Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Moon Knight: Episode 3


3. The Friendly Type
Layla fakes an Egyptian passport and follows Marc to Cairo, where he always falls one step behind Harrow, who has already located Ammit’s tomb via the scarab beetle. Marc convinces Khonshu to get the upper tier pantheon of Egyptian gods to interfere through a trial via their own avatars inside the Pyramid of Giza, where they declare Harrow’s innocence. The Marc/Khonshu tandem gets unexpected sympathy and aid from Yatzil (Diana Bermudez), the avatar of the goddess Hathor, who points them towards the direction of a sarcophagus that contains clues to the tomb’s location. Marc/Steven and Layla team-up and end up at the compound of antiquities collector Anton Mogart (Gaspard Ulliel), where they manage to retrieve the pieces of cloth mapping out a constellation, but not until after some violence brought about by Harrow’s arrival. Khonshu uses his last trick of realigning the night sky to what it was 2000 years ago, leading to Layla pinpointing the exact coordinates before he is banished in stone by the pantheon.


Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this episode is the appearance of half a dozen avatars of the upper echelons of the Egyptian pantheon as well as its implications in the MCU at large. Marvel has shied away from the mystic side of their storytelling for the longest time, using pseudo-science as an excuse to ground their narratives to a more palatable level. With the introduction of avatars here, the casting of Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher as well as the rumored appearance of Bastet (the feline goddess in Black Panther lore) in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder film, it seems like some retcons of the metaphysical kind will soon be coming our way. Suffice it to say, this new phase will be a lot more magical in nature, which will surely up the stakes moving forward. Back to Moon Knight, the prospect of another personality surfacing is highly likely now that Marc and Steven are starting to get along and what with those random blackouts they both experienced in those exhilarating chase scenes on Cairo’s rooftops.

“To signal for an audience with the gods is to risk their wrath.” –Khonshu

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