Marvel Fans Slam ‘Disrespectful’, ‘Able’ Theory

The latest Disney+ Original series from Marvel Studios, moon knightdebuted on March 30, 2022.

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Unlike previous Marvel Cinematic Universe series on the streamer – including WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Lokiand Hawk Eyemoon knight does not focus on known characters from the Infinity Saga, but instead features a Marvel Comics character who has not previously appeared in Kevin Feige’s MCU.

Moon Knight Transformation
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In the comic book universe, Moon Knight’s dissociative identity disorder is a key part of who he is – and it’s the same in the live-action series.

When Steven Grant discovers he shares a psyche with Marc Spector, a mercenary killer, his world changes forever, as the world does for most people struggling with mental health issues in real life.

Oscar Isaac as Frightened Moon Knight
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moon knight has previously been criticized for largely erasing the title character’s Jewish heritage, which is well known in comic book stories. Now, a recent theory has Marvel fans on their toes again, this time calling out the idea that Grant/Spector’s dissociative identity disorder isn’t necessarily real.

A Twitter summary of the original theory reads:

The multiple personalities of #MoonKnight could be versions of multiple Moon Knight universes converging into one body.

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Fans almost immediately started giving their thoughts on the idea. Alice said:

With the stigma around DID, did you really think it would be good to post this? He’s one of the few comic book characters with DID who isn’t inherently villainized. [sic: villainized] for his diagnosis. You talk about “insensitivity” to DID in your article but you don’t see how disrespectful that is?

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Another user, Dinah, sarcastically referred to the depression that Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) suffers from in the latest movie of the Iron Man trilogy:

Yeah and Iron Man’s depression in Iron Man 3 was actually because he was possessed [sic: possessed] by dormammu who gave him sad thoughts

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Janni went to bat for mental health awareness, posting:

They are called alters and not personalities, for one thing there is a big difference. DID deserves to be treated with respect and not reduced to a part of the multiverse. Also, they worked with a mental health consultant and that’s a big part of the MK comics, so I highly doubt that.

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A user who says “Danielle should write” eloquently summed up what most Marvel fans seem to think:

I kind of get why some would consider this, but let’s not erase someone’s mental health disorder…representation is important and the diagnosis of DID is an important aspect of the character. Let’s not be abelists please

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The discussion on social networks is ongoing if you want to share your own opinions on moon knight and the importance of destigmatizing mental illness.

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oscar isaac as mr.  knight version of the moon knight
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moon knightthe latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is officially described like:

Moon Knight follows mild-mannered gift shop clerk Steven Grant, who is plagued by power outages and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector.

As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge on them, they must navigate their complex identities while immersed in a deadly mystery among the mighty gods of Egypt.

What do you think of this theory?

You can stream Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Marvel’s six Phase Four series so far – WandaVision from Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier from Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, Loki from Tom Hiddleston, What If…? by Marvel, Hawkeye by Jeremy Renner, and Moon Knight by Oscar Isaac — on Disney+ anytime.

Sharon D. Cole