Who is Midnight Man in Moon Knight, the late Gaspard Ulliel's character?

Eve Edwards January 19, 2022
Who is Midnight Man in Moon Knight, the late Gaspard Ulliel's character?

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As news of Gaspard Ulliel’s death is announced, Marvel fans are mourning the loss of their new Midnight Man.

On 19 January 2022, it was announced that French actor Gaspard Ulliel had passed away after a skiing accident. He was just 37 years old.

While Ulliel was known for portraying the young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising and Yves Saint Laurent in the biopic Saint Laurent, he was set to become a Marvel star with the upcoming release of Moon Knight. News of his death broke just one day after the trailer for Moon Knight was released.

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Who does Gaspard Ulliel play in Moon Knight?

Gaspard Ulliel is credited as Anton Mogart in the cast list for Moon Knight, an upcoming Marvel series on Disney+. The series is set to air on the streaming platform from 30 March 2022.

Any Marvel fan will recognise the name Anton Mogart and know that it is the real name of Midnight Man, an international art and jewels thief.

He stars in the series opposite Oscar Isaac who takes on the titular character, Moon Knight. Also featured in the cast is Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow.

Midnight Man’s role in Moon Knight explored

Any good superhero needs a rival, but in the case of Moon Knight, it gets a little complicated. Marc Spector is behind Moon Knight, a former mercenary-turned-vigilante who enacts justice to protect those who travel at night. He also suffers from dissociative identity disorder, a character point which takes centre stage in the first Moon Knight trailer.

According to a Marvel fandom website, Midnight Man first appears in Moon Knight #3 (October, 1981). He comes into contact with Moon Knight while trying to steal a rare Monet oil painting.

While we didn’t get a glimpse of Midnight Man in the trailer for Moon Knight, it is confirmed that he will star as the foe of the titular Moon Knight. Not only is he confirmed in the cast list, but the trailer shows Marc Spector headed to an art gallery, suggesting the art thief plot line is around the corner.

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Marvel fans pay tribute to Gaspard Ulliel

The release of the Moon Knight trailer followed by the announcement of Gaspard Ulliel’s death in succession has shocked Marvel fans around the world. Many have taken to Twitter to share their condolences.

One Marvel fan tweeted in response to his death that it is “a sad time for fans looking forward to his role in Moon Knight.”

Another tweeted that although Midnight Man’s involvement in the series is still to be confirmed, they will watch it to “honour Gaspard Ulliel.”

Marvel have yet to comment on the late actor’s passing, although the fandom have offered their condolences on social media.

Our thoughts are with Gaspard Ulliel’s friends and family during this difficult time.

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