Marvel's Moon Knight is a thrilling and chilling ride
Moon Knight finally premiered on Wednesday, much to the delight of fans who have been patiently waiting for its arrival.
Oscar Issac makes his MCU debut as the cloaked warrior and as it's been teased, the series is every bit as intriguing and alluring as Issac's multifaceted character.
Suffering from blackouts and patchy memories of another life, museum worker Steve Grant, played by Issac, finds himself in peril when he awakens in another country and catches the attention of cult-leader Arthur Harrow, chillingly played by Ethan Hawke.
Add on the fact that Grant also deals with a mysterious voice in his head that repeatedly calls him "Marc" before he weirdly passes out and wakes up with unexplained cuts and bruises, and Moon Knight is surely unlike anything the MCU has done before.
And captivated Marvel fans aren't complaining.
Viewers are in for a wild ride with Moon Knight
From start to finish, the captivating series pilot grasps audiences with its mind-bending action, beautiful cinematography, and a stellar performance from the Stars Wars alum.
Issac is truly the star of the show, as the confused and bumbling Brit intriguingly deals with dissociative identity disorder.
Then there's Hawke's portrayal as the religious zealot who is downright eerie, sinister, and also a conduit for the Egyptian goddess Ammit.
The nearly 50-minute episode serves as a fresh break from the current messiness of the multiverse that's plaguing the MCU as of late, and focuses on the mysterious Grant and the Egyptian God who is haunting him.
Again, Moon Knight is unlike anything Marvel has ever done.
The episode gives briefs glimpses of the moon god Khonshu - who looks utterly terrifying - with intense Alfred Hitchcock-esque shots and a spine-tingling musical score, thanks to Egyptian composer Hesham Nazih. And it's not until the very end of the episode, when Harrow summons an Anubis jackal monster to kill Grant, that fans get an up-close peak at the violent vigilante and Grant's other personality, Marc Spector.
Hopefully, the series will spend the next few episodes explaining how all of this came to be. Regardless, fans are in for a treat with this riveting and fresh new offering that has already been hailed as the best Marvel show to date by fans and critics alike.
To be frank, the general consensus isn't wrong on this one.
New episodes of Marvel's Moon Knight air on Disney+ every Wednesday.
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