Spoiler alert: This article is for people watching Moon Knight on Disney+. Don’t read unless you’ve seen episodes one through four.
Given my role here as the writer of this moon knight In short, I know I’m supposed to be the one to offer information, explain plot development, look for clues, and come up with weird theories, so I understand that it’s not that helpful when I start by asking, “What the hell was it all about?” ?
But really, what the hell was that all about? I was happily watching Oscar Isaac play second fiddle to May Calamawy on her own show and thinking about how, even though the series wasn’t going in the direction I thought, I was still enjoying it a lot. It seems like a long time ago that we saw Moon Knight fighting hellhounds in the streets of London, or Moon Knight now that I think about it, but the Tomb Raider/Uncharted adaptation of the first 35 minutes of this episode was a blast, and certainly better than The actual adaptation of Tom Holland’s Uncharted. And then BAM. Just as I didn’t see Marc’s bullets coming into his chest, I also didn’t expect things to be like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
They were all there, in the “psychiatric hospital”, and I’m using quotes because I don’t think it’s really a hospital… Bek the henchman, Crawley the living statue without his makeup, bothering Donna and fake cops Billy and Bobbi. The whole gang. Then Harrow appeared as the doctor. Fortunately, Marc smelled a rat, even in his heavily sedated state, and saw too many details in the room for it to be a coincidence: the staff, the Egyptian artifacts, the drawing of Khonshu, the repeated phrase about not being able to help him. , those hideous sandals, and he lunged at her. At this point, the hospital being a construction, a trick played by Harrow, seemed safe. When Marc broke that window, he expected the desert to be on the other side of the door, remembering the scene in The First Avenger when Captain America realized he wasn’t in the 1940s and escaped to modern-day New York. . But no, the illusion, if it is an illusion, is deeper than that.
This episode, The Tomb, asked more questions than it answered. How can Marc and Steven meet when they share a body? How can Taweret, the Egyptian goddess most closely associated with fertility, childbirth, and rejuvenation, be there? Judging by the hippo’s cheery greeting, he’s happy to see Marc and Steven, and possibly even has seen them before, or knows who they are, but, given the way the episode went black with them screaming, they were so confused like us. viewers
Of course, it could be that everything we’ve seen in the three and a bit episodes leading up to this point happened only in Marc’s head, but that seems the least likely explanation.
Before all of this, we’re getting closer to the truth about Layla’s father, though there’s still more to come on that front. We know that Abdullah was an “archaeologist on a mission”, and he was working with a team in the desert when Marc’s partner got greedy and killed them all. All plausible, but who was Marc’s bloodthirsty partner? Will he be someone else? And if that’s the case, I don’t think he’s a character we’ve already met. Most likely, he is the third manic personality, so far hinted at, that we could have glimpsed in Cairo in episode three.
Overall I thought it was the strongest episode of the series so far. The danger of presenting a character like Moon Knight, with no obvious ties to the UCM, is that it feels uprooted, given that one of the biggest draws of Marvel movies and TV shows is connectivity. Now, four episodes, while we’re still drifting, but we’ve learned enough about Marc, Steven, Layla, and Harrow to feel involved.
I didn’t miss Moon Knight or Khonshu in this episode, though I might start asking questions if his absence continues. With two episodes to go, I’m still not sure what the end point will be, but I’ll stick around to find out, and not just because I’m writing these summaries and it’s my job to do so.
Notes and observations
The actor who played Dr. Steven Grant in Tomb Busters was Joseph Millson, best known for his long stints on Peak Practice and Holby City. He was also Alan Jackson in The Adventures of Sarah Jane.
Jeff Lemire’s 2016 Moon Knight comic had a story where Marc woke up in a mental hospital only to be told that he had been there for years and was not Moon Knight. It was later revealed that the hospital was fake and that Ammit, in disguise, was one of Marc’s doctors. Could that be what’s going on here?
Who or what was in the third hospital sarcophagus?
Taweret has never before appeared in any Moon Knight or Marvel property, so this is his debut in all formats.
The scene where Layla and Harrow talk about their father was written because Calamawy and Ethan Hawke wanted to spend more time together on screen. Apparently, Hawke left after shooting one day and had the entire conversation planned for the next morning.
The location of the tomb of Alexander the Great is an enduring mystery, with more than 140 official attempts to find it. In 2021, Egyptian officials claimed that he had found it in Siwa, near the border with Libya.
That you thought? Is the institution in Marc’s head or is it a trick by Harrow? Will Khonshu be freed and give Marc his powers back? Give us your feedback below…