Get ready: Marvel’s about to go full moon with the long-awaited arrival of nocturnal vigilante Moon Knight – a hero with multiple personas, a link to an Ancient Egyptian deity, and a casual attitude to bone-crunching brutality. It’s a wild, risky leap for the MCU, and Empire’s latest issue takes a deep dive into what’s the Oscar Isaac-starring series has in store ahead of its Disney+ debut.
The issue hits newsstands on Thursday 17 February – and can be pre-ordered online here – but before it arrives, take a sneak preview inside here.
An obscure comic book source. A complex character study. A serious supernatural twist. Moon Knight is ready to bring some new blood (literally) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and in Empire’s world-exclusive cover feature, we speak to stars Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy, plus writer Jeremy Slater, director Mohamed Diab and Marvel boss Kevin Feige about how they’ve brought him to the screen.
Last year, the beloved star of Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad and Nobody was rushed to hospital with a heart attack – and now, he’s back and fighting fit. In a major new interview, Empire calls Saul himself to talk the final season of the acclaimed series, his desire to make a Nobody sequel, and how he’s faring after his health scare.
Michael Bay has been blowing shit up on screen like nobody else for years – and with his latest actioner Ambulance, he’s still at peak powers. From shoot-offs, to car chases, to explosions and fist-fights, the master of mayhem gives Empire a complete action crash-course.
In The Suicide Squad, James Gunn and John Cena introduced us to an action-figure-looking anti-hero who loves peace so much, he’d kill anyone to achieve it. Now, he’s back in his own show – lifting the lid on the shiny metal toilet-seat helmet to explore the man underneath. The writer-director and star talk Empire through the rehabilitation of the reprehensible renegade.
The director of Tangerine and The Florida Project, Sean Baker, is back with another all-American character study, telling the story of scheming Texan sleazebag Mikey. Empire speaks to Baker and stars Simon Rex and Suzanna Son about a film whose central character frustrates and fascinates in equal measure.
The one-man army who rampaged through Hollywood in the ‘60s and ’70s changed the face of on-screen macho masculinity. Empire revisits his on-screen legacy, from Death Wish to Hard Times – and the archetypes he embodied that continue in Hollywood today.
Gods Among Us: Cate Blanchett
From her ethereal turns in Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies, to her chameleonic transformations in I’m Not There and Manifesto, to her captivating performances in Carol, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Elizabeth, Empire celebrates the astonishing career of the unstoppable Cate Blanchett.
Louella Parsons & Hedda Hopper
In the Golden Age of Hollywood, two gossip columnists chronicled the most scandalous stories in town – reporting on the hidden secrets of movie stars, studios, and each other. Empire digs into their bitter rivalry that raged as they sought out the hottest scoops in Tinseltown.
In this month’s home entertainment section, we dig deep into Dune with Denis Villeneuve, revisit David Lynch classic The Elephant Man, talk Annette’s greatest songs with Sparks, rank the output of Alan Partridge, talk the slimy secrets of Ghostbusters: Afterlife with Jason Reitman, discover the magic powers of Encanto with directors Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Charise Castro-Smith, and much more.
Our action-packed news section takes a brand new look at Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, meets Pixar’s newest hero, dives into another multiverse with Everything Everywhere All At Once, takes a first look at The Sandman, catches up with Zoe Saldana, talks guts with Dave Grohl, bids farewell to Sidney Poitier, and much more.
Reviews in this issue include Sean Baker’s Red Rocket, Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava, Roger Michell’s The Duke, the return of Johnny Knoxville and co in Jackass Forever, Kenneth Branagh’s Death On The Nile, and plenty more.
On sale Thursday 17 February. Order a copy online here.