Marvel Studios and Marvel Television have an embarrassment of riches as the two production divisions have been mostly successful with their superhero projects.
Marvel Television has proved with series like Daredevil and Jessica Jones the television arm can have the same impact and create buzz liken to their feature film counterparts.
However, how they determine which characters are set for television and film moving forward is going to start getting murky when the big characters are almost used up come Phase Five.
While there had been previous rumors that Ghost Rider, Blade, and Moon Knight might be heading to Netflix as second wave series. It’s looking like one of those three could be given a cinematic shot rather than on the small screen.
Guardians of The Galaxy writer-director James Gunn has revealed on Twitter that he has a movie idea for Moon Knight and has shared this with Marvel. Adding to his surprising news that he would be too busy to tackle it himself if Marvel did move forward with his idea.
Oh my God I love Moon Knight & I have a great idea for a movie, I just wish I had the time (but, no, he doesn’t belong in Guardians). https://t.co/ARJCPh62gt
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 4, 2017
@MCU__news I told them. But, like I said, I just don’t have the time.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 4, 2017
Moon Knight is indeed a worthwhile character as he is basically Marvel’s version of Batman mixed with supernatural elements inspired by heroes like The Shadow and The Phantom that was obviously later lifted for Image’s Spawn.
Moon Knight, Marc Spector, Steven Grant and Jake Lockley: four different aspects of the same man (once a mercenary) who was resurrected by Khonshu, the Egyptian Lunar-God of Vengeance and Justice to serve as his “avatar”. Those unjust mortals who prey upon the innocents who travel at night, with powers that come from the moon, beware the Vengeance of the Moon Knight!
James not having the time to make Moon Knight isn’t as surprising to us with rumblings of a possible third Guardians installment on the way. Which would mean Gunn could be busy for another couple of years.
This isn’t the first time has shared film ideas with fans as he once stated a desire to tackle The Thunderbolts. Although, nothing really came of that and we don’t know if Gunn had even really brought that to Marvel’s direct attention as he seemingly has with Moon Knight.
If Marvel is looking for potential candidates to play Marc Spector we have a name for them.
Former Captain America and Star-Lord candidate John Krasinski previously stated a desire to play a Marvel superhero or villain. At the time we suggested Moon Knight being a character that John could be perfect for after his action hero transformation seen in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours along with his upcoming Jack Ryan series.
“They seem to have figured it out that your audience is only gonna keep coming back if you deliver them quality. I think Guardians of the Galaxy was the best example of that because, to me at least, that was the one that everybody felt like “Oh how could they make this work? How could it be good?” and then it ended up being one of the best ones, I think.”
“My whole thing is I’m such a huge fan of the Marvel movies, so if there are any characters left for sure, bang the drum (laughs). Just to be in that world, they’re really well-made and they seem like they’re having a lot of fun and I happen to be friends with a whole bunch of those guys and girls, so to me, it would be a great time, I’d love it.”
James and John have a connection of sorts from The Office days as Gunn used to be married to Pam’s Jenna Fischer. Krasinski was also one of the many actors that auditioned for the role of Star-Lord in Gunn’s Guardians of The Galaxy.
This wouldn’t be the first time there was a possible live-action adaptation of the hero.
Moon Knight was almost on television a couple of times as Blade: The Series‘ Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer had planned on incorporating him into the series. In 2006, there were indeed plans as to give the character his own live-action show via a partnership between Marvel and No Equal Entertainment.
As with all Marvel stuff that is just hypothetical and not officially on the books we’ll stay curiously optimistic about Moon Knight’s chances of landing a feature film.
SOURCE: JAMES GUNN