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Moon Knight Episode 1 Breakdown: Steven Meets Marc In Series Pilot With Major Easter Eggs

Moon Knight is Marvel Studios’ biggest bet on Disney+ so far. Definitely, this is the first one of these expensive series to be led by a character who has never been in the MCU before in a major role. But that character of Steven is also very complicated; and some people think he’s just Marvel’s version of Batman. Which isn’t to say that the latter question doesn’t play a big role in this new Marvel story on Disney+.

The final scene, on the other hand, is as thunderous an answer as you could hope for, a kickass moment that ends an episode of TV that intentionally hides some of its most action-packed plot lines. Car chases do happen, but they don’t happen very often. And the henchmen are also thrown out to their misery, as well. While leaning into being an object in withholding, Steven Grant played by Oscar Isaac, doesn’t remember anything and fights with people. He then returns to a different version of himself to find a bloodied situation around him.

Moon Knight already has a different narrative rhythm from the MCU movies that came before it because of these blindspots on screens both big and small. The show is revolutionizing a new tale of a character who is unable to pace himself. As Steven Grant explores his dilemma throughout the episode, one thing becomes clear. Steven Grant accepts his alter ego and that’s where we progress into his adventures.

Moon Knight Episode One

Here’s the breakdown to the first episode of Moon Knight:

The first thing Steven Grant does when he wakes up is undo his makeshift sleep restraints. He then checks on his one-finned goldfish friend, Gus, and leaves a voicemail for his mom, who is away. Because he hasn’t been getting enough sleep, he almost doesn’t make it to work on time again. In Ancient Egypt, most of a person’s organs would be removed during the process of mummification, except for the heart. Steven takes this opportunity to tell her about some interesting facts about the ancient people. The Ancient Egyptians thought that the heart was important in order to be judged in the Underworld. Only those who were good enough could go into the Field of Reeds.

Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/Steven Grant in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Steven’s boss, Donna, isn’t impressed. He won’t be promoted to tour guide because he can’t even do his job at the gift shop. He has a date with a friend tomorrow night, even though he doesn’t remember setting it up. At a steakhouse, what is going to happen to someone who isn’t eating meat? Donna, salad or bread is what you need.

Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/Steven Grant and Lucy Thackeray as Donna in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Matt Kennedy. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

His body is always restless. That’s why he has to work so hard to stay awake at night. However, this all would be a big red flag for any potential girlfriends, so he should stop it right now and get it over with. Steven listens to a meditation app when he gets home. He does some puzzles and some light reading about Egyptology and the Ennead to stay awake while he does this.

Steven wakes up outside in the Alps with a broken jaw. How did he get here? A voice comes from nowhere and tells him to sleep and give Marc the body.

Steven Grant played by Oscar Issac

The scarab beetle is intricately carved and is made of gold. Steven finds it in his pocket. It all starts to happen before he can think of anything. A group of men with guns start to chase him towards an Alpine village. In the beginning, there was a group of people all around, a mysterious man, and he tried to blend in. As a group, Arthur Harrow and his group want to make Earth as like Heaven as possible.

Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/Steven Grant and Shaun Scott as Crawley in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gabor Kotschy. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

As a reward, he wants people who want to serve their goddess Ammit before she comes out of her sleep. Volunteers started to rise up. Harrow places his crocodile cane in their palms as his scales tattoo starts to move on his skin. The scales say that one person is a good person, but another person isn’t. They see everything.

Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/Steven Grant in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

In the crowd, Harrow sees Steven. He wants the mercenary to return the scarab that he took from him. Steven is surprised to learn that he is not a mercenary. He is just a museum clerk from London who works at a museum there now. Neither Steven nor Harrow wanted to get the scarab from the scarab. With bloody hands and the bodies of the injured men around him, he can’t understand how his fists can be bloody. He blacks out again and wakes up behind the wheel of a dangerous van chase in the Alps. The next thing you know, Steven is awake. Restrictions are still on him. The tape on the door, and the circle of sand around his bed, have not been moved.

Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/Steven Grant and Gus the goldfish in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Steven doesn’t know what to do. Gus now has two fins. At the steak house, Steven learns from his angry date that he didn’t show up for the date a few days ago. Not on Friday, but on Sunday. Steven is sad and confused about how much time has passed. He finds scratches on his floor and a loose panel on his ceiling. There, Steven finds a key and a cell phone that aren’t his. On his cell phone, Steven finds that there were more than 50 missed calls from a woman.

Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant and Khonshu (voiced by F. Murray Abraham) in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Steven gets a call from Layla, who is surprised that he’s still alive. She’s been texting and calling him for a long time. Steven says he just found this phone in the flat. She must have thought he was someone else. She’s angry; why does Marc speak with a different accent? Before he can get any more answers, she hangs up the phone. Steven doesn’t know why she called him Marc.

Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/Steven Grant in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gabor Kotschy. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

A voice tells Steven to stop, or he’ll get in trouble. He doesn’t realize that its his alter ego talking to him in the mirror in the bathroom. His flat lights start to flicker and things start to slam into each other. A figure with a big beak lurks in the elevator as Steven runs out of his apartment and down the hall. Steven screams as he wakes up on a bus. He sees the creature on the street and Harrow on the street; but, he knows it isn’t a dream.

Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/Steven Grant and Shaun Scott as Crawley in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gabor Kotschy. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Steven begs J.B. not to let anyone into the museum because he’s being followed. The security guard thinks this is ridiculous because the museum is open to the public.

Astonished that Steven was there. He thought “Steven Grant” was an alias. In bad news for Steven, it looks like a lot of his coworkers at the museum are fans of Harrow. Steven says he doesn’t have the zealot’s scarab beetle, but he doesn’t believe him. It’s not his scarab. It belongs to the Egyptian deity Ammit, and he doesn’t even own it.

Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow and Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/Steven Grant in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Harrow says that only people who do bad things should be afraid of Ammit. She was tired of waiting for people to do bad things before she punished them. After all, she looks at their whole lives: past, present, and future. It’s not just what they’ve done that she knows. She also knows what they’ll do next. In her heart, she wants to get rid of all of the evil in the world, but she was betrayed by the other gods and even her own avatar.

Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Harrow says that he understands how maddening it is to have that persistent voice in his head, and he wants to help him. As he holds Steven’s hands, the scales of judgement on his forearm aren’t sure about Steven. As the scales move from side to side, they don’t know who Steven is. Harrow says that there is a lot of chaos inside Steven.

Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/Steven Grant in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Steven is being chased by a huge jackal as he finishes his shift at the museum. Over the speakers in the museum, Harrow tells Steven to give up the scarab or he’ll be cut up. During his time in the bathroom, the jackal is on the other side. His reflection tells him that he can save them as long as he doesn’t fight the jackal, so he takes refuge there. When he looks in the mirror, Steven doesn’t believe this is real, but he knows that he is real. This is true. As soon as he gives up control of his body, he suits up in a white mercenary suit and takes over the situation and defeats the huge monster.

Easter Eggs Explored In The Episode

This episode was also notable because it didn’t make any references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe at all. A lot of people think Moon Knight is bold to stay solo in terms of storyline in the MCU for that kind of thing. This is a character who is known for being fierce, though. It is important for him to be playing the game against the bad ones at night. Thus, explaining his white attire. Still, even though there were no mentions of Thanos or Mysterio’s attack on London, there were still a few Marvel Easter eggs to get excited about.

The DuChamp Easter Egg

Jean-Paul Duchamp is a close friend of Moon Knight

With all of the sleeping, crusading, and fighting, Steven is having a hard time. This is because he has been sleepwalking all the time. A burner cell phone is hidden in the wall of his London apartment. We see Layla’s missed calls. He takes the phone out, checks it, and sees the calls. Steven doesn’t know anyone by the name of Layla, and he doesn’t know anyone by that name. He also doesn’t know anyone named Duchamp, which is the only other name we see on his scroll at the time.

People who are Moon Knight fans are going to be very excited when they find out that Duchamp is an Easter egg. This is because Jean-Paul Duchamp is Marc Spector’s, well, everything in the comic books. The only person in Moon Knight’s life who is close to him is Jean-Paul Duchamp. He is Spector’s best friend, pilot, sidekick etc.

When Jean-Paul first appeared in Werewolf By Night #32 with Moon Knight in 1975, he was called “Frenchie.” They’ve been friends ever since, and their friendship goes back even further than that. Jean-Paul has been by Moon Knight’s side through a lot of different things in his long history. Even Jean-Paul, who is gay, had an unrequited crush on Marc back when they were mercenary buddies, long before all the Khonshu stuff.

In general, the Moon Knight TV show doesn’t have a lot in common with the Moon Knight comics, at least in terms of canon. Some of Moon Knight’s friends aren’t around anymore, but the spirit is still there. Shortly, Duchamp may turn up. This may suggest that a lot of comic book history could be used in the MCU at some point.

Steven’s Initial Rendezvous With Marc

Steven meets Marc for the first time through a mirror.

Moon Knight uses a lot of imagery and symbolism to hint at Steven Grant’s inner powers, sometimes more subtly, sometimes less. His bedroom is filled with white sheets. The outside shots show the moon clearly, and there’s a white circle motif running through his apartment. When Steven Grant first hears of Marc Spector, the mercenary appears as his alter ego in a round, white mirror that looks a lot like the moon. In this picture, Marc Spector’s superpower is shown, but the big question is how a museum gift shop worker can afford such a big apartment in London at such high rents.

The Shoes Are Filled With Glass

Arthur looks to be using glass pieces in his shoes and walking around.

Ethan Hawke’s character, Arthur Harrow, the leader of a cult, fills his shoes with glass before putting them on. In the event that he isn’t training to become the MCU’s Derren Brown, this introductory sequence is likely a reference to Harrow’s Marvel comic book counterpart. In 1985, Moon Knight #2, Dr. Harrow was a scientific expert on “pain theory,” which is how to block out the neural pain response. He also has an incurable debilitating condition that causes constant pain. The only thing Arthur Harrow does in Moon Knight is kill old women in small towns in the Alps. In the comics, he might have been a pain-obsessed scientist before the glass slipper ordeal, which could show that.

Loving Avatar And ‘Anime’

Avatar

Arthur Harrow talks about Ammit being betrayed by her own avatar right after he ghosts Thanos. Nervous Steven says, “What’s wrong?” “People in blue. Love that movie.” Disney now owns Avatar, which James Cameron made a big hit with in 2009. When Harrow tries to explain what he meant, he gets interrupted by Steven, who says, “You mean the show?” This joke is based on Avatar: The Last Airbender; but some fans might be offended that the show is called an anime.

Egyptian History

Thanos Prepares To Snap Wearing Iron Man’s Infinity Gauntlet

Arthur Harrow, played by Ethan Hawk, says that if Ammit had been free, she would have stopped Hitler, the destruction he caused, Nero, the Armenian genocide, Pol Pot, and more. To be left off Arthur’s list, Thanos didn’t have to get every single Infinity Stone and kill half of all life in the world. Leaving out the events of Avengers: Infinity War makes Moon Knight stand out from the rest of the MCU at this early stage. On the other hand, not mentioning the big purple guy is a good idea because it keeps Moon Knight separate from the rest of the MCU at this point.

The Layla Easter Egg

Layla played by May Calamaway in Moon Knight

He finds Marc Spector’s fake phone when he goes to look for his real one. He sees that his alter ego has been getting a lot of attention from a woman named Layla. We know that May Calamawy will play Layla, but she goes by a different name. This means that Moon Knight’s interpretation of Marlene Alraune is likely to be Moon Knight’s take on Marlene Alraune. She first appeared in a Marvel comic book in 1976. Marlene Alraune is an archaeologist who is in love with Marc Spector. Layla, who hasn’t been on screen yet, is also romantically linked to Oscar Isaac’s Marc alter ego; and it has been confirmed that she is an archaeologist.

The Crawley Easter Egg

Crawley

It’s a good sign that Oscar Isaac did a good job as Moon Knight when he spent just 10 minutes with Steven Grant. Steven’s best friend is a silent and still living statue street performer who isn’t moving at all. The golden guy, played by Shaun Scott, doesn’t say who he is. Moon Knight, on the other hand, says that he is Crawley. Donna/Donna Kraft’s name comes from Moon Knight’s adventures in the Marvel comics. Crawley’s name is based on Moon Knight’s adventures. Bertrand Crawley, a homeless man who works as Marc Spector’s informant, is the subject of this quote. He went from living on the streets to being a street performer in the same way that Donna went from working for Marc to working for Marc. Both kept the source material in mind, even though they took a different path.

Marvel’s Numerous Gods

The Ennead

According to the MCU, Moon Knight is kind of a god problem. Kevin Feige thought that the mythological gods of Earth were aliens who came to Earth in the past and became worshiped. Chris Hemsworth brought Asgard into Feige’s world. As of now, Moon Knight’s Egyptian gods look like traditional deities, not high-tech creatures from another world.

The Scarab

An Easter egg may have already solved the problem of not being able to talk to each other. Moon Knight makes a lot of references to the Ennead, which is a group of Egyptian gods that work together. Because the Ennead is based on real Egyptian mythology, Marvel comics used it in the 1950’s Marvel Tales #96. Their home was in a place called the Celestial Heliopolis; but they could get to Earth by using a gate. The gateway opened into ancient Egypt, and, like Norway’s relationship with the Asgardians, visitors became worshiped by the people who lived there. It’s possible that the Ennead could be important in live-action, based on Moon Knight episode 1.

Well, it cannot be said enough that the pilot episode for the series; is one of the best and is already at a 9.1 on IMDB. Moon Knight is now streaming on Disnet+ around the world. New Episode stream every Wednesday.