Before watching the first episode of MOON KNIGHT, I didn’t know anything about this project outside of it being a part of the extended-to-tv MCU and that it would star Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke. And right now, I feel like I know about 5% more which is both exciting and also bewildering knowing we only have 6 total episodes of Disney+’s latest superhero mini-series.
MOON KNIGHT is the first Disney+ MCU series featuring characters we haven’t been introduced yet to. Wanda, Vision, Falcon, The Winter Soldier, and Loki had all had big-screen debuts even though as mostly supporting roles. This feels like a new direction for the ever-growing Marvel universe. If well-received, will this story continue on the big screen? Would ETERNALS have been better reviewed had those heroes been introduced via a series instead?
MOON KNIGHT’S opener feels like the first part of the first act of a film. Just a taste and one that left me hungry for more. Isaac plays Steven Grant, a mild-mannered British museum gift shop worker. He’s struggling to keep up at work, failing in his love life, and he’s having such vivid dreams that he’s not so sure if they’re dreams at all, especially when hours and days of his life start going missing. Maybe he’s not Steven Grant at all? Why are visions and mysterious voices following him around? And what’s up with his fish?
Oscar Isaac is one of the best working actors today and it’s really a treat to see him step into a role very different than anything we’ve seen from him yet. Steven (maybe) is introduced to us as a guy whose dreams are wreaking complete havoc on his waking life. This personality trait endeared me to him as I’m someone with often nightly intense dreams as well. Ethan Hawke’s character is no less mysterious than Isaac’s. He’s seemingly a prophet type, perhaps…or maybe he’s a cult leader..is he good, evil, neither? We’re just getting started.
MOON KNIGHT drew me into a whole new world, and while we’ve barely cracked the surface, I can’t wait to see where we’re headed.
MOON KNIGHT EP 1 is streaming on Disney+.