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Moon Knight (Marc Spector) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin, the character first appeared in Werewolf by Night.More...
Moon Knight (Marc Spector) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin, the character first appeared in Werewolf by Night.
Moon Knight was ranked by Wizard magazine as the 149th-greatest comic book character of all time. IGN also listed Moon Knight as the 89th-greatest comic book character, stating that Moon Knight is more or less the concept of what would happen if Batman were to suffer from multiple personality disorder, and as #49 on their list of the "Top 50 Avengers".
Spector gained his superhuman powers as a result of a visitation by the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Moon Knight's strength, endurance, and reflexes are enhanced depending upon the phases of the moon. The fuller the moon, the more strength Moon Knight derives from it; even during a new moon, he can lift several hundred pounds. It's not known how much of this strength is mystical and how much is simply the result of self-hypnosis due to his psychological instability.
At some unspecified point in time Moon Knight is thought to have lost these powers (he is last seen using his lunar superstrength while in the West Coast Avengers, a team he leaves in 1989.), with his loss of powers officially confirmed in 2007 during the Midnight Sun arc of Moon Knight, with Khonshu claiming that this loss of power is punishment for his disobedience.
Due to his multiple personalities, he is also resistant to some psychic attacks and sometimes receives prophetic visions. Moon Knight is shown to possess a very high tolerance for pain such as ignoring a crossbow bolt fired into his shoulder by Taskmaster. as well as when he receives a bullet wound through his leg while only letting off a slight grunt of pain.
During the Charlie Huston run of Moon Knight, the Profile, an amoral profiler-for-hire with the possibly mutant power to instinctively analyse and predict the actions of anyone he observes, claims that his abilities do not function correctly on "supernaturals" and that Marc is physically painful for him to look at while wearing the "vestments" that make up his costume. He offers the explanation that either Khonshu is real and his presence interferes with the Profile's abilities or Marc is so crazy that it is tantamount to magic and his sheer belief in Khonshu is enough to disrupt the Profile.
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