‘Moon Knight’: Is Marc Spector or Steven Grant the Marvel Hero’s Real Name?

Marvel fans know that superheroes have a secret identity. Spider-Man has Peter Parker, Doctor Strange has Stephen Strange, and the Black Knight has Dane Whitman. However, is Moon Knight Marc Spector, Steven Grant, Jake Lockley, or someone else entirely? Much confusion has surrounded the role Oscar Isaac plays in the Disney+ Marvel series Moon Knight. The Moon Knight character deals with dissociative identity disorder, leaving fans wondering which identity is Moon Knight’s real name.

Oscar Isaac at the Premiere of Marvel Studios' "Moon Knight"
Oscar Isaac | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

In Marvel Comics, fans meet Moon Knight with the real name Marc Spector

When Moon Knight debuted in Marvel Comics in 1975, his real name was revealed as Marc Spector. During his origin story, where the Moon Knight villain Raul Bushman left him for dead, Khonshu struck a deal with mercenary Marc Spector.

The same thing likely happened in the Disney+ Moon Knight TV series. As Oscar Isaac’s character struggles to escape Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke), contacts Layla (May Calamawy), and tries to make sense of things, the Egyptian god Khonshu relentlessly insults the Steven Grant persona.

In Marvel Comics, Moon Knight’s real name is the Marc Spector identity, with the Steven Grant and Jake Lockley personalities developing during childhood.

However, for fans focused on the MCU superheroes, the Disney+ show may have changed this fact.

In the Disney+ show, fans first meet Moon Knight with the real name Steven Grant

In Moon Knight Episode 1, fans meet the mild-mannered Steven Grant, a museum gift shop worker. However, viewers quickly discover he has a problem.

He faces gaps in his memory, harrowing encounters with a cult following the Egyptian god Ammit, and mysterious equipment in his home.

While new episodes will likely shine more light on which Moon Knight identity is the real name and personality, it seems that the Marvel Cinematic Universe decided to make Steven Grant the original persona.

However, with the addition of other Moon Knight characters like Crawley, Marvel could introduce even more personalities.

What other names has the Fist of Khonshu used?

While Moon Knight was born with the real name Marc Spector, a traumatic childhood experience led billionaire businessman Steven Grant and taxicab driver Jake Lockley to develop.

The Moon Knight cast credits listed Shaun Scott as Crawley, an informant close to Jake Lockley. Marvel has teased Marc’s consultant personality, the dapper Mr. Knight.

Unfortunately, the Disney+ show only runs for six episodes. Trying to balance Marc Spector, Steven Grant, Moon Knight, Mr. Knight, Jake Lockley, and Khonshu all operating in the same body might prove confusing.

Fans can watch Oscar Isaac in new episodes of Moon Knight Wednesdays on Disney+.

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