Moon Knight fans have a lot to look forward to as Marvel’s famously bizarre superhero makes the jump to live action for the first time ever this week. But, while the hero’s famously fractured personalities are being translated to the MCU, one (or, technically two) of them might catch comic book fans off guard. Steven Grant, who in the comics is Moon Knight’s most Bruce Wayne-like identity, wealth, suave, and social, has been adapted for the show as both bumbling and broke with a now infamously silly British accent to top it all off.
In this week’s episode, “Summon The Suit,” we get an even closer look at Steven’s place in Moon Knight’s world as well as a glimpse of how he fits into the whole superhero scheme as well. At the end of the episode, he summons his very own version of the Moon Knight costume–which Marc jokes looks like “Colonel Sanders”–and is a pretty far cry from the traditional armor get-up with the billowing cape and hood. Steven’s costume is actually based on a relatively recent addition to the Moon Knight canon. Called “Mr. Knight,” the suit-wearing version of the superhero was introduced by Declan Shalvey and Warren Ellis in 2014 as, functionally, an additional identity in and of itself. While Moon Knight proper was a ruthless vigilante, Mr. Knight was a significantly more investigative, detective-like persona who would frequently team-up with others to help solve various crimes.
Of course, in the show, we now see that the live-action version of Mr. Knight is anything but a brilliant detective, just as Steven himself is anything but a suave billionaire. In fact, Mr. Knight is not actually named, nor is he a separate identity in Marc’s system of identities, the costume instead is simply a result of Steven summoning Khonshu’s power rather than Marc.
It’s a sizable disconnect from the comic book canon, but at this point in the MCU’s evolution, fans should probably be primed for it. And, of course, it was not without consideration from the creatives behind the show. In speaking with GameSpot, producer Grant Curtis explained that the decision to ditch Steven’s billionaire characterization was in an effort to help invite new fans into the Moon Knight world.
“[We wanted to] tell the story of Steven Grant and Marc Spector with the audience, putting the audience in a front row seat as much as possible. As Marc is learning about this aspect of his life, as Steven is learning about this aspect of his life, putting the audience in the front row with them, I think is what makes this journey very special.”
Curtis went on to explain that showrunner Jeremy Slater was responsible for the bulk of the decision behind updating Steven in this way–but that Oscar Isaac had a major hand in his development as well. Yes, even with the accent.
“What you see on the screen would not be the Marc Spector, Steven Grant, Moon Knight, without Oscar [Isaac]’s involvement,” Curtis explained. “His involvement was necessary, it was amazing. Nobody works harder than Oscar Isaac. It took that type of commitment to bring this character to life.”
New episodes of Moon Knight stream of Disney+ every Wednesday.