shifted the action to Egypt if episode 3 of the Series landed on . As the costumed avatar of the good moon Khonshu, Marc Spector ( ) hunts (Ethan Hawke) and his thugs attempt to free the imprisoned goddess Ammit and bring her deadly doom upon the world.
Marc teamed up with his estranged wife Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy) and negotiated with his alter ego, mild-mannered Egyptian mythology nerd Steven Grant. Steven isn’t quite the action hero Marc, but he still managed to be a neatly dressed person – the.
It’s time to put ours on SPOILER Suits as Marc, Steven, and Layla hunt down former Khonshu avatar Harrow. This show takes place after the events of.
In a visually stunning moment, the episode ends with Khonshu using Steven to temporarily restore the night sky to how it was 2,000 years ago. It allows Layla to triangulate the location of Ammit’s tomb, but this act of hubris results in the gods imprisoning Khonshu in an ushabti (an ancient Egyptian figure) in the Great Pyramid of Giza – leaving Marc powerless.
Harrow arrives to delight in his former master’s imprisoned form and confesses that his greatest sin was “dealing pain” during his tenure as the avatar of the moon god. That could be why he’s walking around with you– as a rather gross form of penance – and is the reason for his quest to free Ammit.
“I’ll do what you couldn’t,” says Harrow. “Then when it’s finished, I want you to remember one thing: your torment compelled me. I owe you my victory.”
Encounter with the gods
Before his nightly travel trick, Khonshu causesto trigger a meeting with the other gods inside the pyramid. Horus, Isis, Osiris, Defnut, and Hator are represented by their avatars, and Harrow joins them as Khonshu calls out his attempt to unleash Ammit.
We learn that Khonshu was banished for nearly exposing the gods to mankind – presumably by a dramatic, high-profile act. Khonshu blames his fellow gods for abandoning humanity to live in the “Opulence of the Overvoid”, but the gods argue that they chose to work only through their avatars because humanity abandoned them. This likely refers to the departure from ancient Egyptian religion as Christianity and other belief systems took hold.
“We decided long ago that we didn’t want to interfere in the affairs of humans,” says Osiris through his avatar.
The meeting ends in total disaster after Harrow convinces the gods that Khonshu is taking advantage of Marc’s insanity (dissociative identity disorder) and cannot be trusted.
Layla and Marc’s search leads them to the rather offbeat art collector (and likely thief) Anton Mogart (played by the late Gaspard Ulliel, who unfortunately).
In the comics, Mogart is an art thief who goes by the name of Midnight Man because all of his thefts happen at midnight. That seems a bit obsessive and a good way for the authorities to catch him, but I’m always on board with a solid villain theme and it’s an excellent one. He also has a super cool name.
It doesn’t seem like its MCU counterpart lived exactly that kind of life, but maybe in the past. We may never know, as it appears he was killed by one of Moon Knight’s deadly Crescent Arrows, and Marvel is unlikely to be recast after Ulliel’s death. After all, the character looked sharp and engaged in a visually stunning action sequence.
Marc has an epic knife fight with three guys where he shows off his skills without a suit. He is interrupted by a merciful Steven, who lets her go and forces Marc to run her over later. (Steven also interrupts the fight with Mogart’s goons.)
Marc is knocked unconscious after Steven distracts him during the second confrontation and wakes up to find all but one of the boys fatally stabbed. Marc wasn’t the one who stabbed, and it certainly wasn’t Steven.
“Who was it then?” asks Marc.
It is possible that a third, unseen personality committed the crime. In the comics, one of Marc’s most prominent personalities is cab driver Jake Lockley, whose specialty is gathering information on the street.
Observations, Easter eggs and WTF questions
- Oscar Isaac was a pleasure to watch on this show, but it’s especially enjoyable in the moments when Khonshu speaks to the other gods in the audience directly through him.
- This episode establishes Steven as the brains of the operation and Marc as the brawn.
- The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the pyramids near the Egyptian capital of Cairo. It is also the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one still intact.
- The gods’ decision to stay out of human affairs mirrors the decision of . I think it’s a common occurrence in the MCU. I wonder what they thought of Thanos?
- What happens to the gods when Ammit is freed?
- It might just be Oscar Isaac’s presence, but the treasure hunt feels a bit like the one in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and kind of slows down the show.
- Layla and Mogart’s final encounter took place in Madripoor, a lawless island in the Indonesian archipelago. It’s been a staple of comics for years, and in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier last year.
- It’s looking increasingly likely that Layla is the MCU version of Marlene Alraune, Marc’s wife and occasional partner in Moon Knight’s vigilante activities. Like Marlene, Layla’s father was murdered and Harrow is implying that .
Join us for more Easter eggs and observationswhen Episode 4 of Moon Knight hits Disney Plus.
CNET’s Richard Knightwell contributed to this report.
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