‘Moon Knight‘ is a television show based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe released on Disney Plus. The first season has six episodes and is based on the comic book hero created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin. He first appeared in a 1975 issue of Werewolf By Night from Marvel Comics.
Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) works at a museum in England and is just living daily life. However, he has bizarre blackouts where he hears the voice of a being claiming to be the Egyptian deity Khonshu (F. Murray Abraham) claiming he is the Moon Knight. When he encounters a cult leader named Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) and it is revealed that Steven Grant has multiple personalities and one is Marc Spector, the husband of Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy) and the avatar of Khonshu. They must stop Harrow before he unleashes the evil being known as Ammit (Saba Mubarak) who will leave the world in darkness. Marc and Steven must work together to stop the cult before it is too late.
In an interview, I said that the show is not woke and I stand by that statement. Now, I am no expert on Moon Knight as I am only familiar with his appearances in Spider-Man, Avengers, and other heroes, but from those appearances, I feel like they did a decent adaption. I do think they should have made Layla her own character instead of combining her with the Scarlet Scarab, but more on that later.
I want to applaud the cast. Isaac, Hawke, Abraham, Calamawy, and the rest of the cast all did a decent job with their roles. Isaac did a good job differentiating Steven and Marc which was pretty cool. They both did a good job in their respective identities as Moon Knight and Mr. Knight, respectively.
The show has a darker tone than a lot of MCU shows and films, which definitely makes it stand out. I felt like they did a good job of weaving Steven and Marc together, bringing their arc to fruition. I also liked Layla’s character. They established her skill early on and did not turn her into a Mary Sue. That was nice for a change.
Moon Knight was a nice change of pace for Marvel Studios. Was it perfect? Far from it, but I think it was a good show with lots of entertainment value and a compelling plot.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language, Brutal violence, Rude humor, Discussion of mental health
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