TV Review: Moon Knight (Disney Plus)

The Fist of Khonshu comes joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe with an action-packed and cerebral TV show.  Steven Grant is a humble London museum gift shop employee, who suffers from […]

The Fist of Khonshu comes joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe with an action-packed and cerebral TV show. 

Steven Grant is a humble London museum gift shop employee, who suffers from sleepwalking and nightmares. He tries his hardest not to fall asleep but can not help himself. This causes him some blackouts and when he wakes in somewhere in Europe with no idea how he got there and people shooting him, he knows he has a serious problem. He also dreams of  Khonshu, the Egyptian moon god of vengeance. But is this all in Steven’s head or is something else going on? 

Moon Knight is the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, this version is very different from the comic version. In the comics, for the most part, Moon Knight is considered a street-level hero, in the TV show he’s more of a supernatural hero. I think I understand the reason for a lot of the changes. In the comics, Moon Knight on the surface seems like a Batman knockoff. To those of us who read the comics that’s not true. But if the producers would have gone with the comic, seeing how this is for more of a mass audience, there would have been a lot of Batman comparisons. The show-runners were smart in taking this in a different direction. You comic readers, don’t you worry, the Moon Knight we know and love is still there.

The show moves at a nice pace with some great character development. The action sequences are extremely impressive and exciting. It also deals with dissociative identity disorder in such a great way. Like the previous Marvel shows on Disney Plus, the special effects are top-notch. Unlike the other Marvel shows, which were movie spin-offs, Moon knight is the first new character entry into the MCU from TV. It’s quite refreshing to see.

Oscar Isaac plays the main character and he does a really great job. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’m extremely hesitant to go into more details. Isaac does really embraces the character. And the costume from Moon Knight, while a little different, looks incredible here. While not spandex, it’s more like mummy wrappings, and that ties into the entire Eqyptian motif in the show. 

Ethan Hawke plays Arthur Harrow, a cult leader, and the main villain. Hawke plays the character with a very calm and menacing presence. You understand why his character is a cult leader.

The only thing that bothered me about the show and that’s the lack of Moon Knight’s supporting characters. It bugged me that Marlene Alraune and Jean-Paul “Frenchie” DuChamp were absent. Now I only watched the first 3 episodes so hopefully, I’m wrong.

I really enjoyed the show, but I really though it would have worked well the Daredevil, Luke Cage, and the rest of the Defenders. Moon Knight has always been one of my favorite Marvel characters and I’m just glad we’re getting a great show.

Moon Knight premiers on Disney Plus on March 30th.

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.