In a post-Avengers: Endgame world, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four is as interconnected as ever. Between Doctor Strange having a major role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Black Widow’s Yelena Belova making an appearance in Hawkeye, and the wild ride Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness promises to be, fans are generally expecting to clear crossovers and tie-ins often in the MCU. Despite that, the next MCU entry and Disney+ series Moon Knight will apparently stand on its own.
Executive producer Grant Curtis stated in a Disney press release that Moon Knight will explore the character without relying on pre-existing MCU lore. Specifically, Curtis noted:
There’s no attachment to the current MCU. He’s brand-new, and he is going on a brand-new adventure. We really think the fans are going to enjoy it.Grant Curtis
The lack of attachment to the MCU seems to be coming from a place of trying to create an entirely unique character from scratch within the franchise. Curtis compared Moon Knight to Iron Man to explain it:
There are multiple aspects of Moon Knight that get us internally jazzed at Marvel Studios. But one of the unique aspects of this character is it’s taking Marvel Studios to its Iron Man and Tony Stark roots. That was a character that was obviously built from the ground up, and it is the same with Marc Spector.Grant Curtis
Moon Knight already promises to bring a unique character to light when the series premieres on Disney+ on March 30. Marc Spector is an ex-mercenary who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, and the show is expected to directly tackle mental health issues. It’s also anticipated that Moon Knight will be more violent than other MCU entries, honoring the character’s comic book history. While some fans may be disappointed at the lack of other MCU references or influences on the series, Moon Knight may end up being a fresh story that adds to Phase Four on its own merit alone. Despite Curtis’ quote, there is still a rumor that an original Avenger will make an appearance in the series at some point. Still, even if Moon Knight stands alone for this series, it is highly doubtful that the character will do so forever.
Source: The Direct