We were fortunate enough to be sent the first four episodes of Disney+’s latest Marvel show, Moon Knight. Overall, this is merely a first impression of what was viewed and 100% spoiler-free. Marvel fans, you are in for a wild ride with a series giving off Indiana Jones vibes. This is a genuinely action-packed new saga as we enter the “Supernatural” phase of the MCU.
Oscar Issac and Ethan Hawke kill it in their respective roles as Steven Grant/Marc Spector (Moon Knight) and Arthur Harrow. Having not read the comics, I feel like the series is an excellent introduction to the character and the lore behind his origins. Marvel gives us a taste without revealing too much and making you want to binge-watch the entire series. I honestly couldn’t take my eyes off the screen, not wanting to miss a moment.
For those who aren’t familiar, here is the official synopsis of the show, which debuts on March 30th:
When Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life, he discovers dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt.
There was so much to take in, and I had to rewind a few times to make sure I understood things correctly. While this can be distracting for some, it does not take away from the overall feel of the show, especially in the first episode (which you can check out now on Disney+). The series also has a killer soundtrack, and while some may have said this is MCU’s Batman, I assure you it’s not. Those familiar with the character will also tell you that.
Comparisons to Indiana Jones come easily when discussing the action and travel to far and exotic places. If you love ancient history, you will love this series. It’s honestly in its own category compared to other Marvel Disney+ shows. It will probably go down as one of the best, next to Loki and WandaVision. Every episode plays out like a full-length feature film, and the cinematography is spot-on.
Even though the series is a mere six episodes, a lot is packed into each episode, with run times of about 50 minutes each. In a recent interview, Oscar Issacs hinted that for the future of his character, he would like to team up with the Midnight Suns, not the Avengers. Rumors have been swirling for a while, especially since the post-credit scene from Eternals featuring the voice of Blade and a tease at Black Knight, that this team is coming.
Episode 1 which is titled “The Goldish Problem”, gives us a really good intro into one of Moon Knight’s identities Steven Grant. It plays out like a mystery/thriller with some horror aspects. It’s more of a jump-scare aspect than straight-on horror. We learn a lot in just one episode so far and it really sets us up nicely for the series going forward. After the first two episodes, things really start to pick up and by episode 3, things have gotten really serious. Without spoiling episode four, all I can really say is get ready and die-hard comic book fans will enjoy it.
I honestly can not wait till the rest of the series is released because Marvel fans will be glued to their screens as the series plays out. The historical aspect relating to Egyptian Gods and Egyptian Mythology is also interesting as well.
This new supernatural phase is a welcome sight for the MCU as we head into the next big blockbuster film, Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness. Dealing with Ancient Gods, Witches, and other elements related to that genre have already been introduced but are now being expanded upon. Don’t forget that WandaVision’s Agatha Harkness is getting her own show too.
Moon Knight is set to be a one-off series but don’t count him out yet. He may not appear in Multiverse of Madness, but don’t be surprised if we get post-credit scenes or hints about him coming back. However this series plays out over the next six weeks; you can be sure we here at Flixist will be keeping a close eye on every episode. For those who have doubts, do yourself a favor and watch this show; you will be sorry otherwise.
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