Finally, “Moon Knight” has joined the MCU! Marc Spector is one of Marvel’s most distinctive heroes, and his live-action adaption has been long overdue. The “Moon Knight” is probably far different from what comic readers anticipated, though. For starters, the Disney+ series spends the whole of the first episode on Steven Grant, a quiet Londoner who works in a museum gift shop and believes he has an odd sleep issue. Steven is actually being controlled by a different personality, a shadowy character by the name of Marc Spector, who possesses Moon Knight’s abilities.
While what little of Marc we see resembles his comic book counterpart, Steven is distinctly different from him. The writers may have made the decision to dramatically modify him since the billionaire playboy persona that is so frequently compared to Bruce Wayne is gone, and in its stead is a kind but conceited gift store clerk. Steven is frantically attempting to make sense of his shattered psyche, which is one important component of the character that has been preserved.
Although Moon Knight frequently works alone, many of his comic book adventures have a cast of individuals that have played a significant role in Marc’s goal throughout the years. Except for one, none of them appear in the first episode of “Moon Knight” (but the name of a different person appears). The living statue Marc confides in may not have gotten much attention from viewers, but comic book fans were presumably well familiar with him. So, what’s his name and what does he look like to Marc Spector in the comics?
More than meets the eye
Many Moon Knight fans probably thought of Bertrand Crawley when Steven spoke to the live statue in the opening episode of the Disney+ series. The musician clearly fits the bill in terms of appearance. These suspicions are supported by a short glance at the show’s end credits, where Shaun Scott is identified as Crawley. Crawley has been a part of Marc’s inner circle for a very long time, just like Marlene, Frenchie, and Gena.
Bertrand Crawley made his debut in “Marvel Spotlight” Vol. 1 #28 in 1976, along with the majority of the other members of Moon Knight’s core group. Doug Moench and Don Perlin, the creators of Moon Knight, gave him life. When Crawley first encountered Jake Lockley, another of Marc’s alter personas, he was a destitute person living on the streets of New York. Because of Steven’s affluence, he was easily hired as an informant because of his position, which made him particularly well-suited to do so. Since then, he has intermittently acquired information for Moon Knight.
Crawley is more complex than he appears since he is quite intelligent and adept at gathering information. He also has a very terrible past, as revealed in “Moon Knight” Vol. 1 #2, which was written by the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz and Moench, who also co-created the hero. Crawley used to sell textbooks, but his drunkenness caused him to lose both his job and his marriage. He eventually ended up living on the streets after his wife and their small son Jimmy fled. Jimmy’s own life was violent and short at the same time. In an effort to kill his father, who had abandoned him and whom he held responsible for the passing of his mother, he turned to murder, targeting homeless males. He had a very brief run as the Slasher because of Moon Knight, but Crawley didn’t blame the hero for it.
Crawley has intermittently appeared in Moon Knight comics over the years, but he does have a notably important role in Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood’s superb 2016–2017 comic run. How much of Crawley will appear in “Moon Knight” is unknown. He has so far provided Steven with a much-needed sounding board. While Crawley is undoubtedly a captive audience sometimes all you need is someone who will listen, perhaps he will finally aid Moon Knight on his heroic adventure.