Synopsis Marvel Series ‘Moon Knight’, Egyptian Mythology Exploration


Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) has trouble sleeping. The gift shop employee had been trying to call the “Staying Awake” help center.

Steven struggles to understand what is really going on in his life. How surprised the Englishman was when suddenly there was a phone call from a woman who called him Marc. The name refers to another of his characters, the mercenary Marc Spector.

Apparently, it was Steven who was another version of Marc Spector. Marc has dissociative identity disorder (DID) so he has a number of distinct personalities in his body.

Marc who is a former US marine also gets the power of the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu. He soon discovers that this power can be both a blessing and a curse to his already troubled life.

When Steven/Marc’s foes appear, they must navigate their complex identities while trying to unravel the mysteries of the gods in Egypt. As a Moon Knight, can Steven/Marc make peace with themselves?

The six-episode “Moon Knight” series airs on Disney+ Hotstar starting March 30, 2022. Apart from Isaac, the show stars Ethan Hawke, May Calamawy, and Gaspard Ulliel.

The Moon Knight character with his white costume is quite popular and is considered one of the iconic ones in Marvel Comics. This character first appeared in Werewolf by Night #32, published in August 1975.

It’s quite interesting watching actor Oscar Isaac switch from one personality to another. From the polite Steven Grant figure, Isaac voiced a different accent when “transformed” into Marc Spector the American man.

“Moon Knight” is part of the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). However, it is not yet clear how it relates to a number of other series and films in the fourth phase that Marvel has presented. It seems that it is necessary to complete the entire episode to find out the relationship.

Another thing that emerged from the series “Moon Knight” is the depiction of Egyptian mythology. Since the first episode, there are many symbols regarding the mythological and cultural aspects of the country, including in Steven’s workplace.

One of the series’ directors, Mohamed Diab, is from Egypt and has often stated that his visions show a true picture of his home country. Besides Diab, “Moon Knight” is also directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.

According to Diab, Egypt is more than just pyramids and deserts, which are mostly depicted in western films and television shows. Quoted from Gizmodo, Diab wanted to describe Egypt and its citizens in an appropriate way.

He rejects such orientalism and ensures that the depiction of Cairo in “Moon Knight” is more in line with the real world. Diab was also happy because the comic version of “Moon Knight” had described Egypt properly.

While he loves what’s in the comics, Diab is excited to bring some more Egyptian history to the show. “There’s room to play around, but keeping it as authentic as possible is in the realm of being fantastical,” he said