A new alter ego is emerging – Deadline

Warning: The following review contains major spoilers from the season finale of Moon Knight “Episode 6” and also Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

There’s a Moment in the Disney+/Marvel’s Season Finale Moon Knight when the good God Khonshu (F. Murray Abraham) in the middle of their fight against the bad girl God Ammit (Sofa Danu) says, “I only punish those who have chosen evil!”.

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Obviously, Khonshu forgot to mention the innocent Disney+ viewers who got lost in what may have been Marvel’s most confusing series yet.

In this awesome multiverse thread Marvel put up between last year’s movies, such as: Spider-Man: No Way Home and TV series WandaVision and loki, the studio has gone beyond those measured, pristine orchestral movements to express Byzantine chaos in the way of storytelling. Despite the lavish production value of moon knight, its exotic locations, gripping action, and great use of standards (the finale opens with the sublime Earl Grant song “The End (of a Rainbow)”), the story was indeed a slog between alter-realities and a poor man’s dissociative identity disorder. man . Sometimes it felt like Marvel was putting its own spin on it Mr Robot, but even that was considerably smarter and more engaging.

And yes, this maze storytelling will be mocked this coming weekend Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness. While that indeed connects, of course, with WandaVision, and winks at no way home, it’s so in-and-out, and in-and-out, that you lose sight of what’s good plot-wise.

Season Finale Loki Scores Biggest Viewers for Disney+ MCU

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And through it all, where the hell is the new multiverse villain, Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror? I know, Moon Knight is not connected to the larger multiverse motif being established (at least for now). But can we get some ominous Kang cameos? Everywhere?

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(L-R): Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, Benedict Wong as Wong and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange
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Improvisation guru Del Close preached to his students to play their comedy at the height of their intelligence, but when Marvel plays for the 1% who really know who these cartoon characters are, what hope is there, Disney, of crossing these projects beyond the believers to a wider audience? Should Doctor Strange 2Opening returns are lower than expected ($160M+ domestic, $300M WW), this is only because the confusion that ensues in the sequel is not widely played. In regards to the complexity in the Disney+/Marvel series, maybe that’s part of the streamer’s algorithm: to confuse viewers so much and Easter eggs that they have to constantly rewatch episodes.

The latest example of Marvel keeping the general population of dummies in the dark is in the first epilogue of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness where a female action star emerges as a new superhero colleague of Doctor Strange (we’ll leave it up to Google to tell you who she is). While such precious shenanigans delight fanboys, how about, Marvel, we call a duck a duck, and just tell us who the hell she is and why her cameo is so important?! All it takes is a few more seconds of dialogue.

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This leads us to tonight’s grab in the coda of Moon Knight. We learn that the superhero has a third personality, in addition to Marc Spector and Steven Grant (both played by Oscar Isaac) and we find that that is Jake Lockley. Who is he? He’s a shaggy cabbie (seen here tonight behind the wheel of a Rolls Royce) whose strong connections in the criminal underworld. It’s just another personality that Moon Knight/Khonshu can draw from.

Essentially, the character’s reveal indicates that there will definitely be a second season of Moon Knight.

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From left to right: Steven Grant and Khonshu
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Essentially, Khonshu wins in the season one finale. In the epilogue, we see Ethan Hawke’s cult leader Arthur Harrow (who has been Ammit’s avatar) being punished to the asylum realm where Steven and Marc are locked up for the latter part of this season. Harrow, in a wheelchair, is wheeled by Harrow to the Rolls Royce. Harrow takes the back seat where he sits across from Khonshu. The God never had plans to take an avatar in Marc’s wife, Layla (May Calamawy), but it looks like he had Jake in his arsenal.

Earlier in the episode, Harrow unleashes the alligator goddess Ammit. Throughout the season, Harrow swings his purple stone staff, reminiscent of the destructive infinity stones we saw in Guardians of the Universe, and in color a nod to the power of Agatha Harkness. Ammit naturally wants to control Khonshu. Khonshu appears to Layla in the grave where Harrow does all his magical, funny business with Ammit. Khonshu needs an avatar, but Layla is not a game for possession.

Cut after Marc standing in the fields of the golden universe, a place where Sting would feel right at home. Hippo Tawaret (Antonia Salib) tells Marc that his other personality Steven is gone, and to enjoy his peace. Marc finds Steven frozen in the desert and thaws him. Then we see Marc resuscitated in the water, in the time realm of Cairo where Khonshu and Ammit are at war. Marc and Steven get the Moon Knight suit back, meaning there’s more hope for the world. The two negotiate with Khonshu and he agrees to release them both after they suppress Ammit. In the midst of this, Layla becomes the avatar for Tawaret, turning into a winged, Wonder Woman-esque hero who later fights Harrow alongside Moon Knight. Both Marc/Steven and Layla are no match for the powerful Harrow, and there is an extended back and forth between the trio. Harrow zaps Moon Knight with his purple wand and tells him that if Ammit reigned, the life of young Randall (Marc’s younger brother) would have been saved and his family would have been happy.

This fight results in Harrow having the upper hand as he stands atop Moon Knight, stabbing his purple staff into his chest. But then the superhero gets a blackout. Marc comes to with the staff broken in his hands and Harrow dead. Layla and Steven/Marc take Harrow’s body to a grave to weave a spell, and bind Ammit to Harrow’s body. Their chanting brings Ammit back to Harrow, who warns, “You can never restrain me, I’ll never stop”. Khonshu wants Marc to kill Harrow/Ammit, but he shows mercy. “If you want them dead, do it yourself,” Marc tells Khonshu

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There is a moment when Steven/Marc wake up in the asylum, still a patient of Harrow’s psychiatrist. But somehow the two’s psyche takes over as the episode ends with Marc/Steven waking up in his London flat; their feet still attached to the bed. All this before the events of the epilogue of the finale, as previously described, take place.

What brought the duo back to London, of course, was Marc’s emphatic command to Khonshu: “Let go of us now!”

Amen, Marc, you speak for all of us.

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