The final episode. (Spoilers)
I watched the season finale of Moon Knight before I watched Dr. Strange, and I honestly didn’t consider much toward writing about it because Dr. Strange just had so much going on.
Moon Knight feels like a diametric opposite to many of the Disney+ Marvel shows in that it’s a series that I gradually got more excited for as the season went on. I think part of the can be attributed to the fact that I know nothing about Moon Knight as a comic book or as a character, so literally everything about the show was new to me; that being how characters exist in the comics, similar plotlines that foreshadowed how the show would end up, characters who become superheroes later on that are hinted at with names, Marc Spector’s multiple identities. I had free reign to learn about the characters as the show went on, and just enjoy it.
The finale of Moon Knight answers all the right questions while leaving other things ambiguous. The presence and nature of the asylum is an interesting question, and I had to look online to see that Layla’s character is a real Marvel character called Scarlet Scarab. We did finally get the reveal of Marc’s third personality in the form of Jake Lockley, an incredibly violent man in a cabby hat who apparently chauffeurs a limo. I’d like to think that the show has sealed Arthur Harrow’s fate, but given Spector himself is killed and then brought back from the dead Marvel always has the option should Ethan Hawke wish to return in another film or a possible season 2.
Episode 6 does feel like they realized too late that the show was over and rushed toward the ending. Even better it had some deeper character development than you usually see in Marvel fluff. It feels even better after the atrocious character development in Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Steven Grant/Marc Spector have character developments over the course of the show, with a payoff at the end as they overcome their issues and deal with real problems.
I am interested to see how Moon Knight fits into the greater MCU world, given we’ve introduced yet another pantheon of godlike creatures silently observing Earth yet never actually engaging in events up until now. The Eternals had an excuse of only fighting against Deviants, but the Egyptian gods didn’t interfere at all when Thanos wiped out half of existence. I noticed at the time that Moon Knight doesn’t reference Thanos or really any of the events of the MCU proper. That’s fine. The less times a character is introduced to a celestial god and immediately asks “where were you when Thanos destroyed existence” the better. I’m well past the point of Marvel feeling the need to perpetually amplify the stakes while also explaining how none of these beings as old as the universe and more powerful than god were in the series long before their actors were cast.
It fits with Marvel regularly introducing characters that are monumentally more powerful yet also hilariously inept and frustratingly moronic. See Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Since Endgame marked the death of Avengers titles closing out MCU phases, the individual character arcs seem to be shifting to smaller cameos and crossovers. Which is also fine. Endgame blew its load on how many MCU characters could be in a scene at once that you can’t really top that off. Having Tony Stark in a Spider-Man movie or the Guardians of the Galaxy in Thor is much more personal than simply showing a bunch of heroes doing flash stuff in a mind-melting crowd.
What’s next for Moon Knight? Who knows. The other series had clear continuations in mind from their inception; WandaVision teased Dr. Strange, Loki teased season 2, etc. Moon Knight has absolutely nothing lined up for it right now, not even a confirmed cameo in another film/series. It could go anywhere, or nowhere.