talk nearly Curiosity Studios and mentions
Pismire-Man. Though by the tone of the dialogue, it comes off every bit a minor Accept That, U.s.a..
In Fist of Khonshu #6, Moon Knight quotes his chief inspiration, with a little twist at the end:
Moon Knight: The weed of crime bears bitter fruit! Law-breaking doesn’t pay. Khonshu knows!
One storyline in the 1990s series had Moon Knight encountering multiple alternate Moon Knights, many of whom were references to other heroes (“Mr Spector” is The Spirit; Moon Human being is Golden Age Batman; Nighttime Moon is
The Night Knight Returns
Batman; Moon Ghost is Space Ghost.)
- Effect 5 of the Ellis run is 1 big homage to
- Evidence Within a Testify: In the Bendis run, there is a Xena-like show based on his adventures called “Legend of Khonshu”. Marc Spector is the creator and executive producer.
Sidekick: He reluctantly takes on a sidekick in the form of Midnight at one indicate.
Midnight is subsequently turned into a cyborg and Moon Knight is forced to kill him.
The Smart Guy:
- Ray Landers, his mechanic who flies the mooncopter if Frenchie is unavailable.
- Bendis’ run had Buck Lime, a former SHIELD amanuensis, every bit this.
- Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!: Marc has been known to become a footling emotional and yell at his Khonshu statue.
Split Personality: Depending on the Writer, Marc will accept alternate identities living in his head. The most common being millionaire Steven Grant and cab-commuter Jake Lockley.
Ultimate Marvel, Moon Knight has v unlike personalities, including a little daughter. With no eyes.
In the 2011-2012 series, it’s Marc Spector, Captain America, Wolverine, and Spider-Man. Interestingly, they are enlightened of each other, and other than Marc usually just provide advice.
- When Echo is killed, Wolverine destroys the other two and drives Marc into Unstoppable Rage. Eventually Wolverine, Echo, and Atomic number 26 Human being become Marc’s new alternating selves.
- In the 2014 series, Marc switches to having Steven Grant, Jake Lockley, and Khonshu himself in his caput.
The 2016 run only had Khonshu and Marc, although because the circumstances…
- Through flashbacks, which should exist taken with a grain of table salt, information technology’due south revealed that Marc has had the divide personalities of Steven Grant and Jake Lockley for most of his life, dating dorsum to even when he was a boy.
- The 2021 run focuses on Marc solo, with Steven and Jake being mentioned as surfacing occasionally for brusque periods off-screen.
In the Ultimate universe “Warriors” story arc,
Moon Knight creates the persona of Ronin to infiltrate and accept down the Kingpin; he ends upwardly losing command, and Ronin takes over. Nevertheless, Ronin eventually comes back to “wake up” Moon Knight once again.
- Maybe not a consummate takeover, but in the Bendis series, when Echo is killed, Spector’s Wolverine personality actually destroys the Captain America and Spider-Homo personalities and drives Marc into an Unstoppable Rage.
- In the Ultimate universe “Warriors” story arc,
Stealth Pun: He’south quite literally a
Directly Gay: Frenchie, so much so that Moon Knight
didn’t even know he was gay.
- Tear Off Your Confront: Who cut Bushman`south face off? Moon Knight did. Moon Knight has became infamous for doing it, though at least the public doesn’t know that Spector even wore the face up, scaring away Marlene.
That Man Is Expressionless: At the end of the
The Death of Marc Spector
arc. In a conversation with Marlene, Frenchie confirms Marc Spector is indeed expressionless… but Jake Lockley
Thememobile: While Moon Knight’s Jake Lockley persona
a cab driver, Moon Knight typically travels by way of a
Thou Shalt Non Kill: A notable aversion. Moon Knight doesn’t
killing and generally tries equally difficult as possible to avoid information technology, but unlike about superheroes he’south willing to kill. Khonshu frequently tries to accelerate this willingness into becoming a full-diddled Blood Knight who kills any crook that crosses paths with him, but Marc usually resists it. When he
doesn’t, well… bad things happen.
For example, in the prologue to the “The Bottom” arc,
Moon Knight is nearly defeated by his nemesis Bushman, simply saves himself at the last minute by
etching Bushman’s face off
with a crescent knife.
- In his W Coast Avengers days, the team split up in two over their philosophical beliefs about killing. Moon Knight, Mockingbird, and Tigra were the only ones who viewed killing foes as an option for the Avengers. By that point, Mockingbird had already caused the death of Phantom Rider/Lincoln Slade, Moon Knight had acquired the death of Taurus/Cornelius Van Lunt, and Tigra had attempted to kill Master Pandemonium/Martin Preston.
- For example, in the prologue to the “The Bottom” arc,
- Through the Eyes of Madness: The post-Hole-and-corner Wars run. Marc Spector is in an insane asylum beingness treated for delusions. Or is he? The other residents of the aviary are his associates, and if he wears a homemade mask the orderlies look like jackals. And good ol’ New York is covered in sand and pyramids. The surreal art mode doesn’t help in determining what is real and what is not.
- Tragic Villain: Both Black Spectres, who turn to villainy to be noticed and respected, only to lose everything because of it.
Treacherous Advisor: Inverted.
Midnight is the ane who betrays Moon Knight.
- True Sight: In the post-Secret Wars run, Marc with his mask off sees a regular Bedlam House with cruel orderlies who give him electro-shock therapy and other tortures. Moon Knight with his mask on sees jackal demons running a prison in Neo-Egypt.
The entirety of Jeff Lemire’s run built upward to and ended with Marc and his personas killing Khonshu, freeing themselves of his negative influence (don’t worry about whether he’due south an actual Egyptian god or a representation of Marc’southward mental illness for at present). Max Bemis’south run inexplicably revives him with niggling to no explanation as to why he’s back and serving every bit the ringleader of Marc’s personalities again. Or why he’due south benevolent one time more.
When Echo is killed by Count Nefaria, Moon Knight’s Wolverine personality drives him into a rage, causing him to seriously injure the Count. Nefaria (a villain on the ability level of Thor) is actually forced into a stunned retreat to recover, and Moon Knight wakes up later chained to a hospital bed.
- Unreliable Narrator: It’s never articulate if what we are seeing is what’southward really happening or only the consequences of Moon Knight’s mental disease. His powers, Khonshu’s beingness, etc. are by and large left to the reader to decide if it’s all real or not.
- Villain Protagonist: The last outcome of Warren Ellis’due south run revolves around Ryan Trent, the new Black Spectre.
- Weapon of Choice: His armory is pretty unstable, having used a spiked gauntlet, a bow, guns that fire bolas, and a whole bunch of other weapons. His main weapons, still, are are a truncheon that can become a grappling claw or nunchuks, and “crescent darts”, shuriken shaped like a crescent moon. In the Secret Avengers, he uses a gun that shoots crescent shocktoxin darts. At one point in the Cloak-and-dagger Avengers he uses an energy shield, web-shooters, and metal claws.
- We Used to Be Friends: Whenever someone questions Marlene or Frenchie in Huston or Ellis’s runs, they make information technology very articulate they have nothing to practise with Spector any more. Marc is ok with that, because as he mentions, everyone that loves him ends upwards hurt.
Wham Episode: The “Gods And Country” arc;
Carson Knowles returns and nearly destroys New York, forcing Moon Knight to impale him by shoving him off a building on national television set. This is seen by Fe Man, bringing the total force of SHIELD and other registered heroes down on Moon Knight’due south head.
- The “Decease Of Marc Spector” arc; after a brutal battle with Bullseye, Moon Knight fakes his expiry and travels to United mexican states. Marlene, Frenchie, and Ray Landers all cut ties with Marc believing him to be dead.
Result 9 of the Bendis run;
Count Nefaria kills Echo, causing Marc to admittedly lose it with his ambitious personality outright
his other personality aspects.
- Issue 6 of the Ellis run; Blackness Spectre launches an all-out attack on Moon Knight.
- Just three issues afterward, in Result #9, Moon Knight’southward psychiatrist manages to convince Khonshu to piece of work with her rather than Marc.
Issue 5 of the All-New All Different series.
Information technology appears that the Marc Spector personality has committed suicide, paving the way for the Khonshu aspect to completely accept over his body and trap Steven Grant and Jake Lockley elsewhere.
Marc Spector, Steven Grant, Jake Lockley, and Moon Knight kill Khonshu.
Issue 3 of Bemis’s run ends on the reveal that
Marc and Marlene accept a immature daughter.
Wham Line: From Issue 15 of the Marvel NOW! run. Afterward slaying a boogyman type beast who would slaughter children in their sleep, Marc hears the dying monster whispering something.
Why have you lot forsaken me, Khonshu?
- What the Hell, Hero?: Meet Thou Shalt Not Kill to a higher place. This is outdone past the fact that he keeps the carved off face up as a memento. Khonshu appears to him as a faceless Bushman from this point on. Two arcs later on, while struggling with personality issues, Spector retrieves the face up-mask and puts information technology on before being caught past Marlene, who flees screaming.