Yesterday we got the news that Marvel Studios was looking to cast two key characters in Moon Knight from a recent casting call. Now a new character breakdown has suggested that Disney and Marvel are looking to cast a male between the ages of 40-50 to play the lead. The studio is allegedly considered Keanu Reeves to portray the character in the series.
A source tells The Illuminerd that Marvel is eyeing John Wick actor Keanu Reeves for the role of Marc Spector, aka Moon Knight. However, the site reports that it’s unclear if Marvel Studios has already opened talks with Reeves.
This is really not a surprise, last year Kevin Feige revealed that the studio was constant talk with the John Wick actor for a role in the MCU. Reeves was also in talks to star in Captain Marvel as Yon-Rogg but had to let go of the role due to scheduling conflicts with John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
We talk to him for almost every film we make,” Feige laughed. “I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it.
A former boxer and U.S. Marine, he gained his superpowers after becoming the avatar of the Egyptian god, Khonshu. Moon Knight was also a member of the Defenders for a brief period. He first appeared in Werewolf by Night #32 (August 1975) as a villain, before being reintroduced later as a hero in Spectacular Spider-Man #22 and #23 (September/October 1978).
Spector was a former pugilist, mercenary, and CIA agent. He’s double-crossed by his boss, Raoul Bushman, after they find a mysterious archaeological site, which Bushman planned to loot for his own selfish means. Near death, Spector comes into contact with Khonshu, an Egyptian moon god, who offers him another chance to live, in return for becoming his avatar on this world. Spector accepts the deal and is reborn with superhuman powers. He then returns to the U.S. and accumulates immense wealth after investing his earnings as a mercenary and becomes the crimefighter known as “Moon Knight.”
Spector also created multiple identities, including the alias of millionaire Steven Grant to misdirect people from his mercenary history and Jake Lockley, a low-key taxicab driver that helps him keep a closer ear to the streets and criminal elements.