Moon Knight: The ending of episode 5 explained

“Moon Knight” was always going to be a complete Oscar Isaac-fest, but the penultimate episode of the Disney+ show takes things to a whole different level by focusing entirely on the complicated and tragic dynamic between the actor’s dual roles as the character. headline. Identities of Marc Spector and Steven Grant.

Instead of focusing on the overarching plot to stop Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) from freeing Ammit, the episode deals with flashbacks and the MCU version of the afterlife from Egyptian mythology. It looks like Harrow shot Marc dead in Episode 4. This episode is about what happens next and finding out if there is a way back to the realm of the living. As such, there is no Layla (May Calamawy) in this episode, and Harrow only appears in her asylum doctor incarnation, which just so happens to be part of Marc-Steven’s mindscape. Even Khonshu (voiced by F. Murray Abraham) and the Moon Knight costume only make a quick flashback appearance.

Like the giant ship from the afterlife that she steers, the episode is helmed by the lovable hippo goddess Tawaret (voiced by Antonia Salib). She reveals that the strange asylum Marc and Steven are trapped in is part of their path to the afterlife, offering advice on what to do next. What follows is an intimate look at the deepest, darkest corners of Marc Spector’s story…and the many terrifying things that reside on her mind. Let’s dig a little deeper into the painfully painful ending of “Moon Knight” episode 5, and what it means for the show.

The truth about Steven is one of the great tragedies of the MCU.

The truth about Steven is one of the great tragedies of the MCU. And then there’s one…or is there? An amazing job for a hippo goddess Harrow is winning in the real world

After watching “Moon Knight” episode 5, MCU fans might find themselves peeling onions at the mere mention of the name Steven Grant. Good-natured but tormented Brit’s cluelessness provides ample comic relief in the show’s early episodes. Here, instead, he’s in total tragedy mode, as the show delves into the layers of his personality, somehow managing to find more and more sadness in each reveal.

For much of the episode, Steven actually comes across as the more calm and collected personality. From Tauret’s sudden appearance to his confrontation with “Doctor” Harrow, he takes many things with much more grace than Marc. However, everything falls apart the moment the truth bombs begin to fall.

Steven, you see, is actually an identity created by Marc, not the other way around. Marc’s brother (Claudio Fabián Contreras) died in an accident in a cave when the children were young and his mother blamed Marc for it. To deal with the incredibly dark situation, Marc created the identity of Steven, which he named after Dr. Steven Grant, a cheesy fictional adventurer the brothers liked, first seen in “Moon Knight” episode 4 “.

Marc has allowed Steven to experience all the good and happy things in their life together, while saving all the tragic and painful events for himself. Steven doesn’t take it too well when he realizes that the mother (Fernanda Andrade) he remembers as kind and loving was actually hateful and abusive…and that she’s been dead for two months.

Incidentally, the death of Marc’s brother goes a long way to confirming that the comic book version of the character, Randall Spector, won’t be appearing in the MCU in a hurry. In the comics, the adult Randall becomes a twisted, villainous Moon Knight called the Shadow Knight, and causes endless trouble.

And then, there is one…or is there?

And then, there is one…or is there? An amazing job for a hippo goddess Harrow is winning in the real world

Revealing the true nature of Steven’s personality is one thing, but what happens to him at the end of the episode is overkill. Steven finally manages to pull himself together after the various truths about his existence. He comforts and reassures Marc, and even realizes that as part of Marc, he has what it takes to fight the lost souls of Duat on Tauret’s ship.

Unfortunately, all of this only amounts to one last tragedy for him. Instead of Marc, it is Steven who falls into the desert of the Duat and succumbs to its sands. As a final insult to injury, his seeming disappearance is what was needed to balance the scales of Tauret, meaning that Steven was ultimately what was wrong with Marc all along.

And so, Marc ends the episode as the only remaining personality (that we know of). This implies that Jake Lochley’s personality, which has been the subject of intense fan speculation since Episode 3 began dropping hints about a possible third personality, either doesn’t exist or goes about his business in a way that doesn’t affect Marc. .

However, Steven’s tragic end doesn’t mean fans of the character should angrily cancel their Disney+ subscriptions. As the episode makes clear, Steven is Marc’s creation and manifests as a fracture in his balance rather than as an entity of his own. This means Marc may still have the means to bring the affable Brit back. After all, Moon Knight had plenty of alternate personalities in the comics, and they’ve been known to return even after they’ve seemingly been banished forever.

An amazing job for a hippo goddess

An amazing job for a hippo goddess Harrow is winning in the real world

After her dramatic entrance in the last scene of “Moon Knight” episode 4, the hippo goddess Tauret plays quite a large role in episode 5. Tasked with guiding Marc and Steven to their appointed destinations in the afterlife, she weighs their hearts and offers them Guidance.

However, there is a minor problem. In Egyptian mythology, that’s not exactly Tauret’s main job. While she is powerful, she is more of a household goddess who is more closely associated with womanhood and fertility than death and judgment (via Britannica). As such, you wouldn’t expect this particular deity to show up for the whole “carrying the dead” thing. In fact, the “Moon Knight” version of Tauret seems to be doing the job of the jackal-headed god of the dead, Anubis (via Britannica).

Egyptian mythology expert Steven doesn’t seem all that surprised by Tauret’s role here, so it’s possible the MCU has reinvented her roles a bit. Of course, it’s worth noting that at some points in the episode, Tauret seems genuinely inexperienced at the job, which seems a bit odd if she’s been doing it for millennia. As it happens, the mythological version of the deity is a friend of Hathor, whose avatar, Yatzil (Díana Bermúdez), appears in Episode 3 and establishes the goddess as an ally of Khonshu. Could it be that Tauret is on some secret agent business here, keeping a careful eye on Khonshu’s avatar while she gives Anubis the day off?

Marc Spector, a surprisingly good guy

“Moon Knight” has traditionally presented Marc as a goofy action hero, but Episode 5 reveals that he’s actually a pretty nice guy who just happens to be stuck in the mother of all predicaments. He has to live with the memory of his brother’s accidental death and the unimaginable pain that comes from the way his mother blamed him for the incident. He has protected Steven Grant’s persona since childhood, while absorbing untold amounts of physical and mental punishment himself. He became a mercenary because he had no other options, and while it is true that he was present when Layla’s father died, he was actually trying to stop other mercenaries from killing innocent bystanders.

Even after Marc agreed to become a Moon Knight to save his life, he remembered each person who died by his hand in excruciating detail, no matter how terrible criminals they might have been. While Steven points out that there’s still a violent side to Marc, it’s clear that, at the end of the day, he’s a decent guy who’s been deeply affected by a lifetime of increasingly horrific experiences. When the episode ends and Marc is alone in the paradise of the Field of Reeds, he may very well be the first shred of peace he has experienced in decades. The question is, is he willing to let go of that rare moment of happiness to save the world, or will he be tempted to stay?

Harrow is winning in the real world

Harrow is winning in the real world

The Arthur Harrow in this “Moon Knight” episode may or may not be a figment of Marc’s mind, but in the material world, the real guy is up to no good…and he’s very close to winning the game.

While Episode 5 largely puts Harrow’s “free Ammit to judge humanity wholesale” plan on hold, the final moments reveal that the man hasn’t rested on his laurels. In fact, it is likely that he has already succeeded in his mission. When numerous souls suddenly start raining down on the Duat ahead of time, Tauret is worried enough to agree to help Marc and Steven. The plan is to find a way to get Layla to free Khonshu, which would presumably restore Marc’s Moon Knight powers, allowing him to return to his mortally wounded body and heal.

This is a good setup for the final act, but it also implies that Harrow hasn’t been slacking off during Marc and Steven’s soul-searching. Since there is no way that the cult leader can personally judge people on the speed with which they reach the afterlife, the episode seems to imply that he has already managed to free Ammit. So even if Marc manages to find a way back to the real world, does this mean Harrow has already won? Is there any way Moon Knight can fight a goddess that even the rest of the Egyptian pantheon seems to fear? Regardless of the answer, it’s clear that viewers are in for a truly exciting ending.

Moon Knight Origin Story Teases Multiple Storylines For The Future

As usual, the MCU version of “Moon Knight” adds its own twists to the source material. Yet it somehow stays surprisingly true to the comics. Episode 5 offers perhaps the most accurate nugget of Moon Knight lore comics yet, and it just so happens to also be the most important part: Marc Spector’s superhero origin story. Marc’s fateful mission in Egypt under future nemesis Bushman is faithfully chronicled here, and when Khonshu offers the dying mercenary the chance to become his Moon Knight, the deity even delivers the adage “protect the travelers of the night.” “, frequently quoted, which is the mission of both. statement and his version of the classic Spider-Man, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

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The biggest takeaway from this is, of course, the fact that previous teases about the existence of Moon Knight’s nemesis Raoul Bushman in the MCU have been correct. Because Bushman is such a prominent enemy of Moon Knight, this opens the door for the show to adapt virtually any of the major storylines involving him…including some of the more recent ones, which feature Ra’s terrifying avatar Sun. King.

Oscar Isaac’s one-off “Moon Knight” contract could mean the show is destined to become a one-season miniseries, but if the actor were willing to don the white hood in the future, Bushman now seems like a very likely opponent. for him.

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