All six episodes of “Moon Knight” are available to stream on Disney Plus. It received positive reviews from critics, fans and streamers alike. Oscar Isaac signed a deal with Marvel Studios to reprise his role as the titular character in future projects. Speaking of which, Kevin Feige revealed a new batch of films and shows are interconnected to “The Multiverse Saga” starting from Phase 4-Phase 6 setting up “Avengers: Secret Wars.”
Today’s review contains no SPOILERS. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article.
Positive & Negative Aspects
Positive: Oscar Isaac did a fantastic job for his dual performance as Steven Grant/Marc Spector. Oscar based Steven’s quirky mannerisms on Peter Sellers.
Fun Fact: Oscar is a huge Marvel fan. He portrayed Apocalypse in the underwhelming “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Like Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans & Michael B. Jordan, Oscar is given another chance to star in a better Marvel project.
Other Cast Members such as Ethan Hawke & Maya Calamawy both did a great job for their respective performances.
F. Murray Abraham (Scarface, Amadeus) provides the voice of Khonshu.
Jeremy Slater mapped out all six episodes.
Action Sequences are pretty good.
Visual Effects are Class A quality.
Costume Design retains the titular character’s signature outfit.
Chemistry between Steven & Marc serves as the main highlight. Their partnership shapes the storyline forward.
The mini-series is influenced by “Indiana Jones,” Brendan Fraser’s “The Mummy” & Steven Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Entertainment.
A gold scarab and a staff play pivotal roles.
As each episode progresses, we get more context about Moon Knight’s origin story.
If you have a keen eye, QR Codes can be scanned. Scan the barcode and you’ll be granted a free digital comic. From now on, Disney Plus needs to put QR Codes in Marvel shows as an extra treat.
There’s no requirement to watch previous installments. Moon Knight is its own thing set in the MCU without connections to other heroes.
Negative: Cinematography often suffers from Shaky Cam.
Episode 1 – The Goldfish Problem
Float: Whenever Steven wakes up, A song known as “A Man Without Love” is used. A reference to “Groundhog Day.” Every time Bill Murray wakes up, Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” plays on his alarm clock. The former song sounds like it belongs in a Martin Scorsese film.
An intense Chase Scene ensues. What makes it silly is Deadpool’s favorite singer plays “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” in the background.
Two people bring up James Cameron’s “Avatar” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Both are unrelated. The latter was butchered by M. Night Shyamalan.
Episode 2 – Summon the Suit
Strong: Steven meets Marc’s love interest.
Steven/Marc battle a monster. Steven fighting a monster is funny as heck.
Steven gets his own version of the Moon Knight suit. Like Deadpool wearing a white version of his costume.
Moon Knight leaping across the moon is a reference to the iconic bike scene from “E.T.”
Episode 3 – The Friendly Type
Nice: Steven/Marc embark on a scavenger hunt in Egypt.
Marc’s fake surname is Estrada. An in-joke to Oscar’s real surname. His full name is Oscar Isaac Hernandez Estada.
Steven/Marc battles Harrow’s henchmen. They also solve a mystic puzzle.
This episode is dedicated to Gaspard Ulliel.
Episode 4 – The Tomb
Rich: The Final Scene made me laugh so hard. If you’ve already seen it, you probably know why. It gets Bonus Points as the best scene in the entire mini-series.
Steven/Marc & Layla enter a tomb. They’re not alone.
Marc’s favorite film is a composite of Indiana Jones & “Ghostbusters.”
One scene with the duo hiding from a monster making clicking noises, is a reference to the clickers from “The Last of Us.”
Episode 5 – Asylum
Open: Transported to the realm of the dead, Steven/Marc meet a goddess who helps them on their mission. They must find a way to get back to the real world.
Steven/Marc fight sand soldiers.
A Plot Twist changes everything.
Episode 6 – Gods and Monsters
Immortal: A fight scene pays homage to Kaiju films.
A Mid-Credits Scene possibly sets up a future installment.
Steven/Marc have an intense battle with Harrow.
The Final Verdict: A-
Moon Knight is a great mini-series worth a watch. Oscar Isaac knocked it out of the park as the titular character. If you haven’t got a chance to see it, I highly recommend all six episodes.