Four Key Questions After The First Episodes Of Moon Knight

Yes, I am a little bit late to the party, but the fact of the matter is that Disney Plus’ new release ‘Moon Knight’ could very well be one of the more interesting Marvel projects to date.

I did not really enjoy ‘WandaVision’, and neither did I buy into the hype surrounding the Tom Hiddleston-starring show ‘Loki’ which basically drains all the charm and charisma out of the character.

 Of all the new shows, only “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and the Christmas themed “Hawkeye managed to pique my interest.

These two shows have had one crucial thing in common and that is the show-stealing cameo appearances by the duo of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Florence Pugh as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and Yelena Belova respectively.

But, that is neither here nor there.

In Moon Knight, Marvel and Disney look to have struck gold here.

On top of being hugely entertaining, the first two episodes have been groundbreaking in how they have managed to introduce supernatural elements to Marvel’s film and television.

It’s also jarring how out of their comfort zones the duo of Oscar Isaac (Marc Spector/Moon Knight/ Steven Grant) and Ethan Hawke (Arthur Harrow) appear to be but how great their performances have been so far.

The six-episodic show follows the life of average joe Steven Grant (Isaac) who on top of living a pretty ordinary life, happens to suffer from dissociative identity disorder (DID).

His average life and mental condition make him a prime candidate to become the avatar for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu.

The DID allows him to take multiple identities, one being a mild-mannered British gift-shop employee suffering from blackouts and memories of another life (Grant) and the other being Marc Spector.The latter is the actual avatar and turns into a gothic creature by the name of Moon Knight when enforcing Khonshu’s will.

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Rather than go into the nitty-gritty of the plot, I am going to address some of the key questions and talking points from the first two episodes and how they relate to the rest of the show.

I had to do some reading into the character, who happens to be very new to be.

Questions

  1. Has Moon Knight opened the door to the supernatural?

Believe it or not, Marvel has a litany of supernatural characters and these range from the more popular Dr Strange, Wanda Maximoff, Blade and Ghost Rider right to the likes of Clea, Wiccan, and Daimon Hellstorm.

However, from the list, only the likes of Stephen Strange, Wanda and Blade have been officially introduced in the MCU.

Ghost rider had a stint in Marvel’s Agents of Shield, which is loosely connected to the MCU, and Morbius is still owned by Sony.

The arrival of Moon Knight poses the interesting question of which other characters can we expect during this project and those yet to be announced.

There is even a rumour that Mahershala Ali’s Blade could even feature in a post-credit scene for the show’s finale.

  1. How does Moon Knight connect to the MCU

Now, this one is loosely connected to the first question I posed in this article, but the answers are likely to be different.

We are now into the infant stage of Marvel’s Phase Four, and, for the most part, every entry so far has been connected either through references, cameo appearances or continuation like you will see in next month’s “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”.

The Dr. Strange sequel will pick up from where last year’s mega-hit “Spiderman- No Way Home”, with the events of both films connected, referenced and feature one or two shared characters.

Now, the arrival of Moon Knight, which is Marvel’s firm introduction to the supernatural elements of the actual MCU, poses quite the dilemma.

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The violence, rating and themes are nothing like the MCU has done before.

Two episodes in, there has been no references to the blip, alien invasion, or any of the many other MCU characters.

We don’t even know what year the series takes place in, and whether or not the show is a standalone show.

Only time will tell which direction the wind blows, after all, we are just two episodes in.

  1. How far down the rabbit hole will Marvel go with this mental illness thing?

When we first meet our protagonist Steven Grant, one of the observations one makes is the lengths that this average joe goes through to avoid sleep.

He even ties himself to his bed so as to avoid sleepwalking, and wandering about the city and sometimes country.

We are even told that he sometimes loses his sense of time as days and weeks can go by while he is under a trans.

The reason behind this is that Grant suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

Now, is the DID just a plot device or are we going to see the writers delve more into Grant’s DID?

When done right, cue in 2019’s Joker, it can make for great entertainment and adds some depth to a film or television series.

  1. Who is right and who is wrong?

For the more astute of you, odds are you will have noticed that I did not go into detail about the show’s plot and storyline.

Well, it was deliberate.

So here we go.

At its core, this show is a clash between two gods with one being Knoshu (Moon God) and the other being Ammit (an Egyptian Goddess) who use Grant/ Spector and Arthur Harrow as their Avatars.

Both Spector and Harrow are imbued with powers from the respective gods, with the former turning into the titular character Moon Knight and the latter able to summon creatures from below.

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While their endgame, and that of the series, are yet to be fleshed out, what is plain to see from the onset is their philosophies.

Ammit wants to eradicate evil and her avatar Harrow goes around looking into the hearts of the masses to see if any evil exists.

If one is evil, they die.

And, if they are pure of heart then they live, even live under her protection.

Now, most people would say there is no such thing as pure of heart, but during the course of the first two episodes, we see many people who actually survive the test.

It remains to be seen whether or not Ammit is actually good or evil herself as she is yet to make an appearance.

Knoshu, on the other hand, is not a benevolent god.

Two episodes in, we learn that this god is driven by selfish needs, and forces his avatars (both past and present) into doing his bidding.

Harrow was once an avatar for Knoshu and seems to know him well and possess a very low opinion of the god.

In fact, the only character that seems to be good and pure of heart is Steven Grant, but, then again, that might be down to the audience feeling sorry for the character.

He is mentally unstable, lives an ordinary life, sees things, and talks to himself.

The writers blurring of the line between good and evil has added another layer to the show.

It’s all great entertainment.


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