Review: ‘Moon Knight’ premieres intriguing new spin for Marvel’s formula

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Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) launch of original shows to Disney Plus, none of them seem to have new characters as protagonists. Series like “Loki” or “WandaVison” have had their protagonist as recurring characters that had previous introductions in movies. The MCU’s newest project, “Moon Knight,” finally giving audiences a new introduction to a not so well known character. “Moon Knight” follows Steven Grant (Oscar Isaacs) as he suffers from dissociative identity disorder and tries to connect with the world, but one of his identities might be an Egyptian moon god that grants him powers.

Nothing gives more deja vu than the MCU’s formula. Obviously similar elements have to be repeated in order for all the films to stay consistent. Even if most films seem like formulaic commercials, they have interesting character writing behind them. Since “Moon Knight” has only released a pilot episode to the public, much can’t be said still besides that it looks promising.

First off, Steven Grant is such an interesting character who’s appropriately adapted to the screen and perfectly acted by Oscar Isaacs. His British accent, while it may seem odd for him to have at first, grows on the audience throughout the course of the episode. Isaacs pulls off a believable disorder that quickly makes the common viewer root for him. His physical acting can be said to be inspired by such films as “Evil Dead 2” or even “Venom,” and as of now, it seems to be used comedically well. Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow gives an eerie performance as a cult leader. His introduction is the first thing viewers see on screen and it’s fascinating for his character to be so dark and creepy.

“The Moon Knight” suit is clearly inspired by Egyptian history as it mimics the appearance of a mummy which fits more appropriately for a character of his mythology. At the end, when it’s revealed, the build up to it is satisfying to watch which adds more to the anticipation of future episodes.

It may be too soon to say, but for the most part, the show looks to have a gritty direction. More blood is shown and more grotesque deaths are implied but are obviously held back because after all it’s still a TV-14 show. For many, this might mean it’s taking a darkish approach like Marvel’s Netflix shows such as “Daredevil“ or “Jessica Jones.”

Since most Marvel projects take place in North America, it’s refreshing to see “Moon Knight” take place in London. A change of location was needed for its derivative formula. Also with that being said, the show seems to have a very plot-driven story that’s not solely depending on an actor’s charisma.

Another observation is the fact that its CGI isn’t good for the most parts. Luckily, it’s used a lot during sequences that take place at night which makes it easier to hide its flaws.

As of now, “Moon Knight’s” premiere episode “The Goldfish Problem,” gets a 7/10, but with the little audiences that have been shown, there’s still much to unravel. Viewers are getting excited and staying tuned for new episodes coming out every Wednesday only on Disney Plus.