Marc Spector just had a long conversation with his other selves, and in the process he revealed the true reason Moon Knight always wears white.
The following contains major spoilers for Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood #2, available now from Marvel.
Over Marc Spector’s nearly fifty year long career in the Marvel Universe, he has battled all kinds of villains and demons as Moon Knight, not the least of which reside deep within his own mind. Despite the obstacles that have stood in his way, Marc has faced each one of them head on. Unfortunately, the hero’s usual way of doing so has left behind a long list of people Moon Knight has hurt, whether he meant to or not. In fact, that just so happens to be the real reason behind his striking, iconic look.
“A Hard Day’s Knight” (by David Pepose, Leonardo Romera, Chris Sotomayor, and VC’s Cory Petit, from the pages of Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood #2) found Marc enjoying a moment of peace and quiet in a diner booth shared with visages of his various selves and patron god Khonshu. As the conversation continued the quartet share the stories of their additions to their white suit’s blood stains. Jake Lockley, Steven Grant, and Khonshu all tell tales of stopping various villains, but Marc’s takes a darker turn. It seems that the wounds he suffered while in control were entirely self-inflicted, and all for the sake of remembering those he has unwittingly forced upon others.
In a somber moment of clarity, Marc began listing off the names of the people he has hurt over the course of his super heroic crusade. Friends, family, allies, and even lovers have all been harmed or killed at Marc Spector’s hand, or those of his most malicious enemies. Of course, it doesn’t actually matter who brought harm to his loved ones, at least not as far as Marc is concerned. In his mind, the only thing to consider is what role he had to play in their downfall, and how much hurt he needs to put himself through in order to make up for it.
Marc doesn’t just treat his scars as reminders of what he has done, but the very blood on his suit serves to do the exact same. He even quite plainly described that as the exact reason he wears white in the first place. Rather than his old adage of wanting his enemies to see him coming, Marc has been using his suit to inflict further emotional and psychological harm on himself, to become even more driven. Or, at the very least, more cognizant of the consequences of his lifestyle.
While Marc’s other personalities have long signified aspects of Moon Knight or himself, the man at the center of it all has always been consumed by guilt, shame, and a sense of self-loathing. Steven and Jake have found their own footings over the years, yet that painful, ever present nagging in the back of Marc’s mind has never been shaken. If anything, it has been exacerbated, primarily by Khonshu, which further pushed Marc into silent anguish. Seeking out a way to physically identify that pain, even if in gruesome fashion, speaks to just how deeply engrained in it Marc truly is.
On the other hand, Marc has made impossible strides in the years since this particular story takes place, especially in regard to how he sees himself. He may still be wearing white on white, and hasn’t grown much less accepting of his own painful past, but Marc has genuinely become a better version of himself. Considering the agonizing road it took to get there, it only makes sense that Moon Knight would want to be able to see every bloody step of it painted on his fists, no matter how gut-wrenching that thought might be.
John Dodge has been an avid consumer of comic books and nerd culture for as long as he can remember. An expert on competitive gaming and obscure kids shows from the 80’s and 90’s, John has far too many opinions about Beetleborgs for someone in their thirties. You can find him occasionally discussing them over on Twitter at @JohnJDodge.