Moon Knight premieres on Disney+ March 30 after what feels like an interminable wait.
The tale of Marc Spector and his alters has a long history in comics, but newcomers and old-time readers alike are having fun putting the pieces of the MCU’s take on him together via cast and crew interviews in the weeks leading up to the release.
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In a recent press conference hosted by Entertainment Weekly, Oscar Isaac opened up about his acting process, his influences and how he chose to portray the character of Moon Knight.
Moon Knight And The Creation Of Steven Grant
As the great Oscar Isaac himself explained:
When I asked why the show was set in London, the answer was, ‘We just have too many characters in New York.’ So, it seems like…let’s change it up! Let’s do an ex-pat in London. I love English humor like The Office, and there’s so much of that humor that I find so funny. So, I thought there’s an opportunity here to make him [very] English! What if Peter Sellers was approached with a Marvel project? What would he do?
And so I started thinking about that, and that led me to Karl Pilkington from An Idiot Abroad. Not so much for his accent, but just his sense of humor and the way that you can’t tell if he knows he’s being funny. Then I thought about the Jewish community in London, and where a lot of that community is from, and Enfield is an area. I listened to accents that were sort of Northeast London, and then just committed to that. It wasn’t just about his accent, it was about his timid-ness and his wanting to connect to people but not quite knowing how.”
THE INFLUENCES OF THE KNIGHT
It’s fascinating to hear Isaac talk about how he approached the role and researched the London area to pinpoint what accent he wanted to use. Though he isn’t Jewish himself (which has raised a bit of controversy), it’s great to see that he has researched British Jews in Enfield and is trying to portray the accent as carefully as possible.
We do know that he will be using multiple accents for the series as well, since he will be playing a character with Dissociative Identity Disorder. These separate identities will also be interacting with each other, so it will be interesting to see how Isaac pulls that off.
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As for the comedic influences Isaac mentioned, we find them absolutely fascinating. The references he dropped from Peter Sellers to The Office and An Idiot Abroad all point to a similar type of humor in common. Like Isaac said, you can’t really tell if they know they’re being funny. It’s a different type of humor than the confident quips of Tony Stark or the crassness of Deadpool. It’s a humor that comes from a character who isn’t necessarily confident in his own skin, who finds himself in situations where he feels out of place and doesn’t recognize his own quirks and naivety.
While we don’t expect this show to have much of a comedic tone and critic reviews say that it’s Disney+’s darkest series yet, it’s still interesting to see Isaac look to these comedies for inspiration for at least one of his personalities. It will be very exciting to see how Marvel balances these different tones, or if it will come across as fractured as the character himself. We don’t have much longer to wait, as Moon Knight premieres in just one week.
“Moon Knight 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.”
Moon Knight premieres March 30 on Disney+. Are you excited to see what kind of performance Oscar Isaac gives as Marc Spector? What do you expect do you expect the MCU to deliver next? Let us know in the comments below or on our social media.
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