Moon Knight Producer Breaks Down Marvel’s Writing Process

Moon Knight recently wrapped up a terrific first season and the series was very different from those that came before it. Marvel Studios made sure the plot of the show was shrouded in mystery and it really worked for them. Usually, Marvel seems to have strict guidelines on where their movies and TV shows go and you’d think the writers wouldn’t have as much creative freedom. It turns out that for Moon Knight Head writer Jeremy Slater had plenty of room to play. During a recent meeting with ComicBook.com, we asked Slater if he’s going into the series with a clean slate and if the studio has any guidelines he should follow.

“Very few, but we definitely had concrete guidelines. The way the pitch works is that I had been trying to get into the Marvel camp for 10 years,” Slater revealed. “I think I had my first pitch with Kevin when they were still in production on the first Captain America. So it’s been a long time with a bunch of projects that never came to fruition and came to fruition, but you go there and they’re like, “Okay, listen,” they’re talking about doing… At the time, they already had writers on Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye, but that was an example of like, ‘Here’s a few characters that are in contention right now,” and out of the three or four they mentioned, Moon Knight was the one I was sort of leaning towards.”

“From that point on, they gave you kind of a dossier like, ‘Here’s the basic rundown of the character and everything. But also, my two executives on the project, Grant Curtis and Nick Pepin, they were our creative partners from the start. They were in the room every day, telling the story with us. They were there to make sure we didn’t. I can’t take the wrong path. I could really use them early on to get a sense of what Kevin likes and dislikes about this character. What does he answer somehow? They said that, look, they really didn’t have anything written in stone in terms of, this is what a Moon Knight show should be, but they’re like, “Kevin is always looking for what the MCU hasn’t done before, and also, what’s the contest hasn’t done before?” The writer added

Marvel Studios and Disney+ describe the series as: “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 embroiled in a deadly mystery among the mighty gods of Egypt.” All Episodes from Marvel Studios Moon Knight are now available on Disney+.

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Scott R. Banks