Five MCU series have already appeared on Disney Plus, and the sixth starts today: You can find out how well “Moon Knight” compares to “WandaVision”, “Loki” and Co. in our review of the first four episodes of “Moon Knights”.
In “The Falcon And The Winter Soldier” buddy movie meets social drama, in “Loki” time travel fun meets intergalactic adventure and in “Hawkeye” Christmas movie meets gangster history: The live-action MCU series to date has been quite a colorful one Genre Mix and “Moon Knight” is no exception:
The new Marvel series begins as a mix of mental health character study and horror film, before returning to the original theme via Minority Report climes and Indiana Jones adventures – but now more in the vein of the grandiose “X- Men series Legion. After a strong start, head writer Jeremy Slater and his team are unable to keep the tension at the same high level over the first four (of six) episodes.
The first episode “Moon Knight” has been available on Disney+ since March 30, 2022. More episodes appear weekly.
Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) works in a London museum shop and although he knows a lot more about Egyptian mythology than his colleagues, he is mostly pushed around by them. He already has enough other problems, after all, Steven is plagued by sleep problems and memory gaps.
After he inexplicably finds himself in Germany and gets involved in a wild chase with the henchmen of cult leader Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke), the mysterious events finally catch up with him at home in London. What about the creepy bird-headed figure chasing him? How does he know the mysterious Layla (May Calamawy)? And why does she call him Marc Spector?
Lots of time for Oscar Isaac
No Marvel series without superhero action, you could experience that yourself with “WandaVision”, when the series finally culminated in a relatively generic finale after a wonderfully bizarre start. However, Slater and Co. also take their time with “Moon Knight”:
At the very end of the first episode, “Moon Knight” switches to supernatural superhero realms for the first time, but actually, the first two episodes mainly belong to Oscar Isaac and his complex performance as Steven Grant. Despite his many problems and reserved nature, Steven not only brings a great deal of knowledge with him but also a backbone, an amazing sense of humor, and a strong moral compass.
Horror film meets “Minority Report”
Then Steven is not only pursued by an Egyptian god, which makes for a series of astonishingly consistently staged horror film inserts, in which Steven flees through a gloomy corridor or a huge warehouse while the light goes out around him. Steven also has his first real confrontation with villain Arthur Harrow, whom Ethan Hawke plays as a charismatic prophet who appears to be doing a lot of good and actually just wants to help humanity.
But Steven sees through Harrow’s supposedly benevolent facade in a scene that is as clever as it is amusing: Harrow and his followers want to kill all people who are up to evil in the name of the goddess Ammit. But can you really convict someone for a crime he or she has not yet committed? Like Steven Spielberg in Minority Report, Steven Grant has a clear answer in Moon Knight.
Greetings from “Indiana Jones”.
Steven proves to be the central orientation and actual main character, even if the hard-nosed mercenary Marc Spector takes control from episode 3, with whom Steven shares a body. Although this dualism is reflected in the staging and imagery of “Moon Knight” from the very first minute (which is actually to be understood literally), it proves to be a narrative weakness.
Although “Moon Knight” develops from episode 3 in the direction of an adventure film like “Indiana Jones”, the story languishes too long while Marc and Layla search Cairo and the desert for clues.
In episode 4, however, “Moon Knight” slowly finds its way back on the right track. Directed by horror specialists Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (“Spring”, “The Endless”), who are also responsible for episode 2, the episode not only exacerbates the conflict between the various characters but also offers a strong scary scene in which Marc/Steven.