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Monday, April 04, 2022 

If Moon Knight's TV show is debated, it could be for all the wrong reasons

The Hollywood Reporter recently said the following about the new Moon Knight TV show, which is coming at an awfully bad time, considering what subject matter it deals with:
In a cinematic universe populated by gods, aliens, supersoldiers, galactic guardians, witches, androids and immortals, Moon Knight journeys into a previously uncharted territory of the mind. Head writer Jeremy Slater and lead actor Oscar Isaac take on arguably one of the MCU’s biggest challenges yet: dissociative identity disorder (DID). While looking at mental illness through the lens of comic book characters has a long, and admittedly messy, history, it’s something that Marvel adaptations have rarely touched on outright in any precise way until recently through WandaVision’s exploration of grief and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Hawkeye’s look at PTSD, a subject given more time than it was in Iron Man 3 (2013). Understandably, there’s trepidation when it comes to depicting real illness within a world of fantasy, but Moon Knight takes an empathetic and creative approach that navigates what is certain to be a controversial talking point when it comes to depiction.

Leave all your preconceived notions at the door as Moon Knight reinvents a significant chunk of the mythology surrounding the antihero. While key elements of the character created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin are retained, the series approach feels similar to another recent Marvel adaptation, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which departs from the comics and delivers an end result that is stronger for it. We’re at a significant moment in terms of the value we place on comic book accuracy, especially when it comes to the portrayal of racial, social and psychological issues. Moon Knight is in an odd position where both comic book accuracy and medical accuracy will be placed upon scales of just portrayal for a general audience outside of geekdom, psychologists and patients — an audience that isn’t familiar enough with either to comment definitively, but surely will regardless.
Good grief, do they realize the irony regarding discussion of mental illness in view of where the Disney Corp. is going these days with their LGBT propaganda and indoctrination? Apparently not, which is what makes this laughable, and I doubt the TV show will really retain much of anything from the original material published until the turn of the century. Wokeness has already affected quite a bit of their output as it is, so the report can't be taken at face value.

What's more, the timing for this Moon Knight series is pretty bad, coming as many families are canceling their memberships with Disney services, the Plus TV channel included. And star Oscar Isaac, as mentioned before, made things worse after he virtue-signaled. As a result, how many are bound to tune in to see a live action take on Marc Spector? In addition, it's silly to talk about psychologists when this very industry is having its research and beliefs undermined by political correctness on the very topics Disney's now pandering to. Yet even as Chapek and company do this, they're expanding into countries opposing homosexuality, and chances are the show won't be broadcast in those regions. Which just confirms this is all intended to undermine the USA, not to actually make a coherent statement.

Besides, if Marvel were under better ownership, I'd rather see Moon Knight as an animated production instead of live action, and in addition to that, I'd be a lot happier if such a venture were adult-geared, much like some of the comics were, to prove USA animation can take challenging paths and not be restricted to children's level only. There's a reason I sometimes describe these modern live action adaptations products aimed at people who shun animation as much as the comics proper, all because they can't appreciate the art of illustration. Too bad Moon Knight had to be yet another creation that nobody would think of animating instead.

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