Marvel Creates Another Continuity Issue After Daredevil’s MCU Return

Marvel Studios, and the release of Moon Knight, have created another MCU continuity issue following Daredevil’s return in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

A Moon Knight episode 5 character means that Marvel has created another continuity problem following Daredevil’s return to the MCU. Spider-Man: No Way Home saw Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) appear in a surprise cameo role, advising Peter Parker (Tom Holland) after his superhero identity was revealed to the public by Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). This appearance was followed by the return of Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in Hawkeye and the Marvel Netflix shows moving from their prior home to Disney+.

With these moves all but confirming the Marvel Netflix shows are canon to the MCU, Disney+’s latest venture, Moon Knight, has created another continuity problem concerning The Defenders saga. The Marvel Netflix shows, produced by Marvel Television instead of Marvel Studios like the Disney+ shows, featured very loose connections to the wider MCU. With their canonicity being unclear until recently, some continuity issues have appeared in Marvel Studios productions over the years, with Moon Knight being the latest to carry on this trend.


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Moon Knight episode 5 introduced audiences to Marc Spector’s family, with Marc’s father making a continuity issue apparent. Marc’s father, Elias Spector, is played by actor Rey Lucas, known for various TV roles, including Manifest and The First. More importantly, though, Rey Lucas has appeared in the MCU before as Detective Tomas Ciancio in Luke Cage. Ciancio appeared in two episodes of Luke Cage season 2, with the titular character enlisting his help during an investigation into the Yardies, a Jamaican crime family, and a subsequent murder investigation into Mariah Dillard. With characters from Daredevil now officially being in a Marvel Studios project, this continuity error becomes more apparent should the events of Luke Cage also be classed as canon if the Netflix actors return to the MCU. With Rey Lucas portraying two separate characters in the MCU following Moon Knight episode 5, Marvel has yet another case of an unwanted double performance between the Netflix shows and Marvel Studios properties.

Lucas’ appearance isn’t the only time this has been the case, with two other examples of the continuity issues coming from Luke Cage as well. Alfre Woodard plays one of the main antagonists on the show, Mariah Dillard. However, Woodard also appeared in a Marvel Studios film: Captain America: Civil War. In Civil War, Woodard played a grieving mother who confronts Tony Stark after visiting MIT. As well as Lucas and Woodard, Mahershala Ali played Cottonmouth in Luke Cage season 1, yet has also been cast as the lead role in Marvel Studios’ Blade.

Rey Lucas’ appearance in Moon Knight episode 5 as Elias Spector is simply the next in a line of continuity errors from Marvel Studios now that the Netflix shows have been integrated into the MCU. While Lucas’ Moon Knight appearance isn’t too much of an issue given his smaller roles in both productions, someone like Ali appearing as a major antagonist in Luke Cage and the titular hero in Blade highlights Marvel Studios continued oversight now that Daredevil has returned to the MCU. Whether Elias Spector will appear again in Moon Knight or future MCU properties remains to be seen, but it is clear Marvel needs to be more conscious of this problem going forward to avoid minor continuity issues of this sort.

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