May Calamawy, known for the Hulu series Ramy, has officially been cast in an unknown role in Marvel's upcoming Oscar Isaac-led Moon Knight show.
May Calamawy has been officially cast in Marvel’s upcoming Moon Knight series on Disney+. The series, based on the fan-favorite Marvel Comics vigilante of the same name, will star Oscar Isaac and is planned to begin filming in Budapest this spring. Calamawy is the first confirmed cast addition since Isaac’s initial announcement.
Though a less widely-known character than Marvel’s biggest names like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk, Moon Knight has a dedicated following among a more niche group of fans. The character has often been compared to DC’s Batman for his costume, night-stalking nature, millionaire status, and penchant for gadgets. The new Disney+ show will finally bring Moon Knight to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as one of many planned series coming to the streaming platform.
Now, a new name has joined Oscar Isaac in the Moon Knight cast – May Calamawy. Disney announced the new addition via The Hollywood Reporter, giving fans another tidbit while they await more details on the show. Calamawy is best known for her past roles in The Brave, The Long Road Home, and the acclaimed Hulu comedy series Ramy, where she plays the sister of the eponymous protagonist. Disney has not yet revealed what character Calamawy will be playing on the Moon Knight.
Calamawy’s role will likely depend in part on what version of the Moon Knight character Marvel decides to go with for the MCU. The masked vigilante debuted in 1975, and his own solo series of comics began in 1980. Since those early days, the character of Moon Knight has gone through various iterations and story arcs, occasionally gaining or losing superpowers, assuming different identities, and generally fighting crime. It will be interesting to see how series leads Mohamed Diab, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead will adjust the character for the MCU, and to see what role in the greater franchise story Moon Knight will play.
As the MCU begins its transition to a heavier streaming focus this year with WandaVision, The Falcon and Winter Soldier, and Loki, a lot that fans have taken for granted about the franchise could be subject to change. Those first three shows star main characters from Phases 1-3, but Disney+ will also see the debut of brand new characters like Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Isaac’s Moon Knight. How much those new characters will be featured in future theatrical releases is unclear. Regardless, Moon Knight should be an exciting addition to the MCU.