Moon Knight fails to live up to source material

Moon Knight starred Oscar Issac as Marc Spector and Steven Grant

Moon Knight starred Oscar Issac as Marc Spector and Steven Grant

Kyle Scheck, Staff Writer

“I can’t tell the difference between life and dreams,” said Steven Grant. On Jan. 17, Disney Plus released an unprovoked and unprompted ad for Marvel’s Moon Knight, which would be an original and exclusive series on Disney Plus.

Moon Knight first appeared in Werewolf by Night issue #32 (August 1975). In the first comic appearance, Moon Knight (Marc Spector), is portrayed to be a mercenary.  Later on in comics, Marc’s character would become tied to the Egyptian god Khonshu (the Egyptian god of the moon), known as an “avatar” (an avatar being the champion of the god in question), and would go on to steal the powers of Ironfist, Ghost Rider and Doctor Strange.

To say the least, Moon Knight is a powerhouse and that fact excited fans in terms of the upcoming series. However, I thought the series would deal with some of the unseen issues Marc Spector (played by Oscar Issac) deals with, rather than the anti-hero (hero with good morals, but malicious execution) Moon Knight. 
During the Moon Knight trailer, audiences see a character named Steven Grant (played by Oscar Isaac) who seems to battle with a sleepwalking disorder. The trailer depicts Steven as someone who can barely keep a job and struggles to keep a social life. That is until Steven discovers a phone stashed away in a secret compartment in his apartment, and upon turning it on, he finds logs of calls going back from the same caller. Soon the phone rings, prompting Steven to answer, and the audience meets Layla (May Calamawy). Layla calls out to Marc berating him for ignoring her for months. That is the first taste of the show’s expected protagonist the fans get, which takes us into the more serious topic Moon Knight covers, Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD).

The trailer ultimately reveals that Steven Grant and Marc Spector are two personalities, existing in the same body. Throughout the show, Moon Knight delves into the issues that people with undiagnosed MPD struggle with every day. Outside of mental illness, Moon Knight follows Marc and Steven’s journey of coming to terms with the consciousness of each other., as well as their fearsome battle against Harrow (played by Ethan Hawke), the avatar of Amiit (the Egyptian goddess of divine retribution), and his plot to free the imprisoned goddess.

Although Moon Knight has an intriguing plot, it falls short in the long run (literally, Moon Knight only ran for 6th episodes). Not only that, but after the series ended, all of its writers went to work on the upcoming Fantastic 4 movie, which spells doom for all hopes of a season two. Overall I’d give Moon Knight a 3.5 out of 5 stars. As well as the series performed I, as well as others, believe that it was short lived. With only six episodes to Moon Knight’s name, the series needed more. This could have included a more drawn out fight, and stretching the finale across more episodes, spanning the series to eight episodes instead of six.