In Marvel Studios’ new series, dissociative identity disorder creates a world of madness for its protagonist and a world of possibilities for its VFX team.
Yesterday, Marvel Studios dropped the second trailer for Moon Knight, the limited series starring Oscar Isaac coming to Disney+ next month.
Isaac’s character, Marc Spector, is a former soldier battling dissociative identity disorder -- a condition that causes him to assume many distinct individual personalities. When he’s first introduced in the show, he goes by the name Steven Grant… until a woman named Layla calls him to explain that he’s not who he thinks he is. Ultimately, he takes on the “Moon Knight” persona of the show’s title -- a vessel for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu.
With Moon Knight, Marvel will modernize a superhero first introduced in its comics in 1975. But the series also breaks new ground for the studio: whereas every other series it made for Disney+ are based on existing characters from previous features, Moon Knight’s characters and their accompanying storylines are brand new, with no built-in connection to the MCU.
Isaac is joined by co-stars Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy. In the first trailer (see below) for the show aired in January, we learned that Hawke’s character is an enigmatic cult leader who implores Marc to make friends with the “chaos” that dwells within him. Calamawy’s role has yet to be disclosed.
The series’ VFX work is led by visual effects supervisor Sean Andrew Faden. Last spring, Faden told AWN about how he oversaw Mulan’s 2,043 visual effects shots, and how the film’s Oscar-nominated team designed its intense avalanche sequence. Crafty Apes, Framestore, Mammal Studios, MARZ VFX, The Third Floor, Union VFX, Weta FX, and Zoic Studios are some of the companies providing visual effects and visualization services on the series.
Moon Knight is set to debut on Disney+ March 30, 2022, and will run for six episodes.
Watch the latest trailer for Moon Knight:
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If you missed it, here’s the first Official Trailer as well!