Sam is back with a sneak peek at Disney+’s latest Marvel series, The Mind-Bending Adventures of Moon Knight.
Watch the full Moon Knight review here – spoiler warning!
Today I’m watching the latest Marvel series on Disney+, Moon Knight.
The story follows Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant, a simple London museum clerk who discovers he has another personality living inside him called Marc Spector.
Marc is the avatar of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, acting on Earth as Moon Knight. Marc tries to stop Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) from freeing another Egyptian god, Ammit, and adopting his version of cleaning up the world.
Isaac plays Steven’s tragedy with so much emotion and Marc’s intensity and violence with so much brutality. Despite having the same face, Isaac makes the two personalities appear as distinctly different characters.
Their relationship has an engaging chemistry, moving from confrontation to co-dependency to brotherhood.
In the comics, Marc suffers from dissociative identity disorder as a result of childhood trauma. He uses his different personalities to navigate the different sectors of society and gather information.
Marc in the comics is now a bit more erratic and eccentric, which he isn’t in there. He’s a pretty straight guy and I would have liked to see him a little more off leash.
Overall I like that they use this character. He doesn’t fit the traditional superhero mold, partly because he’s more of an antihero, really. He’s not a super soldier or a tech-based suit, he’s a man struggling with mental illness and the Egyptian moon god.
Like the Punisher, it has tragedies and gray areas to explore that they get into around Episode 4 that blows doors off the hinges.
One criticism I have is that there is very little real time Moon Knight. I love the character study and the depth of his pain that they explore, but I also want to see Marc do things with Moon Knight.
May Calamawy plays Layla El-Faouly, Marc’s wife. She’s a wonderful addition and another strong female presence in the MCU that really has something going for it! She doesn’t just accept what the protagonist is doing, which is a welcome change from the damsel in distress.
The voice of Khonshu, F. Murray Abraham, is so good that he adds such density and gravitas to every sentence. It adds a fun dark humor with Khonshu’s pragmatism providing quite a lot of laughs in my opinion.
Hawke’s Harrow has a bit of the same motivation as Thanos, to rid the world of those who are unbalanced or evil. But you know, by murder before they even had a chance to do harm.
Despite a bit of narrative teething, Hawke delivers an eerie performance with an at times quite Shakespearean calm and calculation.
Moon Knight is often compared to Batman. The brutality of the two is something that is widely compared and there is an element of truth in that. So I kinda wanted there to be more of him.
I found there were sporadic dodgy CGI and while there was brutality to Moon Knight, there wasn’t as much as I’d like. The latest episode offers incredible melee combat similar to that of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier which is always nice during a big CGI laser fight.
Similar to the Dr Strange sequel, Marvel continues to lean into elements of horror and darkness. It gets very dark, but it gets into the guts of this character: a very damaged individual. And Isaac’s depiction of that damage is so intense and engaging to watch.
There is a lack of references to the larger Marvel Universe in which it exists. It’s both a welcome change and a bit odd. On the one hand, it’s good, fun, and fresh because the show has to stand on its own, but it’s also not the basis on which these shows and movies are made.
They have interconnectivity built into their lore, and Moon Knight is a great character, so to see him have stories with these other well-developed and portrayed characters would be great.
And let’s be honest, you don’t get a talent like Oscar Isaac for having him in a limited series. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says Moon Knight will appear in future films despite Isaac being shy in a return to the role.
I’m excited to see where he goes in the future, the potential of him interacting with the larger universe is fun. I think because he’s so different and a little gray and unbalanced he provides a good contrast to most of the heroes we’ve had so far in the main continuity
Overall, I think the show was a good introduction for the character. Isaac was the perfect choice and committed himself fully to the role. Despite late pacing issues and more, I’m super excited to see the future of one of Marvel’s most goofy characters. So full recommendation from me!
Watch the full, spoiler-laden version of Sam’s Take here: