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MCU’s Moon Knight is very different from his comic book counterpart

Spoilers for Moon Knight ahead. You’ve been warned.

words by: Alee Kwong
Apr 30, 2022

If you’re watching Moon Knight on Disney+, then I don’t need to remind you how much of a trip it’s been. We are less than a week away from the season (possibly series) finale and there are still so many questions that remain unanswered. Moon Knight was never the most popular Marvel character but has since won the hearts of many MCU fans. Although Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight has gone above and beyond, there are many differences in his characterization of Khonshu’s fist versus his Marvel Comics counterpart. Let’s break it down.

 

—SPOILERS ALERT—

 

1. Steven Grant is a billionaire

 

Steven Grant is portrayed as a sweet and loveable oaf in the MCU, but in the comics he is actually a billionaire that bankrolls all of Moon Knight’s ventures. The Steven Grant we see in the MCU has a large apartment filled with books, but at the end of the day still works at the gift shop inside London’s Natural History Museum as a clerk with a knack for Egyptology. If you are looking for a reference point to understand Grant’s wealth in the comics, think Bruce Wayne.

 

2. London vs. New York City

 

In the comics, Moon Knight primarily operates within New York City. Starting our journey in London makes sense though. The series begins with us entering this corner of the MCU through Grant’s lens, again, as a gift shop clerk in the Natural History Museum. According to Collider, Oscar Isaac recently revealed that one of the reasons Marvel told him his new Disney+ series would be set in London is because the studio has “too many characters in New York.” As a result, Marvel chose to make his version of Marc Spector an “ex-pat in London.”

 

3. Mr. Knight is a detective

 

I feel confident in assuming that we all loved the first introduction to Mr. Knight in the series. Strikingly different than the Moon Knight warrior persona, Mr. Knight is a dapper counterpart who prefers two batons as his weapon of choice. In Moon Knight, we see Mr. Knight throw his hands up in a fight on a few occasions but that’s definitely not something comic book Mr. Knight would do. Introduced by writer Warren Ellis in Secret Avengers and used prominently during his Moon Knight run with artist Declan Shalvey, Mr. Knight is a consulting detective, not a superhero.

 

4. Marc Spector’s love interest

 

In the MCU, Marc Spector’s love interest is a new character by the name of Layla El-Faouly (played by May Calamawy), daughter of Egyptian archaeologist Abdallah El-Faouly. A sad truth that is uncovered in the fourth episode is that Marc Spector was present at the time of Abdallah’s death. Somewhat similar to the comics, Abdallah’s death was due to a site-raid gone wrong. Spector’s former commanding officer, Bushman, pulled an audible and slaughtered everyone on-site. When Spector tried to intervene, Bushman attacked Spector and left him for dead.

 

In the original comics, Moon Knight’s love interest is Marlene Alraune, whose father was an archeologist who discovered the tomb Marc supposedly died in Egypt.

 

In related Moon Knight news, Hawkeye and Moon Knight could possibly bring us closer to the West Coast Avengers and Moon Knight could open the doors to Midnight Sons.

 

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