In the latest issue of Daredevil, Knull revealed two traits present in everyone who has been able to resist his control, pointing to a future MCU hero.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Daredevil # 27, by Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto, Mike Hawthorne, Adriano Di Benedetto, Marcio Menyz and VC’s Clayton Cowles, now on sale.
Recently, two different stories have tested the mettle of Marvel’s greatest heroes in different ways. In Avengers, the Phoenix Force is searching for a new host and has its sights set on Black Panther as a worthy avatar. Meanwhile, Marvel’s biggest crossover King in Black has seen Knull attack Earth, while searching for the best host to help him finally conquer the planet.
Interestingly, the hero who refused to help Phoenix fight in Avengers he might be the man most capable of conquering Knull if the symbiote god tried to go after him. Moon Knight already helped take down Khonshu before refusing to fight Phoenix, but Reckless Number 27 hints that he might be uniquely qualified to stop Knull and save Earth.
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Hints of this came in the battle for Knull to attempt to seize Daredevil. As Matt struggled with all his might, Knull maintained an inner monologue, taunting Matt and letting him know that there was little chance he could prevent the symbiote god from taking over. Knull mentioned that beings from all over the universe tried to resist Knull, and they all failed. Knull mentioned that the few who nearly beat him, fighting his control, used “insanity or false faith.”
A Marvel hero perfectly fits the description of a man of madness and faith: Moon Knight. When Marc Spector first became a Moon Knight, he was a mercenary on the verge of death and found the moon god, Khonshu, who saved him. All Spector had to do was surrender to Khonshu. He gained powers from the moon and became an avatar of the moon god. With the “false faith” and worship of a god that only Spector saw for many years, he suffered a loss of sanity and a descent into madness.
With her personality split between Marc Spector and Moon Knight, she soon developed other personalities. While they seemed perfect for him to slip into whatever realm of society he needed to get things done, it also caused him to suffer from dissociative identity disorder. With identities like mercenary Marc Spector, millionaire Steven Grant, and taxi driver Jake Lockley, as well as the near-psychotic Moon Knight, his slip into madness nearly killed him more than once.
This was best demonstrated in the recent Avengers “The Age of Khonshu” arc by Jason Aaron, Javier Garron, Jason Keith and Cory Petit from VC, which ran from Avengers # 33-37 and showed how powerful the real Khonshu is. Moon Knight stole the powers of various Avengers to use against Mephisto and managed to defeat the demon using Thor’s hammer. The fact that Moon Knight and Khonshu pushed Earth’s mightiest heroes to the limit, thanks in large part to Moon Knight’s faith and folly, proved just how powerful the Fist of Khonshu can be. When he took over the Phoenix Force and used it to defeat Khonshu in battle, he demonstrated what he was truly capable of accomplishing. If the key to stopping Knull is truly insanity, then Moon Knight may be Marvel’s best symbiote fighter.
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