Review: Everything Good About Marvel’s ‘Moon Knight’


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Simone Chery, OwlFeed Lifestyle Reporter

With a mind of chaos, the new Marvel anti-hero Moon Knight has left the minds of the fans just as chaotic as the show gains a lot of love. 

Premiered on March 30, 2022, ‘Moon Knight’ has done a lot in the past few episodes with the main characters Steven Grant, Marc Spector, and Khonshu helping drive new representation in films and Disney such as the mental health condition, DID, and Egyptian culture. The show in itself is just amazing.

The first episode reveals to the audience that Steven Grant isn’t a typical hard-working insomniac. Random blackouts, waking up drenched in blood, bizarre nightmares, and witnessing creatures only he can see, the viewers figure out the multiple personalities before Steven does.

In the second episode, outbursts from the alter Steven, the main alter Marc, and Khnoshu, the Egyptian God, guided him to understand that there was something different about his life. To be clear, from Sane Australia’s article, DID is a “complex psychological condition where a person experiences two or more distinct identities called ‘alters,’” in response to severe trauma where they may exhibit differences in attitudes, genders, mannerisms, speech, and more. The main alter is as it sounds, the most prominent alter, usually the original individual before the condition was triggered, but this isn’t always the case with real people that have DID.

Dissociative identity disorder, DID, was shown accurately in some senses here with Moon Knight’s experience. An article detailing the science behind the condition explained, “Gaps in time and the associated memory loss is a big part of Spector/Grant’s character and is a common symptom among those living with DID,” Syfy Wire said. ”We certainly see that in ‘Moon Knight.’ Grant fades into the background, giving control to Spector when things get too hot to handle. When he comes back, he has no recollection of what occurred while he was away, aside from any evidence left on his person or his surroundings.”

The representation of DID is significant to the watchers who also have this condition. The accuracy of it is one of the most important pieces of actually putting it into the show.

The other side of this is the vicious tendencies of the altar Khonshu, which sheds a sort of bad light on individuals with DID. The same article goes in-depth on the frequent portrayal of dangerous alters in movies/shows.

“It’s a trope we’ve seen time and time again from movies like Psycho, Identity, and Split,” Syfy Wire said. “Hollywood has a storied history of casting people living with DID as dangerous villains, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Studies show that those with DID are no more likely to be violent than anyone else and, in fact, are more likely to be victimized themselves. People with DID aren’t villains and they aren’t violent.”

Despite the inaccurate portions of it, Oscar Isaac himself in Variety’s article recognized that the disorder in the show isn’t fully represented accurately and as it is a show, everything including DID is dramatized.

Alongside the mental health representation, there has been a lot of positive feedback from the Egyptian community, as the depiction of music, scenery, culture, and more have been accurately and nicely done on film.

All over TikTok and Twitter, the sheer excitement of hearing true Egyptian music in the outros and authentic Egyptian directors and culture reveals positive feedback to the show’s depictions. 

In an interview on Variety, Director Mohamed Diab explains his experiences with comic-book superheroes. When he heard about ‘Moon Knight’s’ green light to be on Disney+, he believed it to be the perfect opportunity to tie his Egyptian heritage with his talent behind the big screen. He believed the accuracy of it all was crucial, as this show would be “Marvel’s first title set in the Arab world,” according to Variety.

“One of the most important things was how to depict Egypt, the present and the past, in an authentic way,” Diab said. “Egyptians see that Hollywood always sees them in an Orientalist way. We’re always exotic. Women are submissive. Men are bad. It was very important for me to break that.”

Diab pushed for Egyptian actors, shooting in Cairo to integrate significant ancient landmarks in the show, showing sequences of the city which surrounds the Egyptian pyramids because Egypt is more than just the sands and famous ancient structures, and wanting to tell the best story he can in order to hopefully “open more doors for minorities around the world,” he said in Variety’s article.

All in all, the show itself is extremely entertaining, the plot is captivating, and the cinematography is beautiful along with the casting. The show is action-packed, adventurous, comedic, and even romantic, helping push the episodes to become better and better on Disney+ every Wednesday at 3:01 a.m. ET / 12:01 a.m. PT. 

All the ‘Moon Knight’ fans are excited for what’s to come.