Many fans have been expecting the MCU to be overrun with deities to slaughter ever since Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher was announced for Thor: Love and Thunder. Aside from Marc Spector’s god, Khonshu, many people had suspected that Moon Knight would be a good time to introduce new gods to the universe.
Actors believed to be part of the Egyptian pantheon were reportedly being sought by Moon Knight in late 2020. It appears that those casting calls were not for the gods but for their Avatars, as Moon Knight has shown.
The third episode of Oscar Isaac’s MCU series sheds some light on that concept now with searches for those gods in the MCU.
The Ennead, made up of Horus, Isis, Tefnut, Osiris, and Hathor, was first introduced in the most recent episode of Moon Knight.
They are all represented by different actors in this episode: Declan Hannigan as Yatzil, Nagisa Morimoto as Selim, Hayley Konadu as Hayley, Khalid Abdalla as Selim, and finally Dana Bermudez as Yatzil. This is the first time that any Avatars have been given names.
To understand why Khonshu was banished by his fellow Egyptian gods, Osiris explains that his involvement in the human realm “nearly exposed us,” which is why Khonshu was exiled from the pantheon.
There should have been nine members of the Ennead, and as Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) pointed out in the first episode, Anubis, the god of death, and Seth, the god of war, are the only two Egyptian gods that Khonshu and Ammit do not include.
After Khonshu and Seth, the Egyptian pantheon is rarely depicted as engaging in human affairs in the comics, as it is in the MCU. They prefer to stay in the Overvoid, which Kohnshu mentioned in this episode.
Horus appears to be the Egyptian gods’ current leader, based on how Yatzil introduces each member of the Ennead. As far as comics are concerned, he is revered as the supreme being of righteous vengeance.
It is Isis, goddess of fertility and domestication, who comes after Horus.
Osiris, the god of the dead, completes the list.
When they rescued the Egyptian gods from Seth’s imprisonment, the three of them interacted with Thor, Odin, and The Thing of the Fantastic Four.
As in mythology, Hathor is a goddess of music and love, but she is also known in the comics for her transformation into the lion god Sekhmet. T’Challa, played by Chad Boseman, made a passing reference to this deity along with the panther goddess Bast in Captain America: Civil War. Hathor and Sekhmet may or may not be separate deities, but only time will tell.
While Tefnut is an entirely minor deity in comics, her children Geb and Nut would later aid Thor, Odin, the Black Knight, in defeating Seth by assisting them in their battle against the god of rain.
Fans can expect to learn more about the Ennead in the coming weeks as Disney+’s Moon Knight continues to air every Wednesday.