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Moon Knight’s MCU separation is both a blessing and a curse

Moon Knight may be part of Marvel Phase 4, but we may also see the first test subject for a new generation of Marvel Studios stories. That said, it’s a comic book show that doesn’t need an MCU to survive and thrive.

So far, Marvel Studios takes pride in packing Easter eggs, comic book references, cameos, and sequel settings into multiple universes to support the story, both on the big screen and on Disney Plus. Moon Knight eliminates everything. It itself centers on the approaching threat of Ethan Hawkes cult leader Arthur Harrow and the plight of Steven Grant, who struggles with dissociative identity disorder amid an ancient war between the Egyptian gods. It’s still unclear whether that’s ultimately the right path Marvel should take, but so far it’s been a breath of fresh air.

Currently net positive. Marvel movies and shows can be saturated with connections and connections to the wider cinematic world at their most excessive. Even Hawkeye, one of the superhero studio’s most recent entries, hasn’t been very successful, thanks to its reliance on the Echo and, more recently, the backbone of Vincent D’Onofrio, who founded the futuristic spin-off.

Imagine the Hawkeye series in the context of Moon Knight. It is a thoughtful play that prioritizes character and story over spectacle. Instead we got some fun but ultimately light superhero action. By doing other things, Moon Knight is already paving the way for more bold and original stories in the MCU. Only good things can happen.

Moon Knight’s lack of separation anxiety allowed Oscar Isaac to show himself seriously as the dual personality of neurotic Stephen Grant and confident Mark Spector. A quick look at Isaac’s work on a recent blockbuster and you’ll see why this new style of Marvel history fits Moon Knight so well. In Star Wars, he felt a bit lost with Poe in the middle of the franchise. Dunn was different. There he shone as part of Denis Villeneuve’s unique vision.

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However, there is a downside for Moon Knight to attack alone. The longer the show takes to enter the MCU, the more painful it becomes when Moon Knight finally enters the world of another superhero.

By keeping it so unique and unique, the central character of the show may not fit in with the world around it. In the Disney Plus series, speed is more measured and pronounced. With any future crossover, Moon Knight risks being submerged and becoming a shadow of her former self.

Yes, Isaac is open to the possibility that he will not appear as Moon Knight again after this series. But if Moon Knight, backed by an impressive star like Isaac, doesn’t stay long in a universe without a real box office name, especially in a universe full of young actors, it’s an opportunity that’s wasted potential and seriously missed.

Moon Knight also feels like the first non-essential of the MCU. This of course works in both directions and can be a great starting point for beginners. But at this stage, it looks like it could be skipped a bit in the big picture. We can blame Marvel for that. In the MCU, everything matters, and it has been around for almost 15 years. So, if there’s something that doesn’t fit into the sequel and spinoff list, we tend to feel less important due to the nature of the movie world in which it lives.

Even as a fan, it can be hard to shake off the nagging that there aren’t many Easter eggs to think about. It’s half the fun of a weekly view and almost always adds to the richness of the Marvel discourse. For example, WandaVision’s Mystery Box and its associations with comic book movies make for a great series even if it wasn’t developed under the Marvel Studios banner like Quicksilver.

It’s just an example. Captain America: Civil War probably wouldn’t have been memorable without the debuts of Spider-Man and Black Panther. can’t go home clearly If the perfumes of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield hadn’t been a hit, they wouldn’t have moved the needle. Even the first MCU movie, Iron Man, could have disappeared without a trace if Nick Fury hadn’t appeared to tease the larger universe.

Like Steven Grant himself, Moon Knight has two sides. In one corner, the show has proven more than it can hold on its own, aside from 27 films and several shows before that. First a TV show, then a Marvel series, Moon Knight has allowed other MCU projects to rise in some areas, including dialogue, storytelling, and acting, which failed.

But there’s a feeling that Moon Knight can (and probably should) be part of something bigger and that’s unavoidable. After all, what’s the point if you don’t invite everyone into the MCU sandbox?


Find out what happens after Moon Knight with our guide to the new Marvel TV show. When the next episode arrives, check out the Moon Knight release schedule and follow the Marvel timeline for guidance on when Moon Knight will launch. If you haven’t already, subscribe to Disney Plus here.


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Moon Knight’s MCU separation is both a blessing and a curse

Moon Knight may be part of Marvel Phase 4, but we could also be looking at the first test subject for a new generation of Marvel Studios stories: a comic book show that doesn’t need the MCU to survive – and thrive.
Up until now, Marvel Studios has prided itself on cramming in a multiverse’s worth of Easter eggs, comic references, cameos, and sequel setups to help prop up their stories, both on the big screen and on Disney Plus. Moon Knight does away with all that. It’s entirely its own thing, focusing on the plight of Steven Grant as he struggles with dissociative identity disorder amid the impending threat of Ethan Hawke’s cult leader, Arthur Harrow, and an ancient war waged between Egyptian gods. So far, it’s been a breath of fresh air, though it’s still unclear whether this is ultimately the right road for Marvel to go down.
For now, it’s a net positive. At its most excessive, Marvel movies and shows can be oversaturated with links and connections to the wider cinematic universe. Even one of the superhero studio’s most recent entries – Hawkeye – never quite hit the target thanks to its dependence on Echo and, latterly, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin in setting up future spin-offs.
Imagine a Hawkeye series in the vein of Moon Knight: a reflective piece that prioritized character and story over spectacle. Instead, we got a fun – but ultimately light – slice of superhero action. By doing something different, Moon Knight is already paving the way for braver, more self-contained stories in the MCU. That can only be a good thing.
Moon Knight’s lack of separation anxiety has also allowed Oscar Isaac to seriously strut his stuff as the dual personalities of the neurotic Steven Grant and the cocksure Marc Spector. You only have to take a quick glance at Isaac’s work in recent blockbusters to see why this new style of Marvel story works so well for Moon Knight. In Star Wars, he felt a little lost as Poe in the middle of a franchise. Dune was different. There, he excelled as part of director Denis Villeneuve’s singular vision.
Knight and day

(Image credit: Marvel Studios)
Yet, there’s a downside to Moon Knight striking out on its own. The longer the show takes to bleed into the MCU-at-large, the more jarring it’s going to be if Moon Knight eventually does step into the world of other superheroes.
By keeping things so unique and distinct, the show’s central character may not mesh with the world around him. In the Disney Plus series, the pace is more measured and pronounced. In any future crossover, Moon Knight runs the risk of being diluted and a shadow of his former self.
Yes, Isaac has been frank about potentially not appearing as Moon Knight again beyond this series. Yet, it would amount to wasted potential and a serious missed opportunity if Moon Knight, bolstered by a star as impressive as Isaac, does not stay around long-term, especially  in a universe filled with younger actors and lacking true box office names.
Moon Knight also feels – and I hate to say it, given how strong it’s been so far – like the first non-essential entry in the MCU. Of course, that works both ways and it could be held up as a great jumping-on point for newcomers. Though, at this current stage, it seems a little skippable in the grand scheme of things. For that, we can blame Marvel. Everything has mattered in the MCU – and has done for close to 15 years now – so when something doesn’t tie into the slate of sequels and spin-offs, it tends to feel a little less important by the very nature of the cinematic universe it inhabits.
As a fan, too, it can be hard to shake the gnawing sense of not having a considerable amount of Easter eggs to pore over. That’s half the fun in watching week-to-week and almost always adds to the richness of Marvel discourse. WandaVision’s mystery boxes and ties to comic book movies, for example – even those not developed under the Marvel Studios banner, as was the case with Quicksilver – turned a good series into a great one.
That’s just one example. Captain America: Civil War probably wouldn’t be as memorable without Spider-Man and Black Panther’s debuts; No Way Home certainly wouldn’t have moved the needle without the nostalgia hit of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield; even the first MCU movie – Iron Man – could have sunk without a trace if Nick Fury hadn’t shown up to tease a larger universe.
Much like Steven Grant himself, there are two sides to Moon Knight. In one corner, the show has proven itself more than capable of existing outside of the 27 films and multiple shows that preceded it. Moon Knight is a TV show first, Marvel series second, and that has allowed it to soar in some areas – dialogue, story, acting – where other MCU projects have fallen.
There is, however, that inescapable feeling that Moon Knight could (and perhaps should) be part of something bigger. After all, what good is the MCU sandbox if you don’t invite everyone to come and play in it?
Discover what’s next beyond Moon Knight with our guide to new Marvel TV shows. As for when the next episode arrives, check out our Moon Knight release schedule and guide to when Moon Knight takes place on the Marvel timeline. If you’re not already, then subscribe to Disney Plus here.

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Moon Knight’s MCU separation is both a blessing and a curse

Moon Knight may be part of Marvel Phase 4, but we could also be looking at the first test subject for a new generation of Marvel Studios stories: a comic book show that doesn’t need the MCU to survive – and thrive.
Up until now, Marvel Studios has prided itself on cramming in a multiverse’s worth of Easter eggs, comic references, cameos, and sequel setups to help prop up their stories, both on the big screen and on Disney Plus. Moon Knight does away with all that. It’s entirely its own thing, focusing on the plight of Steven Grant as he struggles with dissociative identity disorder amid the impending threat of Ethan Hawke’s cult leader, Arthur Harrow, and an ancient war waged between Egyptian gods. So far, it’s been a breath of fresh air, though it’s still unclear whether this is ultimately the right road for Marvel to go down.
For now, it’s a net positive. At its most excessive, Marvel movies and shows can be oversaturated with links and connections to the wider cinematic universe. Even one of the superhero studio’s most recent entries – Hawkeye – never quite hit the target thanks to its dependence on Echo and, latterly, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin in setting up future spin-offs.
Imagine a Hawkeye series in the vein of Moon Knight: a reflective piece that prioritized character and story over spectacle. Instead, we got a fun – but ultimately light – slice of superhero action. By doing something different, Moon Knight is already paving the way for braver, more self-contained stories in the MCU. That can only be a good thing.
Moon Knight’s lack of separation anxiety has also allowed Oscar Isaac to seriously strut his stuff as the dual personalities of the neurotic Steven Grant and the cocksure Marc Spector. You only have to take a quick glance at Isaac’s work in recent blockbusters to see why this new style of Marvel story works so well for Moon Knight. In Star Wars, he felt a little lost as Poe in the middle of a franchise. Dune was different. There, he excelled as part of director Denis Villeneuve’s singular vision.
Knight and day

(Image credit: Marvel Studios)
Yet, there’s a downside to Moon Knight striking out on its own. The longer the show takes to bleed into the MCU-at-large, the more jarring it’s going to be if Moon Knight eventually does step into the world of other superheroes.
By keeping things so unique and distinct, the show’s central character may not mesh with the world around him. In the Disney Plus series, the pace is more measured and pronounced. In any future crossover, Moon Knight runs the risk of being diluted and a shadow of his former self.
Yes, Isaac has been frank about potentially not appearing as Moon Knight again beyond this series. Yet, it would amount to wasted potential and a serious missed opportunity if Moon Knight, bolstered by a star as impressive as Isaac, does not stay around long-term, especially  in a universe filled with younger actors and lacking true box office names.
Moon Knight also feels – and I hate to say it, given how strong it’s been so far – like the first non-essential entry in the MCU. Of course, that works both ways and it could be held up as a great jumping-on point for newcomers. Though, at this current stage, it seems a little skippable in the grand scheme of things. For that, we can blame Marvel. Everything has mattered in the MCU – and has done for close to 15 years now – so when something doesn’t tie into the slate of sequels and spin-offs, it tends to feel a little less important by the very nature of the cinematic universe it inhabits.
As a fan, too, it can be hard to shake the gnawing sense of not having a considerable amount of Easter eggs to pore over. That’s half the fun in watching week-to-week and almost always adds to the richness of Marvel discourse. WandaVision’s mystery boxes and ties to comic book movies, for example – even those not developed under the Marvel Studios banner, as was the case with Quicksilver – turned a good series into a great one.
That’s just one example. Captain America: Civil War probably wouldn’t be as memorable without Spider-Man and Black Panther’s debuts; No Way Home certainly wouldn’t have moved the needle without the nostalgia hit of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield; even the first MCU movie – Iron Man – could have sunk without a trace if Nick Fury hadn’t shown up to tease a larger universe.
Much like Steven Grant himself, there are two sides to Moon Knight. In one corner, the show has proven itself more than capable of existing outside of the 27 films and multiple shows that preceded it. Moon Knight is a TV show first, Marvel series second, and that has allowed it to soar in some areas – dialogue, story, acting – where other MCU projects have fallen.
There is, however, that inescapable feeling that Moon Knight could (and perhaps should) be part of something bigger. After all, what good is the MCU sandbox if you don’t invite everyone to come and play in it?
Discover what’s next beyond Moon Knight with our guide to new Marvel TV shows. As for when the next episode arrives, check out our Moon Knight release schedule and guide to when Moon Knight takes place on the Marvel timeline. If you’re not already, then subscribe to Disney Plus here.

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