The very first official trailer for Disney+’s new Moon Knight show has been published, providing spectators with a thorough first look at the series’s mind-bending excitement, supernatural villains, and heroic engagement. In addition to the spectacular fight scenes, the video teases Marc Spector’s struggle with mental health, including a scene in which Spector answers the phone and doesn’t know his own name.
The trailer also shows more about star Ethan Hawke’s mystery new nemesis, a part that had previously been kept under wraps. While Hawke’s role isn’t identified in the teaser, the captions disclose him to be Dr. Arthur Harrow, who Moon Knight fans know as a crazy genius who was in contention for the Nobel Prize until his participation with Nazi experimentation during WWII was uncovered. Although Harrow and Spector’s contacts are minimal in the first teaser, Harrow is visible amid a throng and later tells Spector, “It must be very difficult. The voices in your head. There’s chaos in you. Embrace the chaos.” Other sequences see Spector attempting to find out who he is, shouting at himself in a mirror, and eventually morphing into the eponymous Moon Knight.
Fans have been waiting for the first trailer for quite some time. The show was formally confirmed at D23 in August 2019, while Oscar Isaac’s presence as Spector was merely a matter of conjecture. In May 2021, he was finally announced to portray the main protagonist. Several months ago, a video showing Isaac dressed as Moon Knight surfaced, albeit the tape’s authenticity was called into question. Disney gave the first glimpse at Moon Knight in November, revealing Marc Spector’s conflict and life as a vigilante through small excerpts. More recently, a video clip heralded the release of the full film, offering viewers a first glimpse at Hawke’s nemesis and more of Moon Knight’s bizarre and mysterious world.
Isaac previously discussed playing Marc Spector and his excitement for the part, while he also described it as one of the most difficult jobs of his career. The actor previously mentioned in an interview, “I could not wait to get to set, and it was the biggest workload I’ve ever had in my career and most challenging; by the sheer amount of stuff, we had to do in eight months, and even yet, I couldn’t wait to get to set and work.” While Isaac has never revealed any specifics about the character or narrative of Moon Knight, he has suggested, “I thought there was an incredibly unusual story to tell within the world of, you know, the superhero language.”
Moon Knight debuted in Werewolf by Night #32 in 2975, invented by Doug Moench and Don Perlin. Initially, the figure was portrayed as a marine-turned-mercenary who experiences severe multiple personality disorder and becomes the carrier for the Egyptian moon deity Khonshu following a near-fatal incident. Until recently, there was considerable controversy about whether Khonshu was a god looking over the vigilante, or if the deity was another entity created by Spector.