Embrace to chaos: The burred lines between reality and dreams in Moon Knight

(image courtesy IMP awards)

The series follows Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt. (synopsis courtesy CBR.com)

I have to hand it to Marvel.

Now they have the big, admittedly appealing big guns out of the way like Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man etc, all of whom have found a ready home in the hearts of the moviegoing and streaming public, they are bringing some truly obscure – to a novice like yours truly; for marvel stalwarts, these characters are already well known – characters to the fore.

We’ve been introduced to the Eternals and Shang-Chi in the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and now we are being treated to intriguing characters like Moon Knight who promises to bring a wholly interesting new perspective to superhero action.

Primarily it appears that the character’s dissociative identity disorder will play a big part in his story, which is important in an era where people are willing to talk more openly about mental health issues, with CBR.com outlining how this state affects the trajectory of the character:

“Created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin, Moon Knight’s mental condition has been a vital part of the hero’s journey since his earliest comic book appearances. After an attack by a colleague left Marc Spector critically wounded outside of an Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb, the ancient god, Khonshu, resurrected his body. When Marc traveled back to America, he became Khonshu’s champion, Moon Knight. To cover his tracks and obtain information from different social circles of crime, Marc developed the persona of Steve Grant, an eccentric millionaire, and Jake Lockley, a street-wise can driver. Over time, Marc’s past trauma and multiple personalities led him to develop dissociative identity disorder, though some comics have suggested that the condition arose from Khonshu’s intervention.”

It sounds utterly fascinating and intensely imaginative making 30 March 2022, when Moon Knight premieres on Disney+, one to put in your no doubt very full streaming calendar.

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