James Gunn directed and co-wrote 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which introduced fans to the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. Since then, he has been working on the sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is expected to come out this May.

As might be guessed, Gunn is also a comic book fan, and he recently tweeted about his talks with Marvel Studios regarding an idea he had for a movie about the character Moon Knight, who has sometimes been described as Marvel’s answer to Batman.

To the likely disappointment of fans, Gunn has said he wouldn’t make the movie himself due to time constraints. Nor would he put Moon Knight in the Guardians; a Batman-type would probably be a poor fit for the Guardians anyway. On the other hand, Moon Knight could work well in Marvel’s Netflix series, along with other street-level characters like Daredevil and Luke Cage. As of right now, a Moon Knight film is not scheduled to be featured in phase three of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, which spans until 2019.

Who is Moon Knight?

The character Moon Knight debuted in 1975 in a comic called Werewolf by Knight written by Doug Moench and drawn by Don Perlin. He was originally an antagonist hired to kill the hero by an evil organization. Moon Knight proved to be a hit with readers, and Marvel quickly recast him as a hero. They explained his early villainous behavior as due to undercover work. Moon Knight first got his own book in 1980.

Moon Knight is the alter ego is a mercenary named Marc Spector. When a job in Egypt went very badly awry, he was seemingly killed. Cultists who worship the ancient Egyptian gods found his body and brought him to the temple of Khonsu, the god of the moon. Khonshu offered Spector a second chance at life in exchange for his services as an avatar of the god. Since this is a comic book, Spector interpreted that as becoming a superhero. He devised several different personas to help him in this endeavor, which eventually had a deleterious effect on his sanity.

Whether or not Moon Knight has powers, unfortunately depends on who is writing him. Some writers portray him as a very fit normal man who relies on gadgets like Batman. These writers tend to view the Khonshu angle as the product of a delusion and thus also portray Moon Knight as insane. Other writers treat Khonshu as an actual being and thus portray Moon Knight as a sane man with a few minor supernatural abilities.

Who could turn up in a Moon Knight movie?

A favorite guessing game amongst comic book fans is guessing who would appear in a movie featuring a given superhero. Some possible characters for a Moon Knight movie include the following:

Jean-Paul DuChamp, better known as “Frenchie,” first appeared as Moon Knight’s sidekick way back in 1975 when Moon Knight was evil. He is a mercenary with a background in hand-to-hand combat and piloting.

Randall Spector is Marc’s evil brother. He is sometimes called the Shadow Knight.

Scarlet Fasteners is a cross-bow wielding vigilante who somehow has a psychic bond with Moon Knight. She might make a tempting love interest.

Black Spectre is one of Moon Knight’s main enemies. Two men have used the alias. The first and better-known, Carson Knowles, is an angry veteran whose life fell apart when he returned from combat. He decided to become a super villain and get revenge on society.

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James Gunn directed and co-wrote 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which introduced fans to the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. Since then, he has been working on the sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is expected to come out this May. As might be guessed, Gunn is...