Oscar Isaac has a British accent in Marvel’s upcoming “Moon Knight” series, but it turns out not everyone at Marvel Studios fully agreed to it during production. Isaac stars in “Moon Knight” as Marc Spector, a former CIA agent turned mercenary and channel of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Marc has dissociative identity disorder that manifests itself in four different personalities, including a quiet and long-suffering British man named Grant.
“It wasn’t written that way at all,” Isaac recently told Radio Times of his character’s British personality. “And so I thought, ‘Okay, well, let me see what’ [Marvel Studios president] Kevin [Feige] says about this.’ And so I had a meeting with Kevin, I said, ‘This is how I’d like to do it.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, okay, go for it.’”
“It’s funny because afterwards he told me they didn’t know what the hell I was doing,” Isaac added. “And they weren’t sure it would work. But you know, in the end I’m glad we did because everyone says it kind of makes the show.”
Isaac has already touted “Moon Knight” as Marvel’s “first legitimate character study” since “Iron Man.” The superhero Moon Knight is a Batman-esque vigilante. For Isaac, it was the character’s dissociative identity disorder that provided a window into making the series feel very different from the usual Marvel fare.
“What I like most about this thing is that it’s an exploration of a mind that doesn’t know itself,” Isaac told Empire Magazine earlier this year. “A person who does not know his own brain. I found that really moving: what the mind is capable of surviving. But the workload was enormous: the technical challenge of physically embodying these different characters, the way I manifest my body… It took a lot of energy.”
“Moon Knight” debuts March 30 on Disney Plus.