‘Moon Knight’ Review: Oscar Isaac And Disney Deliver On Giving Us Something The MCU Has Never Seen Before

For years, people have doubted that Disney could not do anything with Marvel that stepped outside of the “normal formula” that it’s operated within for the past ten-plus years. The MCU has dipped its toes in changing things up over the years. Especially with projects such as WandaVision, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Eternals. However, for the most part; we can always tell a MCU project apart from everything else. By the way, I personally don’t have a problem with the MCU formula. It works, it’s entertaining, and it’s world-building. I enjoy the occasional ventures outside the normal, but realistically there’s not many MCU projects I dislike.

Oscar Isaac as Moon Knight in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Moon Knight Introduces Concepts New to the MCU

Moon Knight, however; is something completely different than anything we’ve seen before. In the same way that Eternals dared to be different, so does Moon Knight – just in a different sort of way. MCU fans, we have now entered…the horror realm. Are you as excited as I am? I don’t want to hear non-believers say Marvel can’t do it, because they are. Don’t scoff at the idea of getting characters like Blade, Ghost Rider, or the Punisher after this, because if Disney can do Moon Knight, they can do it all.

Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Now, I didn’t just enjoy Moon Knight for what it’s offering us, I enjoyed it for itself. For Oscar Isaac. For the characters. The scenery. The acting. Oh my God, the acting is superb. This is what happens when you put Isaac and Ethan Hawke in a project together – pure mind-bending goodness. Moon Knight the show is eerie, dark, confusing (in a good way), and deeply psychological.

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A Great Start and Middle

I was given access to the first four episodes of the season and I have a feeling that the show is holding onto something very big in the last two episodes. That’s just speculation, but I just have a feeling. The show does not waste time in episode one. We’re immediately thrown into Steven Grant’s chaotic daily routine. And we’re immediately thrown into the dark shadow world that Moon Knight operates within. Isaac does a phenomenal job in creating this character that is never at ease and thus makes the chaos of it all very captivating.

Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

It’s Hawke’s character who is especially captivating. Playing Arthur Harrow, Hawke had a lot of autonomy in this role considering how little of Arthur there is in the comics. I believe it’s because of this that Hawke was able to develop the character to what we see on screen. Which has shaped up – in my opinion – one of the most captivating antagonists in the MCU. His presence and dedication to the character is evident within the first five minutes of the season and remains a scene-stealer in much of the show.

Rating: 4.5/5

Moon Knight will captivate you and unsettle you. It’s supposed to. I believe that Moon Knight will really be set apart from much of the MCU and Isaac will be a huge part of the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Personally, I want more.

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