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The Origin of Marvel Superhero Moon Knight

The origin story of Moon Knight is recounted in Moon Knight Vol 1 #1 (1980)

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Khushant Runghe
Khushant Runghe
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INDIA: Moon Knight a.k.a. Marc Specter is an anti-hero who was originally featured in the Marvel Comics issue Werewolf by Night #32. He was introduced as a villain at first, but as his story progressed, he was transformed into an anti-hero.

Who is Moon Knight in Marvel comics?

The origin story of Moon Knight is recounted in Moon Knight Vol 1 #1 (1980). He was born into a Jewish household, and Hitler discriminated against him and his family based on religion from the moment he was born.  His family managed to flee Nazi persecution and relocate to Chicago. Where Marc Specter spends the rest of his childhood. He had been subjected to such terror and discrimination from the start, making his background a difficult one that resulted in dissociative identity disorder.

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He enlists in the United States Marine Corps as an adult. Owing to his extensive knowledge and abilities to work. He is promoted to the CIA, but he swiftly leaves when he discovers a corrupt work ethic. He afterward became a mercenary, who kills people for money. He had gathered enough knowledge to improve his talents as a result of his diverse work experience in many fields. He earned expertise in hand-to-hand combat, planning, and executions, as well as adequate spying experience.

While operating as a mercenary, he develops a friendship with Jean-Paul Duchamp, also known as Frenchie. He mostly serves as a pilot for Marc’s various missions. Following that, they both begin working for terrorist Raul Bushman. Marc despises him a lot because of his insane behavior. Bushman, as well as Marc and Frenchie, arrive in Egypt. He intends to find the tomb of Ferro with the help of Dr. Peter Alraune. Where the Bushman believes there is an enormous amount of wealth hidden in the tomb. But when Dr. Peter Alraune refuses to assist Bushman, he is killed right away. This directly contradicts Marc’s ethics. In a fit of rage, he assaults Bushman, but he is tragically thrashed close to death.

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In an attempt to save him, Egyptians lay his body in the Temple of Khonsu, where he had this vision of an Egyptian god. Khonsu offers him two options: death or fighting for justice. As a result, Marc’s super-powered personality, later known as Moon Knight, was born. As soon as he is resurrected, he begins his quest for justice by killing all of Bushman’s minions, but Bushman manages to flee the battle.

When Marc returns from Egypt, he invests all of the money he earned as a mercenary in high-tech gadgets and armor. Which aided in the development of his vigilante story.

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Moon Knight’s character has a lot of tension between his multiple personalities, which is an interesting phenomenon to witness. His mental conflict, rather than his external conflict with his adversary, is a visual spectacle to behold. The character also has a dark sense of humor, which helps to lighten the tone of this super violent anti-hero’s story.  It will be fascinating to see how this character develops in his six-part series, which will premiere on March 30, 2022.

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