Marvel strikes gold with “Moon Knight”

Rachel Mackey, Staff Writer

For the past year, Disney+ has been producing TV shows to line up with their franchises. Marvel’s most popular shows include WandaVision and Loki; however, their newest work, Moon Knight, is their best yet.

The show details the story of Marc Spector, the avatar of the Egyptian god Khonshu, who lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), which renders him amnesic to large events in his life. DID is the splitting of the brain into two or more “alters” that have different personalities, memories, and skills, in order to prevent the body from recognizing trauma. Marc’s alter, Steven Grant, is just as clueless as the audience is, but is trying to classically save the day anyhow.

The most interesting aspect of the show is the mystery of it all. The audience doesn’t fully understand what the goal is, or why that is the goal, because Steven doesn’t either. The love interest, Layla, is the one who knows everything but because so much happens so fast, she never gets a chance to explain. Normally, this would be a huge flaw in a series, but for Moon Knight, it works perfectly, because it is immersive, and it connects the audience to Steven’s struggle.

Oscar Isaac plays the lead roles, Marc and Steven, and is remarkable at it. Frankly, it is impressive how well he can play two completely different characters with such ease, and switch between them so quickly. It’s hard to even recognize that Marc and Steven are played by the same person because they act so differently right down to the patterns of speech and body movements. It’s incredibly thought out, and Isaac’s research into DID before filming clearly aided the show.

However, one issue with the production seems to be the CGI. Some animations seem to stick out, most notably the animation of Khonshu. And yet, even this gets overlooked when shown what the budget went into. For example, in episode three, they design a gorgeous rotation of the sky and stars. As the constellations quite literally fly through time, Layla and the audience watch in awe. It’s easy to go into this show with low expectations; maybe awaiting a boring character or a convoluted plot line, but Moon Knight is not that series. If the future shows are anything like it, Marvel is in for a bright future.