Moon Knight is arguably one of the most obscure characters to make the jump from the comics to the MCU. I’ve been a fan of the character for years, and wasn’t sure what to expect from this series. It has been fantastic
Now Moon Knight has appeared in the MCU via the Disney+ series, and it is, while still a superhero story, both a mystical fantasy and a psychological thriller.
Now we’ve met this incarnation of Steven Grant, and gotten at least a glimpse of Marc Spector, Moon Knight, and Khonshu. We’ve met Arthur Harrow, a very unusual villain, and gotten an idea of the problems facing all of them.
Taking its name from the comic where Thor (and later Loki himself) first appeared in Marvel Comics back in the 60’s, Loki goes into the Void to learn a lot more about what’s really going on in “Journey Into Mystery.”
Past the halfway point now, Loki continues to deliver surprises and twists. What would you expect from something where the main character is the god of mischief, or lies, depending on which version you’re going by? I like to think I’m pretty good at working out where stories might go, and I saw none of what happened this episode coming.
When your main character is a god of mischief and you’ve already introduced time travel and unlimited teleportation, you never know what’s coming next. Add in other chaos factors like a different version of your main character and some kind of allegedly all powerful group behind the scenes, and the sky’s the limit. Or even that isn’t really a limit.
Disney+ has been producing some great additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. WandaVision was surreally amazing, and The Falcon and The Winter Solider was a great buddy cop/adventure story with some events that should change the future of the MCU. Now Loki gets his turn in a six part series explaining what happened to the God of Mischief after he escaped during the Avengers’ hijinks in time as seen in Endgame.
“The World Is Watching” was the perfect title for last episode, as John Walker crossed the line, killing one of the Flag-Smashers in a spectacularly brutal way, and using Cap’s shield to do it. Now, the ramifications roil through the world of the major characters as everyone tries to figure out what to do next.
They keep that high bar going, and we learn about the new Captain America they introduced us to, with “Star Spangled Man.” Even the title is a callback to Captain America history, which happens a lot in this episode.
We get to see a bit of characters actually having lives, which has been largely lacking in the MCU (do I need to say why either Tony Stark or Wanda’s “homelife” doesn’t count?). Sam Wilson and James “Bucky” Barnes are trying to find their places in the “New World Order.”