Moon Knight: Is it Worth the Hype?

The day has finally come, Moon Knight has come out exclusively on Disney Plus. If you are not as much of a Marvel fanboy as I am, you may not know the hype this show was gaining even before a trailer was released. Almost every Marvel fan I knew was excited for this one, all because of experimentation. In my opinion, recently the MCU has felt the driest and most boring it’s been in a while. Whilst cool movies like No Way Home and Multiverse of Madness are coming out, there are other projects like Eternals, What If…, FaWS, Black Widow, etc., that are ruining this franchise in my eyes. These non-experimental, boring, and dull projects are plaguing the MCU, and it was Moon Knight’s existence to maybe finally break out of this pattern.

Moon Knight promised something new to Marvel movies, something dark and resonating with adults. The MCU can have childish and goofy movies all they like, I suggest they keep doing that, but if you want to keep people attracted you need these darker characters. Stephen Grant is a character suffering from a multipersonality disorder, while his other personality, Marc Specter, is a brutal mercenary that has no problem killing. He has no control over when Marc takes control, and it ruins his life. So, he must learn to friend his inner demon to become powerful, aka Moon Knight.

Moon Knight in costume

This first episode shows the struggles of Stephen as he tries to live his normal life whilst someone else is controlling some days. He gets broken up, nearly killed, murders multiple men, all because of Marc, and he has to learn to overcome this. I think it does a good job of putting the audience in Stephen’s shoes for these events, as we never see his other personality, leaving us also in the confusion. Oscar Isacc’s portrayal of an innocent gift-shop worker who doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into is so fun and engaging, and is the strong suit of this series so far. 

This episode also gets us into the mystery of the series, some of which can lead you to be confused, but I think it is intentional. There are a lot of questions to be asked, and they might overwhelm you, but I look at them as intriguing. The only thing that worries me is if they handle all of these questions poorly. I hope all plotlines end smoothly and satisfying in a way that will leave me with a good impression. Some previous Marvel Series do not get the mystery aspect right, *cough cough WandaVision*, so I hope the writers learned from the past.

This show has a lot of potentials as the next five episodes come out, so I cannot rate it just yet. But so far, I am loving the direction of darker characters who kill, and in a show that isn’t afraid of showing blood. I love Oscar Issac in almost all roles he plays, and I will be looking forward to the rest of the series. I suggest that if you like Marvel, try this series out if you’re looking for something that breaks out from the crowd of superhero movies and shows.

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