Contrary to popular belief, Moon Knight isn’t just a Batman rip off.
He’s a Batman rip off with a more substantial mental illness. Which is really saying something when you consider Bruce Wayne’s damaged psyche for even two seconds.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t known for its dark and brooding movie heroes. There are plenty of them on Netflix, sure, but it’s hard to imagine Moon Knight looming menacingly over a scene while Robert Downey Jr shoots out quippy one-liners.
Apparently, though, while many might think that The Defenders is a better place for Marc Spector, James Gunn has pitched a movie starring Moon Knight to his bosses at Marvel.
From the sounds of it, they turned him down, but wow! Wouldn’t it be amazing to get to see a Moon Knight movie directed by James Gunn?
So what’s keeping this movie from happening? As it turns out, unfortunately, there just isn’t enough of James Gunn to go around.
Oh my God I love Moon Knight & I have a great idea for a movie, I just wish I had the time (but, no, he doesn't belong in Guardians). https://t.co/ARJCPh62gt— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 4, 2017
According to Twitter, the reason Gunn isn’t already making a Moon Knight movie is because he just doesn’t have the time to make it. With the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise essentially draining a good five years of his life away, there’s no time for other projects.
@MCU__news I told them. But, like I said, I just don't have the time.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 4, 2017
It is good, though, to hear that Gunn has been using what spare time he has available to come up with new Marvel pitches.
Well, it’s good if you want to see more James Gunn Marvel movies. If you want to see the director of Slither to return to his horror roots, you might be in for a bad time.
After all, Gunn has been hesitant to commit to a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, in large part because of just how much effort it is to build a Marvel film. But if Gunn is still thinking of fun new projects set in the MCU, it suggests that he might be okay to stick around for a while.
And, hey, if Slither fans did want to see more of this kind of darker yet comedic storytelling, there’s few properties in Marvel’s catalogue that fits better than Moon Knight.
Maybe Nathan Fillion is free to play Marc Spector? Admit it, that sounds like a pretty awesome movie.