How Many Personalities Does Moon Knight Have ?

After a three month hiatus, Disney Plus now has the MCU back in full force.

It’s here! The first episode in the much-anticipated miniseries Moon Knight has arrived. Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac), a socially awkward, rumpled individual who works in a gift shop at the Egyptian section of a London Museum, is introduced to viewers. Soon, we discover that Grant experiences blackouts and has recollections from another life. What’s the deal?

Moon Knight’s Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), diagnosis is crucial if you don’t know much about his origins. DID, as it is known, is a condition in which two or more distinct personalities have control over a person’s behavior at different times.

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Let’s take a look at the personalities of Moon Knight, with DID playing a major role in the limited series.

What are the Personalities of Moon Knight in MCU?

Moon Knight’s Marc Spector, and Alters Explained

Marvel Studios’ Disney+ TV series Moon Knight was Marc Spector’s MCU debut. It explored five of Moon Knights’ aliases. Ethan Hawke plays Dr. Arthur Harrow (the show’s main antagonist). Oscar Isaac stars as Moon Knight in the MCU series. The Disney+ series explored Moon Knight’s story, and also examined Marc Spector’s Dissociative Identity Disorder.

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Moon Knight is often compared with Batman. This does not do the Marvel character justice by making him look like a Bruce Wayne copycat. Moon Knight is a unique character because of many aspects. Moon Knight is a superhuman being with superhuman abilities tied to the lunar cycle. This is why Moon Knight works primarily at night. Moon Knight’s abilities are a result of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu who gave Marc Spector a small amount of his power to be his priest. Moon Knight is unique because he lives with DID. This rare condition is also featured in Doom Patrol’s Jace.

Moon Knight's Marc Spector, and Alters Explained

Marc Spector is just one of Moon Knight’s alters. Each of them serves a different purpose to help in Moon Knight’s vigilantism. In the most recent Moon Knight comic, Marc Spector was confirmed as one of five alters. The comic also explained why these characters were created. The source material allows the vigilante to appear as Marc Spector or Steven Grant, Jake Lockley and Mr. Knight. Oscar Isaac shows off his acting skills as he portrays the different characters in Moon Knight.

Moon Knight has Different Alters

Marc Spector
Marc Spector

Marc Spector is the main character. Spector was born to a poor Chicago rabbi and grew up as a Marine. He was discharged from the military after the military found out about his mental instability. After that, he briefly joined the CIA. Marc was subsequently disqualified from the CIA and he became a mercenary after he had been involved in illegal money-fighting. Spector used the skills he had acquired during his three years of service to carry out assassinations, rescue missions and other operations across Africa Continent (which was crucial for the origins of Moon Knight). 

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Spector, who was working as a gun-for-hire, was attacked by Raul Bushman. He left Spector for dead in the Egyptian desert. Marc Spector, gravely wounded, managed to reach Khonshu’s tomb, the Egyptian moon god. There, he was able to see a statue of him. Spector’s spirit met the moon god on the ethereal plane. Khonshu offered to save Marc in return for his eternal service, which Spector accepted.

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Steven Grant
Steven Grant

Marc was only a boy when Steven Grant appeared to him as an alter. Steven Grant, a millionaire in comics, is Moon Knight’s funding source for his crime-fighting adventures. He also provides the means for Moon Knight to purchase all of his weapons and gadgets. Grant inherited Marc’s savings, and used it to play Wall Street. Grant also used his fortune to start a movie studio in order to increase his fortune. Steven Grant, a public figure with a wide range of wealthy connections is the complete opposite to Spector’s other alter Jake Lockley.

Jake Lockley
Jake Lockley

Jake Lockley is the second alter to manifest. He is a New York City cab driver. Lockley is street smart, keeps his ears open and communicates with informants and criminals. Because he discovers vital information that Moon Knight needs, Lockley is Moon Knight’s private eyes. Lockley was able to build a network of informants throughout Moon Knight’s career in violent crime fighting. This included characters such as Bertrand Crawley and Gena Landers and their two sons Ricky and Ray. All of these men became close friends with Spector.

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Mr. Knight
Mr. Knight

Spector’s newest alter is Mr. Knight. Mr. Knight is Marc’s alter. He usually talks to Marc’s psychiatrist, and with civilians who are seeking his help. Because of his fashion sense, Mr. Knight quickly became a favorite character. He always wears a crisp, white bespoke suit, with a white shirt and tie. White gloves are also worn by Mr. Knight, as well as a mask with the outline a crescent Moon on his forehead.

Moon Knight
Moon Knight

Contrary to popular belief Moon Knight is not Marc Spector’s alter-ego, but he is his own alter. Moon Knight is the fist and high priest of Khonshu, and is sworn that he will do his bidding forever. Moon Knight is well-known for his white cowl and suit, which he wears in order to make his enemies see him. Moon Knight’s abilities and powers are due to the sliver Khonshu’s power embedded within Marc Spector. These powers include superhuman speed, endurance, strength, and speed. Moon Knight is also significantly more powerful under moonlight, particularly on full moons.

Did Moon Knight Use DID Sensitively

Did Moon Knight Use DID Sensitively

Episode 5 of Moon Knight, Asylum explained why Marc created the Steven Grant alter and opened up discussion about DID representation. This episode provides a detailed look into Marc’s life and how timid Steven emerged from childhood trauma. The show’s Steven Grant is very different from the Moon Knight comics Steven Grant. The show’s Marc and Steven are explored more deeply through the lense of shared trauma than their comic counterparts. Furthermore, the focus on DID as a real-life mental illness concern rather than a narrative gimmick is better at explaining Steven’s transformation.

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DID is often misunderstood and Mohamed Diab, the director of DID, didn’t set out to achieve medical accuracy. The symptoms of DID are so varied that it’s impossible to pinpoint a single experience. Moon Knight director Diab was sensitive and respectful of DID. Steven is not treated as a voice in Marc’s head, an invader or an unwanted presence. They share a deep bond that was shaped by their shared trauma, Marc’s death and the emotional aftermath of abuse which led to Steven being created.

Did Moon Knight Use DID Sensitively

Marc regrets not taking Steven along to the Field of Reeds Episode 6. Marc doesn’t consider Steven a disease to be treated. Marc loves Steven as a person. They share a body. Marvel’s best intentions might not have led to the desired results. The DID community has a divided opinion. Moon Knight’s DID handling is praised by some, but professionals and DID systems are divided on ethical concerns. They feel it still falls prey to the temptation of fictionalizing DID as entertainment.

Moon Knight is one the darkest Marvel characters, both on the page and on the screen. His brutality and the complexity that his DID brings to him makes him unique. The season one finale confirmed Jake Lockley’s introduction. If there is a second season, we will likely see Moon Knight’s Dissociative Identity Disorder in greater detail. Even if Disney+’s limited series doesn’t run beyond six episodes, Moon Knight has opened up discussions about DID and how alters could be presented as more than a poorly understood narrative device.

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What are the Personalities of Moon Knight in Comics?

What are the Personalities of Moon Knight in Comics?

Moon Knight is an unusual superhero, with many amazing powers. But he also has many problems and setbacks that make him a complex, controversial character. Marc Spector has mental problems. His personality disorder is another example. How many personalities does Moon Knight have, in comics and in the MCU?

Moon Knight featured over ten characters in comics. Most of these appeared very rarely. There are four characters that he appears in the comics: Marc Spector (his real identity), Steven Grant and Jake Lockley. The Fist of Khonshu is Moon Knight.

Each Moon Knight personality is unique. One personality is more focused on heroism and the other is more violent, while the third is religiously oriented or even female. Let’s get into the details to find out what Marc has done to cause his dissociative identity disorder. We’ll also list all of his personalities.

What Makes Moon Knights Different?

What Makes Moon Knights Different

Marc Spector was a mercenary prior to becoming Moon Knight. Marc was rescued by Khonshu, an Egyptian lunar deity under whose statue Spector had fallen, after a failed job.

Marc was saved by Khonshu, who gave him some of his powers and used his body to host his spirit. It was known as the Fist of Khonshu and was the first step towards Spector’s personality disorder.

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What Makes Moon Knights Different

Marc was able to hear two voices in his head, and he also had superpowers when he was resurrected. This led him to begin dissociating more and developing two additional personalities – Jake Lockley and Steven Grant. Each personality emerged in a particular situation. Later, more personalities emerged.

Marc Spector did not have personality disorder prior to the Fist of Khaonshu. Combining previous trauma and that led to Spector developing the disorder.

What kind of disorder does the Moon Knight have?

What kind of disorder does the Moon Knight have?

Moon Knight suffers from dissociative identity disorder, or DID. This is a serious mental condition that causes multiple personalities in a person, sometimes completely unaware they exist.

Each personality is born in a unique situation. The other personality takes control and dictates the actions and behavior of the person. Usually, delusions and memory impairments occur. DID can cause anxiety and depression, so it is important to be treated.

DID sufferers can experience chemical reactions in their bodies when their identities change. If one personality is a bodybuilder for instance, they may feel an overwhelming rush of adrenaline. This can make it possible to feel stronger and more capable of achieving difficult physical traits.

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What kind of disorder does the Moon Knight have?

Norman Bates, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho, is the most well-known DID character. After his mother passed away, Bates created the “Mother” character. He also killed his lover and their relationship due to unhealthy jealousy.

Moon Knight has the same disorder, but he seems to be aware of his personality changes and is able to take more control of his actions. Moon Knight does not suffer from memory loss.

Let’s now see the who’s and what’s of Moon Knight.

Comics List of Moon Knight Personalities

Comics List of Moon Knight Personalities

Moon Knight switches between four main personalities, and more recently, five as the Mr. Knight personality emerged. There were over ten identities that he presented. Here is a complete list of all the personalities he has ever used.

Marc Spector

Marc Spector

Marc Spector is Moon Knight’s real name. Spector, who was a mercenary before becoming Moon Knight, had a background as a professional fighter boxer, US Marine, and CIA operative. He was a mercenary but he was not evil or amoral. He had ethics and conscience and did what he did for the money, but never went overboard and hurt innocent people.

This conscience led to a dispute with Raoul Bushman, his partner mercenary. He wanted to kill Spector and his daughter in order to steal large quantities of gold. Spector was defeated by him, and he died. Khonshu revived Marc and gave him the superpowers that made him a Moon Knight.

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Steven Grant

Steven Grant

Marc’s first identity was Steven Grant, which Marc discovered after returning to America as Moon Knight. Moon Knight, Spector’s intelligent businessman, was as smart as Grant and turned his small savings into a large fortune on Wall Street.

Moon Knight’s vigilante work is funded by the newfound wealth. This can be used to gather intel or develop high-tech equipment that will help him fight crime. Steven Grant, unlike Spector is often seen wearing suits and hanging out at the elite.

Jake Lockley

Jake Lockley

Jake Lockley is the third identity Moon Knight uses. Jake Lockley, the street-smart personality Moon Knight, is Marc Spector, who is combat-smart. Steven Grant is business-smart.

Lockley, a taxi driver, hangs out with the underground. He has informants all around the city to collect valuable information for Moon Knight about crime, gangs and underground jobs.

Grant is a powerful and influential figure with his connections to the elite. However, sometimes the best intel comes from the bottom of crime chains – Jake Lockley steps in.

Moon Knight (Fist of Khonshu).

Moon Knight (Fist of Khonshu).

Moon Knight is a distinct identity from Spector Grant or Lockley. He draws on their influence, skills, and intel, but acts as his own person. Moon Knight is a powerful fighter who wears an all white suit. He is also equipped with tons of weapons and equipment. This allows him to act as a vigilante/superhero at night.

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This identity is often compared to Batman’s, and uses wealth and combat skills against crime to defeat it, even though it can sometimes make Moon Knight look bad.

Moon Knight (Fist of Khonshu).

Moon Knight is not like Batman and doesn’t hide behind the scenes. He wants his enemies to see him coming. They know there is no way to escape the vengeance that’s coming at them. The Fist of Khonshu superpowers, which are dependent on the lunar cycle, is another thing that separates him from Batman.

It might be called the “craziest” Marc Spector personality, but it also does the majority of the dirty work.

Mr. Knight

Mr. Knight

Mr. Knight is the fifth Moon Knight identity, but it was not around until recent times. For the first time, Mr. Knight was seen in 2014. I would say that Mr. Knight is a mix of the Steven Grant and Moon Knight identities.

His costume is again all-white but Mr. Knight doesn’t wear a cloak. Instead, he wears a tailored suit with white shoes and white necktie. A white shirt and white gloves are also included. His gentlemanly appearance is likely why he was given the prefix “Mr.”

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He is conscious of his disorder and talks to psychiatrists. Knight also does superhero work. He does not only focus on what he finds important, but also speaks to civilians who request his protection.

Spider-Man/Wolverine/Captain America

Spider-Man/Wolverine/Captain America

Vol. 6 of Moon Knight. Moon Knight Vol. 6 #1: Moon Knight is enjoying a new TV series about him until a phone call interrupts him. He was called by Spider-Man, Wolverine and Captain America to check on criminal activity at the Los Angeles dock.

After having a conversation with Moon Knight, he heads to the docks where he finds Mr. Hyde selling body parts from a dead Ultron. The fight ensues and Moon Knight escapes with Ultron’s head. However, he discovers that the three heroes never communicated with him. He was actually speaking to himself, interpreting Spider-Man and Wolverine as Captain America.

Spider-Man/Wolverine/Captain America

These personalities don’t appear as often as the five mentioned above, but they are still Moon Knight’s distinct identities.

Yitzak Topol

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Yitzak Topol did not appear in the Earth-616 version of Moon Knight. Topol, however, is an Earth-61615 regular identity.

Marc Spector was born to a loving, but strict, rabbi. Yitzak Topol was born from Spector’s childhood memories and his father.

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Maya Burr

Maya Burr, a Moon Knight personality on Earth-6161515 is one of his only female characters. Marc finds her young, attentive, and careful. She often hears his inner voice to motivate him to do the right things.

Marc is a composite of his life’s women, including his mother, Marlene Alraune, and his deceased girlfriend Lisa Shaw. Marc doesn’t show Maya Burr publicly, but it is a voice in his head.

Earth-101 Personalities

Earth-101 Personalities

Finally, Moon Knights from different universes often portrayed completely new personalities or characters. These were the most fascinating on Earth-101 where even our personalities were completely different.

Steven Grant, for example, isn’t a millionaire but an alcoholic who suffers from PTSD as a Navy vet. John Hanson, a new identity, is an Uber driver personality. Jake Lockley is a professional boxer. John Hanson is a trainer in boxing.

Earth-101 Personalities

Yitzak Topol, who is still a religious identity, appears alongside Ian Waller, who emerges as a junk-food-lover who rarely does more than watch movies and lives like a couch potato.

Buddy Keene is an outgoing womanizer who loves the nightlife. Luna Rose replaces Maya Burr’s feminine personality. Luna Rose is an external voice that expresses itself rather than being a part of Marc’s head.

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The Personalities of the Moon Knight in MCU

The Personalities of the Moon Knight in MCU

Although we don’t know the identities of the Moon Knights in MCU, or how many they will be present, we do know some things.

First, we saw Steven Grant in the trailer. We were completely unaware of Marc Spector’s real identity. Through a phone call, he’ll discover his true name is Marc.

We’ve also seen the spirit Khonshu appear and take over Steven (or Marc), unveiling the third identity – Moon Knight the all-white vigilante hero.

It seems like other characters might also appear, as the synopsis states.

The Personalities of the Moon Knight in MCU

“Moon Knight” is a brand new action-adventure series that features a complex vigilante with dissociative identity disorder. His multiple identities are forced into a deadly conflict of the gods, set against the backdrop of ancient and modern Egypt. (…).”

However, the word “multiple” could also refer to only two people, such as Marc Spector and Steven Grant. I believe that we will at least see Jake Lockley, considering that he is an integral part in Moon Knight’s comics.

The series will premiere on Disney+ on March 30, 2022.

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Moon Knight’s Personas

Moon Knight’s mental illness experience is one of his most human traits. Moon Knight is divided into several different alters, each with a different experience. Marvel hasn’t always dealt with Spector’s mental illness well. The character’s portrayion has often been governed primarily by tropes rather than any knowledge of mental disorders. However, Moon Knight’s experience with Disassociative ID Disorder is central to all depictions.

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Moon Knight’s main character is Marc Spector. However, Marc and Jake Lockley are also featured in comics. Each of them have their own lives, sometimes contradictory. This is all tied together by Marc’s pact made with Khonshu, the Egyptian God of Knowledge. He chose Marc as his avatar and transformed him into Moon Knight, his mysterious vigilante form.

10. Marc Spctor publicly knuckled out his dad

10. Marc Spctor publicly knuckled out his dad

Marc Spector, Moon Knight’s main personality, was born in Chicago and raised by Elias Spector. Elias, a Rabbi who escaped the Nazi invasion in Czechoslovakia during World War II, chose to live a life free from violence, even when faced with severe persecution.

Marc began boxing as a teenager. Moon Knight Vol. 1 Issue #37. His strict pacifist father was directly offended by this. Later, Elias confronted Marc in the ring and Marc punched him infront of a crowd. The incident caused a long separation between them, but the event was later completely retconned in Moon Knight Vol. 8 Issue #11, which noted that Elias had passed away when Marc was young making it impossible for Marc to have a conflict with his father.

9. The Perlman Incident Started it All

9. The Perlman Incident Started it All

Marc Spector’s subsequent mental health issues were triggered by a traumatizing childhood experience. He discovered through a very problematic Marvel Comics story that a close friend of his, Yitz Perlman was actually a vicious Nazi scientist posing to be a Jewish rabbi.

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Perlman, despite his friendliness and welcoming appearance, was a serial killer. Marc found out this when he discovered a secret room in the temple of the Rabbi and witnessed his “friend” torture a kidnapped victim. Marc managed to escape, but the trauma of what Perlman witnessed would not let him go. This experience would later lead to his mental illness.

8. Marc Spector’s Days as A Mercenary-Funded Steven Grant

8. Marc Spector’s Days as A Mercenary-Funded Steven Grant

Steven Grant, Marc Spector’s alter ego, is a very wealthy businessman who leads a lavish lifestyle, particularly when compared to Marc’s life. Marc Spector’s humble origins and Steven’s immense wealth raise the question of “Where did the money come?”

Marc Spector was a mercenary during his youth, which is a key part of his life. This job ultimately led to Moon Knight. Steven Grant was Marc Spector’s primary personality. He used Marc’s money to fund his business ventures, and increased their wealth. Moon Knight’s unique income stream is the reason he is able afford his gadgets.

7. Jake Lockley is The Secret Weapon

Jake Lockley is The Secret Weapon

Marc’s alter ego Jake Lockley is a stark contrast to Steven Grants world of glamour and glitz. Marvel Spotlight Vol. 1 Issue #28 first introduced Jake Lockley. Jake is a working-class taxi driver who has an ear for detail.

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Moon Knight can do detective work in Jake’s field of work. Moon Knight can use the information Jake has gathered from his day job, as well as his connections and confidants, to gain a tactical edge.

6. Marc Spctor Has A Daughter

6. Marc Spctor Has A Daughter

In later Moon Knight comics, parenthood was added to the list of responsibilities that Moon Knight must manage. Marc Spector and Marlene Alraune fell in love, which led to them starting a family.

Marc and Marlene were unconventional parents. They allowed their daughter to choose any name she liked. Their daughter, who first appeared in Moon Knight Issue #190 was would eventually settle on the name “Diatrice”.

5. Moon Knight created a Spider-Man Alter

5. Moon Knight created a Spider-Man Alter

Moon Knight has been a partner with the Web-Head before. However, Brian Michael Bendis’ Moon Knight run saw the hero create several alters based upon top-tier Marvel heroes. Spidey was one of those fully-realized alternates. The Friendly-Neighborhood Spider-Man appeared to Moon Knight as a vivid hallucination, similar to how some of his other alters (as well as Khonshu) also manifest.

To complement his new personality, Moon Knight made use of Spider-Man’s web-shooters. Although the audience knows that Spidey is a fictional character, Moon Knight’s interactions with him are still true to his character.

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4. Moon Knight

4. Moon Knight

Moon Knight created a Captain America persona in addition to his Spider-Man alter. The First Avenger, Moon Knight’s primary alter, is a completely different interpretation of the character than Jake Lockley or Steven Grant.

Cap, the voice in Moon Knights’ head, often acts as a voice to reason and guide, sometimes disagreeing with other alters. However, he behaves in a manner that is surprising consistent with the real Steve Rogers fans love and know. These types of ‘internal focused groups’, which Bendis created and films like ID show, are not indicative of mental illness.

3. Moon Knight’s Wolverine Alter Killed 2 Other Personities

3. Moon Knight’s Wolverine Alter Killed 2 Other Personities

Marc Spector’s third Avengers-themed alter is based upon Wolverine. This has dire consequences for both the Spider-Man and Captain America personas. Moon Knight Vol 6 Issue #9 shows a situation where the Wolverine alter kills both Captain America and Spider-Man in a fit.

This has huge implications for the character’s history as it shows how Moon Knight’s alternate personalities could die or be permanently killed. This is yet another Hollywood-style portrayal of mental illness. Worse, it reinforces the notion that mental illness can lead to violent behavior.

2. Mr. Knight Is Moon Knight’s Public Representative

2. Mr. Knight Is Moon Knight's Public Representative

Moon Knight, a violent vigilante, is bound to generate bad publicity. Moon Knight is a little outcast in the Marvel stable, despite heroes like Spider-Man or Captain America trying to avoid conflict with lethal means.

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Enter Mr. Knight. Secret Avengers Vol. 1 Issue #19 is his debut appearance. Secret Avengers Vol. 1 Issue #19 features Mr. Knight, a smartly dressed, dapper alter who has a touch of subtlety, especially when compared to Moon Knight. While Mr. Knight is more of a detective than a warrior, he does have his quirks.

1. Marc Spector has a worse reputation than The Punisher

1. Marc Spector has a worse reputation than The Punisher

Steve Rogers had some words of wisdom for Moon Knight, despite Marc Spector and Captain America, a hallucinatory Captain America. Captain America was clear that he wanted Moon Knight to fight on his side during the Civil Warevent.

The American icon was at a crossroads when he compared Moon Knight’s mental issues to The Punisher’s multiple murders, and suggested that Spector would do better in a hospital. These cruel words gave us a glimpse into Captain America’s thoughts on Moon Knight and also showed how comics think about mental health.

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