The following article contains spoilers for Moon Knight Season 1 Episode 3, “The Friendly Type,” streaming now on Disney+.
In moon knight In Episode 3, “The Friendly Type”, the audience is introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Anton Mogart, played by the late Gaspard Ulliel. The Disney+ show presents Mogart as a wealthy antique collector who is visited by Marc Spector and Layla El-Faouly. The two characters are on a quest to find a mysterious artifact that will help them locate Ammit’s gravesite before Ethan Hawke’s Arthur Harrow finds it first.
Mogart is in possession of a sarcophagus, and it is this item that triggers a fight between him and Marc Spector/Moon Knight, which ends with Mogart being injured and riding into the mist. Some viewers may not know that Mogart is a character from The moon knight comics, but who is he? And who is his villainous alter ego, Midnight Man?
Who is Midnight Man?
Anton Mogart aka Midnight Man made his debut in moon knight #3 in 1981 (which might make its episode 3 appearance a subtle Easter egg) and was created by Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz. In the comics, Mogart is an art collector who steals valuable pieces to add to his collection and only commits these crimes at midnight, earning him the nickname Midnight Man. The character battles Moon Knight in several issues of the comics, first when Moon Knight stops him from stealing a Monet oil painting, resulting in Mogart falling into a river and suffering severe facial damage from sewage debris.
Seeking revenge for his now disfigured face, Mogart teams with Bushman to trap Moon Knight in the sewers. However, Bushman betrays Mogart and has him drowned with her prisoner. Moon Knight escapes and saves himself and Mogart. Later in a new series Marc Spector: Moon Knight (1989), it is revealed that Mogart had a son, Jeffrey Wilde, who – against his father’s wishes – follows in his footsteps as Midnight before eventually reconsidering and becoming a partner with Moon Knight. While he’s a relatively minor character in the moon knight Saga, Mogart’s son Jeffrey has played a much bigger role in Marc Spector’s story, first as his sidekick and later a cyborg in the hands of the Secret Empire and a villain again.
Will the character return to Moon Knight?
The MCU version of the character is also a collector of art and antiques, but it’s not specified how he gets them, whether he simply buys them, or if he follows the path of his comic book counterpart. It’s likely the latter, as Mogart is shown to have mastered various forms of martial arts, which can come in handy when priceless artwork is stolen. Mogart is injured by the end of the episode, and while it’s possible he was simply killed, that seems unlikely. Well, it wouldn’t be surprising if that brief appearance led Mogart to become a villain later in the series. However, tragic events in the real world may have drastically affected those plans.
Gaspard Ulliel died in a skiing accident in January. While it’s likely he’ll have finished filming the series (if he shows up in later episodes), there are further plans for the character’s return to the MCU, either in a second season (which looks doubtful) or moon knight or any other project, would result in the character having to be recast, which some understandably feel disrespectful of Ulliel. Following the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020, the decision was made not to recast the character, and instead it is believed that another character will assume the mantle of Black Panther Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022). While there is no confirmation as to Midnight Man’s future in the MCU, perhaps a similar path will follow if there are plans to show the character again, with one possible path being the introduction of Mogart’s son into the MCU.
So far, however, Gaspard Ulliel has given a fantastic performance as Anton Mogart, and while we don’t know what path the character will take and if it could lead to more hints of Midnight Man and further conflicts with Spector, we’re hoping to get him to see him again in the remaining episodes of moon knight.
Moon Knight’s first three episodes are available to stream on Disney+, with new episodes on Wednesdays.
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