This is a general review of the first four episodes of Moon Knight. For a more in-depth review, be sure to check out Maxance’s weekly reviews starting with Episode 1 here!
This is a non-spoiler review!
In the series, we follow Marc Spector, a mercenary who is the avatar for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, granting him superhuman abilities when he dons the ceremonial armour from Khonshu’s temple. However, there is a little problem, Spector suffers from DID (dissociative identity disorder), and at times his personality is replaced by that of Steven Grant, a mild-mannered British museum gift-shop employee. And with Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke), a religious cult leader associated with the god Ammit, closely following Spector’s every move, Spector’s world is growing ever more complicated.
The Best Disney+ Marvel Series
I had the pleasure of watching four of the six episodes in this limited series, and it’s safe to say that I enjoyed every single one. Unlike previous Marvel series on Disney+, where it took some time for the action and plot to kick in fully, Moon Knight is an exhilarating adventure from the very start.
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Oscar Isaac has left his X-Wing in a galaxy far, far away and has stepped into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Marc Spector, a.k.a Moon Knight. This is Marvel’s first entry in their now long-running franchise that directly deals with the supernatural, and bloody hell, have they done a fantastic job!
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Moon Knight is undoubtedly the best Marvel series to grace Disney+ since WandaVision, except I enjoyed it much more. If you thought WandaVision opened the door for new possibilities, wait until you see what is introduced in Moon Knight. They’ve presented a new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that we’ve only seen in the comics and animated series, with an exciting opportunity to introduce even more supernatural characters and potentially cross-overs with other Gods.
If I were to compare Moon Knight to any other live-action Marvel series, it would be Daredevil. While it’s not as brutal or violent, Moon Knight has a similar street-level feel that Daredevil tackled brilliantly.
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Another similarity is how closed-off Moon Knight is from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it could easily be a separate show set in its own universe or an alternate version of the MCU. Rest assured, this is very much set in the same universe as The Avengers, but it is incredibly refreshing to have a piece of the universe that is somewhat disconnected from the rest of the madness.
It’s The Oscar Isaac Show!
As you would expect, Oscar Isaac is so good in this series that I would even say he gives one of the best performances we’ve seen in the MCU. He has created not one but two of the best characters in the franchise with Marc Spector and Steven Grant, and make no mistake, they are two distinguishable characters with their own personalities, mannerisms, and speech patterns. You certainly will not be confused between the two.
Ethan Hawke’s Arthur Harrow is the soft-spoken and meticulous villain we’ve seen many times before, but Harrow seems to be a role that Hawke was born to play. While we’ve seen better performances from him in the past, Hawke still manages to create an interesting villain that will make you wonder what he’s really up to.
I Cannot Wait For More!
As you may know, we have Michael Giacchino’s Werewolf By Night and Bassam Tariq’s Blade on the way, and Moon Knight serves as a brilliant introduction to Marvel’s journey into the supernatural. So much so that I wouldn’t be surprised if Oscar Isaac reprises his role in one or both projects – and I sincerely hope he does!
I can’t recommend Moon Knight enough! It’s action-packed with a wonderful story, great visual effects, and humour that always lands, even if it’s only sprinkled here and there.
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