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Moon Knight Writer Cites Indiana Jones And Ghostbusters As Inspirations

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  • Posted on 08th Apr, 2022 16:05 PM

Moon Knight writer Jeremy Slater said Indiana Jones and Ghostbusters were used as inspiration to make the series work the way it did.

p>There's been plenty of hype surrounding the upcoming Moon Knight series that was released just recently, and this latest little wrinkle should only add to it. Head writer Jeremy Slater recently came out saying that two of the show's primary influences were Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Moon Knight offers MCU fans a unique story and experience compared to past Marvel Studios projects, which is not an easy feat for a series involving a character who is frequently compared to DC's Batman. Slater cited the original Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark as big inspirations for the series, among others, in part because he didn't want the character to be a carbon copy of Batman.

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"I came in saying, 'Look, people are sort of expecting Batman in a white palette swap, sort of beating up muggers in an alley...' To me, it was sort of the least interesting version, because we've seen it so many times," Slater said to Variety at the Moon Knight premiere. "So I came in, and I was really pitching, 'I want to see some Raiders of the Lost Ark. I want to see some Ghostbusters.'" Slater later elaborated that he wanted to bring a darker tone to the family-friendly MCU franchise, which Marvel Studios head guru Kevin Feige was more than supportive of, and then some. "I wanted to bring some horror into the MCU, some scary monsters and really sort of push that envelope as far as we can. Kevin and Marvel were so supportive of that... At every turn, he really sort of pushed us to tell the best story, don't worry about... pulling your punches. It's definitely still appropriate for all ages... but I was like 'let's get as PG-13 as we possibly can.'"

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Being influenced by the Indiana Jones and Ghostbusters franchises shouldn't surprise anyone at this point given that their popularity is still strong enough these days to warrant modern and future sequels. Both franchises have provided the template for how to construct a fun adventure for their audiences and characters they could root for. And of course, they also provide some good comedy while they were at it. It's easy to see why Marvel Studios would look to them for ideas for a series like Moon Knight as they expand their cinematic universe.

However, just because the property is influenced by such popular classic franchises does not mean that all will go well in the execution of their own stories. Whenever a popular franchise comes out that resonates with audiences, we see other franchises come out shortly thereafter that clearly cite them as inspiration, sure, but also to the point where it's practically an imitation. Even worse, a pretty poor imitation. They do this because the formula has worked in the past, so why not repeat it? Marvel should know this first-hand given that Warner Brothers and Sony are essentially copying what the MCU has done.

That's also why it is so refreshing to see that even though Moon Knight is receiving the hype it gets in part because it promises to be darker than the average Marvel property, those behind the show don't want to repeat what audiences have already seen in the past. Marvel's biggest sin has been repeating the same formula. It hasn't been a problem in the past because fans still tuned in any way. While it's difficult to tell from just one episode, maybe Moon Knight is the true sign that they are going to change things up a bit.

Moon Knight episode 1 is now available on Disney Plus.

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