‘Moon Knight’ Episode 1 REVIEW: Marvel Introduces Its Most Interesting Character Yet
A premiere entry that digs into the unknown, and sets up the story of its struggling title character, this is our Moon Knight Episode 1 Review, as the latest Marvel series introduces its most interesting character yer.
There were high hopes for the latest MCU entry, but even more unknown about who is Marvel’s most enigmatic character will operate in his very own solo series.
Moon Knight is, by all accounts, a true character study; and that is perhaps the most evident quality of the series’ first episode.
Fans are introduced to Steven Grant, a disheveled and down on his luck individual who is just trying his best to make sense out of his very average, but very perplexing existence.
The promotional campaign showed off much of what fans saw in the premiere episode, with Steven working at a gift shop, but suffering from experiencing large gaps in time that he cannot account for; something that is slowly explained through the unraveling of his life.
The first, and the most apparent reality of Moon Knight, is that it is clearly, and definitively, unlike anything Marvel has ever done.
What may be the boldest but best choice in development in the series is that the first episode feels so distant from the MCU; Grant’s story takes place away from much of what we know the Marvel Universe to be, forcing the audience to invest in the story of this individual.
But more so than just maintaining a central focus, Moon Knight is clearly the sandbox that Marvel has allowed the brilliant Oscar Isaac to play within, as the veteran actor shines bright in the fearful, confused and ultimately enigmatic character of Steven Grant.
Ethan Hawke- although we know very little of his character’s motivations- provides a fantastic and mesmerizingly charismatic performance, while F. Murray Abraham is tremendous as the ominous Egyptian diet of Khonshu.
The series writer Jeremy Slater and Director Mohamed Diab are a fantastic pairing who are taking no shortcuts when crafting this story, as it feels meticulous in the best way; with every moment feeling carefully charted to set up what happens next.
Moon Knight Episode 1 is a slow burn that introduces fans to this brand new world and accomplishes everything you could hope out of a debut; but perhaps its most successful feat is in making us eager to come back for more, as it still feels like just the tipi of the iceberg for the eponymous character.