Read Moon Knight comics here: https://goo.gl/2a63zG

Article by Gregg Katzman; artwork by Alan Davis

Article by Gregg Katzman; artwork by Alan Davis

A lot of characters and teams deserve their own Marvel Netflix show. Shang-Chi, Blade, and Daughters of the Dragon immediately come to mind. It would be so easy to make a list like “10-20 characters who need a Netflix show” – there are that many good options to choose from! There really is a lot of potential out there, but my top pick has remained the same for the past few years: Marc Spector, a.k.a. Moon Knight.

Written by Chuck Dixon; artwork by Ed Barreto, Nelson, and Avalon's Dave Kemp

Written by Chuck Dixon; artwork by Ed Barreto, Nelson, and Avalon’s Dave Kemp

At first, I wanted a Marvel Netflix Moon Knight show because it means viewers would spend 13 episodes learning all about the Fist of Khonshu. They’d see he’s not a “Batman ripoff”, and a character like this warrants 13 hours of focus instead of his story being crammed into 1.5-2 hours on the big screen. From his brutal beginnings to his internal conflict with Khonshu (the Egyptian God of Vengeance) and multiple personalities, there’s a lot of compelling material to cover with this character and Marvel Netflix has the ability to create the kind of atmosphere this vigilante needs.

Adding Moon Knight to the Marvel Netflix roster seemed like such an obvious choice to me, and then, much to my surprise, it was Iron Fist’s show that convinced me even more that Moon Knight is a perfect fit for Marvel Netflix. Look, I’m not here to praise or bash Iron Fist, but one thing did stand out to me about it: the series does a lot of telling and not a lot of showing. They talk a lot about Danny Rand’s time in K’un-Lun – his training and even him battling Shou-Lao the Undying – but we only get the occasional glimpse of K’un-Lun and we only see the immortal Dragon’s eyes once – that’s it! Was this because the budget couldn’t support spending more time in such an environment? Or was the objective to always focus on Danny in New York and then focus on K’un-Lun in season 2? Regardless of the reasoning, it made me realize that Moon Knight would not have this issue. Everything you’d expect from a Moon Knight story is doable for a Marvel Netflix series. In fact, the only time you’d have to leave New York is for the retelling of Marc’s very first violent clash with Raoul Bushman back in Egypt. This can all be revealed in one scene and then everything else happens in New York – no need for flashbacks outside of New York beyond that!

Written by Charlie Huston; artwork by David Finch, Danny Miki, and Frank D'Armata

Written by Charlie Huston; artwork by David Finch, Danny Miki, and Frank D’Armata

While Marc’s a ridiculously skilled martial artist and mastered the use of many weapons (he’s absurdly accurate with his crescent darts), a Moon Knight show has the opportunity to create action scenes that impress for a totally different reason. Why try to top Daredevil’s displays of martial arts? Unless the show is bringing in Gareth Evans (The Raid), that’s  probably not going to happen. Daredevil’s got the slick choreography locked down, so Moon Knight should instead focus on a more vicious approach to hand-to-hand combat, as well as his jaw-dropping throws with his crescent darts. Like I said, Marc is skilled, but if you draw some inspiration from the 2006 run, you’re going to get some downright savage fight scenes – that’s when Marc was pretty cool with taking a hit instead of dodging or blocking it, and then sending one back at his opponent even harder.

After season 1 explores Moon Knight’s harsh origin, psyche, and conflict with Bushman, season 2 – or a Defenders sequel (Marvel Knights?) – has a ton of team-up potential! Moon Knight has an especially interesting dynamic with Frank Castle, a.k.a. the Punisher (who’s played brilliantly by Jon Bernthal), and as you’ll see in the image below, Marc could put his wealth to good use, too.

So, what do you say, Marvel?

Written by Chuck Dixon; artwork by Ed Barreto, Klaus Janson, and Avalon Studios' Dave Kemp

Written by Chuck Dixon; artwork by Ed Barreto, Klaus Janson, and Avalon Studios’ Dave Kemp

The views expressed herein are solely those of the writer, and not Midtown Comics. Additionally, Midtown Comics makes no representations as to the accuracy of any of the information expressed herein.

Read Moon Knight comics here: https://goo.gl/2a63zG

Daredevil: https://goo.gl/QQAGDc

Iron Fist: https://goo.gl/jYU05w

Luke Cage: https://goo.gl/oHFSHP

Jessica Jones: https://goo.gl/qZoE6W

One Response to “Editorial: Moon Knight Deserves a Netflix Show”

  1. You won’t have me arguing against you, Gregg. I adore Marc and I think his character is one of the most nuanced and powerful within the Marvel Universe. Taking that and putting it into a Netflix show would be awesome. It would take away nothing from the other characters that have been introduced already. Even visually, he would be a welcome sight. I’ve had people argue that his mental issues would be too much and too controversial for Marvel to take on but after seeing how brilliantly Jessica Jones was depicted, I think they aren’t giving writers enough credit.

    Great breakdown.

    Posted by Lucia Lola on 12/13/09 April 10th, 2017 at 5:51 pmReply

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