According to people keeping an eye on things like this, Moon Knight (Disney+), which concluded its six-part run yesterday, is the sixth Marvel series to be produced exclusively for the Mouse House streaming service.
Many of those produced before Disney bought Marvel — all of which have now migrated to the streamer — were made for other networks, including ABC and Netflix.
but moon knight is very different from anything that has preceded it. Unfortunately, not always in a good way.
It seems to mark the point where the once-struggling comics publisher-turned-multimedia-entertainment giant decided to please people with a detailed understanding of the intricacies of the original comics (the fanboys/girls) rather than try to reach a wider audience.
I’m not suggesting you have to have it thought leader subject-specific prior knowledge of the title character to glean something moon knight. But there are times when it would help.
That’s where clever casting comes into play. One of Marvel’s smartest moves has always been to cast big-name actors in its blockbusters, who are usually associated with more serious fare.
Let’s put it this way: If you can convince Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Benedict Cumberbatch to play Iron Man, Black Widow and Doctor Strange, then you’ve probably already convinced a sizeable non-comic reader audience to get a ticket to buy .
The best reason to watch moon knight is undoubtedly its star, Oscar Isaac. Actually, he’s two of the best reasons to check it out. No wait. Do this for three reasons.
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Confused? That’s okay; that’s how he is for a while. Isaac plays a character who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), which means he gets to play multiple alters of the same man.
His true identity is Marc Spector, a former American mercenary turned earthly avatar of the Egyptian moon god Konshu (voiced by F. Murray Abraham). Spector can transform into the superhero Moon Knight.
For reasons rooted in childhood trauma and only fully explained in the finale, Marc has created another persona named Steven Grant, a gentle, nerdy Londoner who works in the British Museum’s gift shop and aspires to be a tour guide.
Since Steven also channels Khonshu – although he is long unaware of this – he can also transform into a sharply dressed variant of Moon Knight named Mr Knight.
In one of those brief post-credits scenes that are a staple of every Marvel film and television series, we learn there’s another person: Jake Lockley. From my exhaustive research (I checked Wikipedia) it seems that the Jake of the series is a very different character than the Jake of the comics and far meaner.
More often than not, however, Isaac alternates between the tough, resourceful Marc and the shy, frightened Steven, whom he plays with an amusingly whiny Frank Spencer-esque accent.
Some critics have accused Isaac of grossing out Dick Van Dyke. I personally think they are on the wrong track. Isaac is too good an actor to fall into this obvious trap. I suspect he wanted Steven to sound like what a mentally ill American would want a Londoner to sound like.
Whatever the case, he’s incredibly fun to watch. If any, moon knight works far better as a virtuoso acting performance by Isaac than as a satisfying story.
In truth, it’s an unruly and uneven jumble that jumps wildly between genres – slapstick comedy, occult fantasy, superhero romp, psychological drama – without ever really getting to grips with any of them.
It finally comes together in the finale, which pits Marc/Steven and Layla (May Calamawy) – who becomes superhero Scarlet Scarab – against villainous religious cult leader Arthur Harrow (a mighty Ethan Hawke), while Khonchu and the resurrected goddess Ammit slug it out. It’s more of a clean, coherent showdown than the usual CGI mess.
Ultimately, moon knight feels less like a standalone series and more like an expanded introduction for yet another character who is inevitably drawn into the larger Marvel Cinematic Nerdiverse.
*ALL MOON KNIGHT EPISODES ARE ON DISNEY+
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-reviews/messy-marvel-superhero-romp-moon-knight-just-about-finds-its-feet-41618275.html The chaotic Marvel superhero Moon Knight is just finding his footing