The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown exponentially since Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark donned his first Iron Man suit in 2008, but there's always room for more characters. Marvel's catalog of heroes and villains runs insanely deep, and everyone has his or her idea of a perfect Marvel movie. Now it seems that Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn has another character that he wants to adapt to the silver screen. Prepare to get excited, because Mr. Gunn apparently wants to take a crack at the psychotic anti-hero, Moon Knight. The director tweeted:
In the name of all that is holy, someone at Marvel Studios needs to keep a constant eye on James Gunn's Twitter profile because it is a non-stop stream of excellent ideas. The guy wants to make a Moon Knight movie, and that pretty much sounds like the best idea that we have heard all day. For those of you who don't know, Moon Knight is often considered Marvel's analog to DC's Batman. He is a dark, twisted vigilante who uses Special Forces training, an arsenal of gadgets, and an entirely unhinged personality to vanquish crime. His stories are cruel, they are violent, and they spend much of their time exploring the demented mind of a mentally unstable hero.
Of course, it's worth acknowledging that a Moon Knight movie might not be the best course of action for Marvel Studios at this point. The character is incredibly dark and violent, and as such, the best place for him at this stage might be within the Netflix Defenders universe alongside characters like Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). He's already a New York-based hero with a penchant for brutal tactics, so he would likely fit right in.
Seriously, it's not hard to imagine a Netflix-based Moon Knight fight scene looking the below Daredevil clip. It might just be a bit more violent.
That said, if the Marvel movies ever decide that they want to go in a considerably darker direction, then Moon Knight would be the perfect hero to spearhead that venture. His stories are an absolute blast, and he's certainly unlike anything that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has seen in recent years. He could go a long way when it comes to adding some notable moral ambiguity to the current lineup of Marvel stories.
For those of you interesting in James Gunn's current work within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, check out the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (which hit theaters on May 5) on the next page!