Today, we share our first impressions of Marvel’s Moon Knight on Disney+.
Moon Knight is a hero making his live action MCU debut to the public this week. We previewed several episodes of the new Disney+ series. But what did we think of the ”Fist of Khonshu” in the new Marvel show? Keep reading our non-spoiler review to see what we thought of Moon Knight!
Moon Knight: A Different Kind of Hero
Let’s start with a series and cast introduction:
The series follows Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has 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.
“Moon Knight” stars Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy. Mohamed Diab and the team of Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead directed the episodes. Jeremy Slater is the head writer, and Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Mohamed Diab, Jeremy Slater and Oscar Isaac are the executive producers. Grant Curtis, Trevor Waterson and Rebecca Kirsch serve as co-executive producers.
We had the opportunity to watch the first four episodes of Moon Knight. The story is taking MCU fans into a new type of adventure. In fact, there’s no attachment to the current MCU storylines, so the series focuses on the development of Oscar Issac’s character in a solo adventure. It’s a mystery story filled with suspense and supernatural elements.
Our hero is an avatar of vengeance who protects travelers at night. His code is in alignment with Egyptian mythology since he obeys Khonshu. Khonshu is a ruthless Egyptian god Khonshu who manipulates Steven/Marc to do his bidding and issues a harsh form of justice. If I had to make a comparison to a well-known franchise, I’d say the darker tones and supernatural elements are similar to what viewers have seen in Indiana Jones and Mummy franchises.
The globe-trotting adventure, characters, and story got us hooked so far. But, we will be fair to audiences. It’s understandable if some viewers feel lost after watching the first episode. There’s a lot to unpack and think about after watching the first episode of Moon Knight. We can’t delve into specific story details, but we promise the story will make things more clear to viewers as you advance through the series. Remember, it is partly a mystery story, so you’ll need to watch as Steven Grant tries to find answers to his strange personal journey.
Related: Moon Knight has ’No Attachment’ to Current Marvel Universe storylines
I will to take a break to confess I’m quite familiar with Moon Knight’s comic book history. I’ve read nearly every issue since his introduction. In fact, the character first appeared in the pages of Marvel Comics in 1975, in Werewolf by Night #32, and his comic book exploits continue to this very day.
I mention this because I wish to convey how the show goes into a totally new direction with the character. They maintain the core elements and spirit of the Marvel hero, but take viewers into uncharted territory. So, I’d say comic book fans should expect a very different version of the hero.
Personally, I felt satisfied in how they did the character justice. I understand Moon Knight must have been a difficult character to translate into live action because there has never been a definitive comic book version of the character. Moon Knight has had so many radically different iterations that the writing staff had the freedom to cherry pick their favorite elements from all the various runs. I wont’t give the specifics here, but I did note what details they chose for the series. Furthermore, I did notice several easter eggs and references to his prior comic adventures throughout the episodes.
Overall, I am pleased with the outcome and will eagerly wait to see how the rest of the series unfolds! It’s an engaging story and the cast is wonderful.
Also, Disneyland Resort guests are in for a real treat at Avengers Campus. Moon Knight is now making appearances at Disney California Adventure theme park!
Do you plan on watching Moon Knight this weekend? Let us know what you think of the Marvel Disney+ series!
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