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Moon Knight (Marc Spector) is a fictional superhero character who appears in Marvel Comics’ American comic books. The character was first introduced in Werewolf by Night #32 by writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin (August 1975). 

Marc Spector, a former Marine and CIA operative who became a mercenary despite his confused beliefs about violence and morality, was the son of a rabbi. He was outraged by vicious fellow mercenary Raoul Bushman during a task in Sudan, who then attacked and killed archaeologist Dr. Alraune. Spector was terminally wounded by Bushman after protecting the archeologist’s daughter and colleague, Marlene Alraune, before being led to a recently found tomb for protection and set before a statue of the Egyptian moon deity Khonshu.

Spector dies, but is resurrected moments afterwards, fully recovered. Khonshu, he argues, wants him to be the “moon’s knight,” redeeming his violent past by now protecting and avenging the innocent. While early stories suggest Spector is insane, it is subsequently revealed that Khonshu is a real entity from the Othervoid (a dimension outside of normal time and space) who was venerated as a god by ancient Earth people.

When Spector returns to the United States, he invests his mercenary earnings in becoming the crimefighter “Moon Knight,” with the help of his comrade Jean-Paul “Frenchie” DuChamp and Marlene Alraune, who becomes his lover and the mother of his daughter. He primarily utilises three additional identities to obtain information from different social circles, in addition to his costumed alter ego: millionaire businessman Steven Grant, taxicab driver Jake Lockley, and suited consultant Mr. Knight.

Moon Knight has dissociative identity disorder (incorrectly referred to as schizophrenia in some novels), and his alters Grant and Lockley first appeared during his youth, with other identities (including an unnamed red-haired little girl and an astronaut) appearing during his maturity.  It’s unclear whether Spector’s mental illness is the result of childhood trauma or “brain damage” caused by his psychic connection to Khonshu, a connection that forces Moon Knight’s personality to shift between the four major aspects of the moon god’s multifaceted nature, according to various stories (“the traveler”, “the pathfinder”, “the embracer”, and “the defender of those who travel at night”). Khonshu claims to have formed a mental bond with Moon Knight when he was a small boy, decades before he was ready to be fully recruited as his Earth avatar, the left Fist of Khonshu.

Moon Knight has no supernatural talents in most of his novels, except for occasional visions of mystical insight. He relies on his athleticism, knowledge, cutting-edge technology, and fighting prowess. Since becoming Moon Knight, the character has died several times just to be reborn by Khonshu, though it is uncertain how many times he will be resurrected. Moon Knight’s strength and injury resistance could reach superhuman levels based on the phases of the moon for a while, but this power was lost afterwards.

In addition to animated television shows and video games, the character has appeared in a variety of other media. Moon Knight will make his live-action debut on DisneyMarc Spector begins to show signs of dissociative identity disorder shortly afterward, either as a result of the trauma of his encounter with Perlman or as a result of the brain damage caused by Khonshu forming a mental connection between himself and the youngster. Marc believes he meets and befriends a boy named Steven Grant, despite the fact that he occasionally acts as Steven himself. [20] Marc has a vision of Khonshu vowing to heal the boy’s mind one day. Marc’s divided identity is the consequence of his intellect seeking to echo the moon god’s own multi-faceted nature, according to Khonshu, who is an entity with various aspects to his personality and exists outside of normal time and space.+ in his eponymous series, based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and starring Oscar Isaac.

Fictional Character Biography

Origin

Marc Spector is the Jewish-American son of Elias Spector, a rabbi who survived Nazi persecution and was born in Chicago, Illinois. The entity Khonshu (formerly venerated as a moon deity by the inhabitants of Ancient Egypt) becomes interested in Marc in the Othervoid, a region outside of conventional time and space. Khonshu and others like him have a hard time leaving the Othervoid, but they can make psychic links with hosts and avatars in Earth’s physical realm.

Khonshu chooses Marc Spector to be his knight and avatar because he believes he has a “weak mentality” that makes him prone to psychic connection. Following Khonshu’s selection of Marc, the youngster learns by coincidence that Rabbi Yitz Perlman, a close family friend, is actually a Nazi named Ernst who continues to persecute and murder Jews. Marc defeats Perlman and flees. Perlman then vanishes into thin air.

Marc, in addition to Steve, has another alter, Jake Lockley, who he manifests as a teenager. Marc’s parents decided to commit him to Putnam Psychiatric Hospital after the advent of this third personality. Marc escapes and joins the US Marine Corps, where he becomes a formidable combatant and a skilled heavy-weight boxer, after being released to attend his father’s burial. After three years in Force Recon, the Marines learn Marc misled on his papers and determine he is “unfit for duty” due to his mental illness background.

He is discharged from the military and works as an underground boxer and fighter in Baghdad until he is approached by French mercenary and pilot Jean-Paul “Frenchie” DuChamp. They collaborate on a number of projects. During this time, Spector meets CIA operative Jason Macendale, who eventually transforms into the costumed mercenary Jack O’Lantern and then takes on the moniker Hobgoblin. [26] Randall Spector, Marc’s brother, becomes a mercenary as well, but is motivated by bloodlust. Randall assassinates Marc’s girlfriend Lisa in Italy. Marc leaves Randall for dead after a violent confrontation. Randall is able to recuperate from his injuries later on.

Frenchie and Marc eventually meet mercenary Raoul Bushman, who is impressed by their work and hires them to assist with various tasks.  In terms of morality, Spector sees himself as a middle ground between Frenchie, a fine man with a strong moral centre, and Bushman, a cruel, often amoral man who takes joy in his ability to murder. Spector and Frenchie agree to a contract with Bushman to assist a local Sudanese warlord in quelling an uprising. Marc’s own brother Randall is one of the rebels they shoot down, however Marc is completely oblivious of this and has no idea that Randall is in the vicinity. Despite his bullet wounds, Randall lives, sure that Marc knew who he was and tried to murder him on purpose.

Marc Spector is horrified by Bushman’s bloodlust and the fact that he kills both civilians and enemy combatants. Dr. Peter Alraune, an archaeologist whose team (including his daughter Marlene Alraune) had found a buried tomb, is killed by a bushman. Bushman aims to pillage the tomb and assassinate everyone who stands in his way. Spector chases Marlene away, saving her life, before fighting Bushman. Spector is injured and left in the desert without food or shelter after being defeated, suffering in the freezing temperatures of the night. Regardless, he makes it back to civilization before collapsing and dying.

Locals carry him into the tomb and place him in front of a statue of Khonshu, the moon god who protects nighttime travellers. Marc saved Marlene’s life earlier, and Marlene prepares to mourn him as his heart quits beating. Marc Spector resurfaces moments later, completely cured.

He claims to have encountered the moon god Khonshu and to have been chosen to be the moon’s “knight of wrath,” the “fist of Khonshu.” This, Marlene feels, was a dream or hallucination. Marc steals a silver hooded cloak from Khonshu’s statue and adopts it as his own. Randall stands nearby, keeping an eye on everything. Randall approaches the same statue of Khonshu as soon as Marc has left, hoping to be blessed with power and have his wounds cured as well. He resents Marc for obtaining the moon god’s favour instead when nothing happens.

Comparisons to Batman

In an interview with Comixfan, Charlie Huston, the writer of Moon Knight’s 2006 relaunch, attempted to address the allegation that Moon Knight is an ersatz Batman. The connection is not without merit, since both Moon Knight and the Dark Knight are affluent, “regular” humans who combat crime using detective abilities, cover identities, expert confidants, and high-tech gadgetry, customised air craft, and tailored throwing things, according to the interviewer. Similarly, Moon Knight had a teenaged would-be sidekick for a short time.

Huston acknowledged the two characters’ similarities, but went on to contrast them by pointing out key distinctions in their origins, motivations, and personalities. “Bruce Wayne fights crime to revenge his parents’ murders,” he explained, but Moon Knight “beats up whoever has it coming because he believes he is the avatar of the Egyptian god of vengeance and it allows him to feel better about all the victims he killed as a mercenary.” Thus, Batman seeks revenge for a specific crime done to his parents, whereas Marc Spector seeks vengeance as a concept.

Huston goes on to say that Bruce Wayne, Batman’s alter ego, takes on other identities purely to help him with his investigations, whereas Moon Knight’s three alter personalities help him deal with emotional problems as much as battling criminals, and appear to have caused dissociative identity disorder. Many readers have commented on how unrealistic it is for someone to develop DID or schizophrenia simply by using cover identities, and later comics have clarified that this is not the case, as Marc Spector’s personalities are symptomatic of his psychic connection to the moon god Khonshu’s various aspects, as well as the brain damage that results from this connection.

Capabilities and Powers

Moon Knight is a superb acrobat and Olympic-level athlete who specialises at combat strategy. Spector is an excellent driver who is also capable of piloting a helicopter. Marc Spector became a specialist in hand-to-hand fighting, guns, boxing, kung fu, eskrima, judo, karate, ninjutsu, savate, and Muay Thai thanks to his life training and experience as a U.S. Marine, boxer, and mercenary.

Moon Knight’s fighting style is a hybrid of numerous combat tactics that emphasises adaptation, using the environment to his advantage, intimidating opponents, and accepting a certain level of pain and injury. Taskmaster, the villain and mercenary who can precisely imitate combat tactics, has claimed that he prefers not to imitate Moon Knight because the hero would sometimes absorb a punch rather than block or evade it. Moon Knight has been demonstrated to have a high pain and torture tolerance.

Technology and equipment

Spector normally wears lightweight kevlar body armour and a specially built silver glider cape that can capture winds and thermal updrafts in his role as Moon Knight. Metal braces are usually worn on his wrists and calves. Metal plates were added to his chest and shoulders in later costumes, offering further protection.

Over the course of his career, Moon Knight uses a number of weapons, many of which include or are made of silver. His silver crescent-dart (some of which are dull, some of which are blades) and an adamantium-reinforced truncheon that can discharge a grappling hook and stretch into a long staff are his most regularly used weapons. He’s also utilised nunchaku and a compound bow on occasion. Moon Knight donned gauntlets with spiked knuckles for a period.

Moon Knight formerly accepted golden and ivory Egyptian-themed weaponry made by Khonshu’s disciples. Bolas, golden scarab-shaped darts, an ivory boomerang, throwing irons, an axe-shaped lasso-grapple, and a golden ankh-shaped blunt weapon that shone in the presence of danger were among the weapons on display. These items were later replaced with Hawkeye-designed duplicate guns.

Moon Knight adopts thin, lightweight adamantium armour for enhanced protection during a period when he is suffering from health problems. He receives an adamantium staff, a truncheon capable of firing a cable line, and crescent dart-firing gauntlets at this period.

The Tinkerer develops Moon Knight carbonadium armour with joint-locking functions during the events of “Dark Reign,” bolstering his strength. [100] Despite his lack of superhuman strength, Moon Knight uses this feature to keep a structure from falling. Furthermore, after being triggered by remote control, the armour could immediately construct around his body.

Moon Knight uses a variety of advanced aircraft for transportation, including the Mooncopter and the Angelwing, a mini-jet with VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) and 20mm cannons. Moon Knight has also employed a white custom motorcycle, a remote-controlled white limousine, and a crescent-shaped drone/glider capable of carrying a single person at times.

Marc was given magical Ankhs by the cult that worships his deity at the start of the “Age of Khonshu” event, which allowed him to drain and use the primordial abilities bestowed upon Earth’s Mightiest through their colourful prehistoric ancestry. Taking the Iron Fist’s talents from Daniel Rand, The Ghost Rider’s revenge spirit Zarathos and his hellcharger, and the magical skills of the Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange. He obtained these with the intention of integrating the Star Brand, Phoenix Force, and the Odin-Force imbued Mjolnir of All-Father Thor’s abilities.

Superpowers

Marc Spector has died and been resurrected by the other-dimensional entity Khonshu on several occasions. It’s unclear whether Khonshu will do this indefinitely, thereby making Marc Spector eternal, or whether he’ll merely do it until he chooses a new champion.

Marc Spector is more resistant to telepathic and psychic attack than the ordinary human due to Khonshu’s brain alteration. He has glimpses of prophesy or heightened understanding on occasion. Some thought the visions were hallucinations or the result of Spector mistakenly practising self-hypnosis, but it is now recognised that Khonshu is real and offers him these visions.

Marc’s link to Khonshu and supernatural insight is said to be enhanced when he wears his Moon Knight costume, which resembles the moon god’s “vestments,” according to numerous accounts. Profile, a villain-for-hire with a superhuman analysis skill that doesn’t work on people with supernatural/magic-based talents, said it was unpleasant to look at Marc Spector in his Moon Knight suit. Profile couldn’t tell if this was due to Spector’s mental disorder or if Moon Knight’s wearing the costume allowed him to tap into the moon god’s power directly.

Moon Knight’s strength, endurance, and reflexes would rise depending on the phases of the moon at the time he adopted golden and ivory weapons (symbolising his status as the Fist of Khonshu), and he would operate on a superhuman level during a full moon night. He can lift several hundred pounds even during a new moon.  Although some claimed that this superhuman power had nothing to do with Khonshu and was the consequence of self-hypnosis, it is now known that Khonshu is real and is linked to Marc Spector directly. Moon Knight’s power was taken away from him by Khonshu as a punishment for disobedience, and he has never been given it again.

In preparation for the arrival of Mephistopheles, Marc’s patron deity Khonshu decided to further empower his champion on Earth with all new talents after the “Serpent War.” Marc would be blessed with all of the skills of his namesake, the Fist of Khonshu, as well as a few others outside of the criteria, if he gave his herald the lion’s share of the moon supremacy’s power.

He gains the ability to change into and out of his costumed identity at will, as well as lunar effects such as astral rock formations containing planetary orbital satellites, raising and commanding the dead; mummies loyal to his divinity, lunar empowerment under the super moon created by Khonshu’s will, and the ability to survive in the cold depths of space without life support.Moon Knight’s overwhelming power allowed him to battle and beat the world’s most formidable heroes, the Avengers.

Moon Knight served as a host avatar for the immortal Phoenix Force, the cosmic raptor who rules over life, death, and rebirth across the cosmos and maybe the multiverse. Possessing all of the traditional Avatar powers and abilities in terms of cosmic pyrokinesis, telekinesis, flight, and so forth.


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