We’d like to formally welcome you to yet another Marvel-sized week in our lives. The superhero giant tends to stack its events right next to each other. Remember when Hawkeye and Spider-Man: No Way Home trolled around the Rockefeller Center tree within a day of each other? Now, for the week of May 1, Chef Feige is serving up the season finale of Moon Knight, paired with the premiere of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. (Check back here this Friday for Esquire’s coverage of Doctor Strange. Which, we promise, is worth coming back for. That’s… all we’ll say.)
For now, it’s time to break down the Moon Knight finale. Consider this a spoiler-y space from here on out.
Well, Marc Spector and Steven Grant get their happy ending(s). We think. Spector takes one long look at the afterlife and decides that he’d rather reunite and live with Steven than exist forever in peace. Admirable! Spector and Grant share a tender moment—as two Oscar Isaacses do—before resurrecting in the real world. Together, they manage to defeat Arthur Harrow (more on him later), seemingly free themselves of Khonshu’s grasp, and land back in their London flat. Good stuff. Though Moon Knight found itself lost in the metaphorical and literal desert more often than not, it was nice to see Grant and Spector, as Mr. Knight and Moon Knight, respectively, finally fight alongside each other without bickering. More of that interplay in Season Two, please.
A new challenger has entered the mind of Marc Spector: Jake Lockley. As was hinted throughout the season, Spector’s vicious identity from the comics, the cab driver Lockley, was there all along. In Moon Knight‘s mid-credits scene, we see Lockley pick up Harrow from the psychiatric hospital and toss him in an all-white limo. Khonshu’s inside, by the way, introducing Harrow to Lockley. Then? Lockley executes Harrow. If we’re being honest, the permanence of Harrow’s death probably depends on whether or not Ethan Hawke wants to return to the MCU after Moon Knight. (Considering how close he is with Isaac, we’d be willing to be he’ll come back to the party.) Regardless, if/when Isaac returns, there will be three of him! Can’t knock that.
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A Much-Needed New Hero
About midway through the finale, we get the series’s much-needed injection of non-Moon-Knight-related action. May Calamawy’s surprise transformation from Layla Abdallah El-Faouly into Scarlet Scarab—an Egyptian superhero from the comics—may very well be the Moon Knight moment that’ll keep us wanting more. Her costume design, wings and all is some of the best we’ve seen in the MCU so far, and her powers are surely far more wide-ranging than what we glimpsed in this episode. Plus, after seeing Spector/Grant bicker with crusty Khonshu for six episodes, Abdallah El-Faouly’s banter with Taweret is an absolute delight.
Arthur Harrow, Ammit, Khonshu, etc. etc…
For our money, a version of Moon Knight that dialed down the focus on Khonshu, Ammit, and the suspiciously Eternals-esque council of gods who creep on humanity from the sidelines, would’ve been a much better ride. As brilliant as Isaac was throughout his MCU debut, it’s slightly hard to follow an extremely nuanced take on dissociative identity disorder when the story is interlaced with deep cuts from Egyptian mythology. Which brings us to Harrow. As great as it was to see Egyptian mythology represented in the MCU, it never needed to arrive via expositional monologue from Harrow. At the end of Moon Knight, we see Harrow and Spector/Grant back in the psych ward, only it seems like Harrow is the one who has reality misconstrued. Again, we either just saw the fall of Harrow and Hawke’s prompt exit from stage right of the MCU, or the beginning of another chapter of his duel with Moon Knight.
Either way, we have to turn our eyes to Doctor Strange for now. Chef Feige? You know, at some point, we’d love a break, sir.
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