Moon Knight Doesn’t Require Prior MCU Knowledge, Producer Says

Exclusive: While previous MCU shows may have required the backstory of multiple movies to figure out, Moon Knight needs none of that.

According to producer Grant Curtis, watching moon knight requires no prior MCU knowledge. This week marks the start of Marvel’s latest live-action Disney+ series, and it couldn’t be further from the studio’s latest, holiday-themed one. Hawk Eye. moon knight now focuses on an all-new MCU hero and seeks to take the franchise into new territory. Oscar Isaac plays the main character, who is both Marc Spector and Steven Grant. Marc is a mercenary with dissociative identity disorder and Steven is one of his Quirks. moon knight Episode 1 finds Steven trying to piece together what happened around him as a result of Marc’s actions.


Isaac teased moon knight as more like a character study than anything else, and only focusing on the mental health aspect of the show, it feels like it could be standard drama. However, moon knight is also an MCU project, and an Egyptian god, Khonshu, gave Marc special abilities he can use to fight crime. The show also stars May Calamawy and Ethan Hawke, and F. Murray Abraham voices Khonshu.

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Screen Rant had the chance to sit down with Curtis, one of moon knight‘s, in honor of the show’s Disney+ premiere. One of the topics that came up is a common one for new MCU projects: how well does this connect to the larger universe? Curtis assured fans they didn’t need to come in moon knight as an expert on all things Marvel; in fact, you don’t need any prior knowledge of franchising. Curtis said:

Well, here’s the great thing about the Moon Knight series that we’ve done. It’s definitely in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but whether you’ve seen all the other Marvel Cinematic Universe offerings or this is your first deep dive, as long as you’re a fan of really good storytelling, I think you are going to find an aspect of Moon Knight for you. You do not need to have this prior knowledge.

Accessible indeed. I think if you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’ll see those Easter eggs that we’ve sprinkled throughout this. And I think you’ll get a kick out of it. But again, if this is your first dive into the MCU, I think this globe-trotting action-adventure that we’re taking Marc Spector and Steven Grant into, I think you’re going to enjoy it.

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When the public is watching moon knight episode 1, they might actually be shaken by the realization that this is taking place within the MCU. There’s no reference to the Avengers or the Blip; instead, the show focuses entirely on setting up Steven’s life and his connection to Marc. While it’s hard to say what the rest of the series will look like, those involved in moon knight pointed out that it had very few connections to the rest of the MCU and was almost more of a standalone project. That’s not to say Isaac’s character won’t interact with other Marvel characters later on, but for these next 5 episodes, he’ll only be taken on his own journey.

So, moon knight could actually benefit from a wider audience. Past Disney+ MCU shows relied on viewers knowing the detailed backstories of everyone from Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) to Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner). That may have put some people off, especially if they’ve skipped a Marvel movie or two over the years. This has long been one of the franchise’s problems. moon knight doesn’t require anyone to be aware of what’s going on in the MCU, which makes for a very exciting project. Fans can always hunt for Easter eggs, but don’t expect to see an Avenger flying overhead.

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