The combined form of Spider-Man and Moon Knight finally gets the costume he deserves
The combined form of Marvel heroes Moon Knight and Spider-Man finally gets an all-new suit that addresses the particular issues of the previous suit.
marvel’s Spider Man and Moon Knight are just the latest in a long line of superheroes to combine into one being – but this time the new hero gets a much better costume to wear into battle. Merging two heroes into one is an age-old tradition in comics; conceit appears almost as often as two heroes fighting each other before settling their differences and fighting the villain side by side. After almost four years of waiting, Moon Knight #10 finally gives the Arachknight the costume he deserves.
The amalgamation of superhero characters really peaked in 1996 Marvel vs. DC (also printed under DC vs. Marvel, in the interest of fairness). A massive crossover between the two giants of the comics industry, Marvel vs. DC pit an A-list team against an A-list team in a battle for the survival of the universe. In a last-ditch effort to prevent the annihilation of a universe, the Specter and the Living Tribunal merged realities, merging heroes at the same time (Superman and Captain America became Super-Soldier, Batman and Wolverine became Dark Claw, etc.). Although the universes initially separated, that didn’t stop individual companies from creating their own merged characters… such as Spider-Man and Moon Knight.
When Gamora gained the powers of the Infinity Stones in 2018, she split the entire universe in two and unwittingly created merged versions of some Avengers. Doctor Strange merged with Captain America, Thor and Iron Man became a single entity, and even Spider-Man and Moon Knight became a single character as well. Called the Arachknight, the man who was once Peter Parker was bitten by a magical spider totem after witnessing the murder of his aunt and uncle. Peter hears several voices in his head, as does the Moon Knight of Universe 616.
A special cover variant for Moon Knight #10 reveals a new design for the Arachknight, in honor of Spider-Man’s 60th anniversary (other similar homages put Spider-Man in several new roles, such as Captain America). The original design may have been too cluttered, with an imbalance between red and white to the point that readers couldn’t tell the primary and secondary color apart. Here, white is the dominant look overall, with a glowing Spider-Man symbol and the big telltale eyes for the wallcrawler.
The Arachknight will likely never be seen again outside of team issues. Marc Spector and Peter Parker are very different characters and although they meet frequently in-universe, they don’t have much in common. Still, Marvel revisits Spider Man and Moon Knight The merged form suggests the company is at least aware of the character’s small but mighty fan base.
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