Moon Knight Review: Marvel Studios Gets Darker with Egyptian Mythology

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Marvel Studios introduced Norse mythology into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor. With Moon Knight, it’s bringing the Egyptian gods to our world. Oscar Isaac plays the titular character who gets his powers from the Egyptian moon god known as Khonshu. I was able to check out the first four episodes of Moon Knight, and Marvel Studios pushes the limits to give us a dark and brutal world.

Oscar Isaac is Steven Grant, a British museum gift shop employee who straps himself up at night because he’s been appearing randomly in other places with no clue to how he got there. He’s a nervous pushover who has been trying to live a normal life despite “sleepwalking” to other parts of the country. As it turns out, he has dissociative identity disorder, and his other identity, Marc Spector, took over. To make things worse, a superhero named Moon Knight also resides inside him.

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All Eyes on Oscar Isaac

Isaac is truly the star of the show, and his performances as different identities are hilarious and engaging. As Steven, he’s socially awkward but endearing. As Marc, he’s serious and focused. It’s a combination that creates some really fun moments and superhero quirks. What makes this show really different from other Marvel Studios projects is that it feels intimate with a smaller cast. It’s been a trend for Marvel Studios to pack in a lot of characters, but with Moon Knight, audiences can really dig deeper into Moon Knight.

Ethan Hawke plays Arthur Harrow, a cult leader who serves Ammit, an evil goddess. The thought of Hawke playing a villain is intriguing to me. After watching the episodes, his dialogue and performance felt bland. Then there’s May Calamawy as Layla, someone from Spector’s past who helps both Steven and Marc. She plays an adventurer who can handle herself, but she shares the same fate as Harrow in terms of being a dull character.

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Moon Knight: Final Reaction

There are other Marvel shows and films that are darker like Daredevil and Blade. With Moon Knight, Marvel Studios is pushing the boundaries of how scary and brutal things can get. Oscar Isaac is charming and wonderful as a tortured individual with DID, and the smaller cast allows audiences to really focus on his adventures. Seeing the Egyptian mythology set in the MCU is a sight to see, and Khonshu is a marvelous character opposite of Moon Knight. On the other hand, Ethan Hawke as Harrow just isn’t an interesting villain, and the story loses a bit of steam in the middle section.

Score: 3.5/5 Atoms

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