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Moon Knight’s Finale Makes It The Shortest Finale Of All The MCU Shows

For viewers all over the world, Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight has been a crazy ride. Viewers have been following Oscar Isaac’s Steven Grant as he discovers he shares his body with a second person, that he is possessed by an Egyptian God, and that he may be going insane. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and Marvel Studios appears to have delivered yet another hit. The truth about Marc Spector and the events that gave birth to his Dissociative Identity Disorder was finally revealed in the most recent episode. However, for many, the instalment came to an abrupt conclusion.

After all, the series still appears to have a lot of ground to cover. Marc must be resurrected; Khonshu must be set free; Harrow must be defeated; Layla must be reunited with her—the list seems endless. With so much to cover in the finale, one may expect the sixth episode to be a touch long. Surprisingly, it appears to be the exact opposite. The next Moon Knight conclusion will be 42 minutes long, according to industry insider Amit Chaudhari, which means it will run about 44-45 minutes on Disney+ in the United States and other areas with subtitles and closed caption credits.

Not only will this be the shortest Moon Knight episode yet, but it will also be the shortest of all the live-action MCU show finales to date, shattering Loki’s record. Here are the finale runtimes of every other Marvel Studios series on Disney+ in the United States for those keeping track. It should be noted that several regions’ episodes have subtitle and closed caption credits that are not included in pre-release run times. Even with the extra two to three minutes, Moon Knight’s finale is still the shortest of any live-action MCU show’s finale to date.

Will Short Runtime Sabotage The Pace?

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.

The Disney+ projects from Marvel Studios have a habit of faltering in their finales. Even Hawkeye, whose finale was quite strong, had entire elements stumble like Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin. Both WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had faulty final hours.

With so many loose ends to tie up, can Moon Knight’s authors possibly provide a satisfying conclusion? Will Harrow be remembered as one of the best MCU villains, or will his story come to a chaotic finish, if not a complete halt? Will Oscar Isaac’s solo series finally reveal the long-rumored Jake Lockley, or will it be another Mephisto scenario? It’s easy to be concerned about everything. Given the numerous loose ends that need to be tied, this is understandable.

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Since the studio began making them with WandaVision premiering first last year, fans have been anticipating the thrilling conclusion to one of Marvel’s best TV episodes. They are concerned, though, about the season finale’s significantly shorter runtime.

Moon Knight’s final episode, according to speculations, will be 45 minutes long. This makes it the shortest episode of the season, and fans fear that it may result in a rushed conclusion to many of the plots presented earlier in the season.

In comparison, all of the other Disney+ shows are nearly 50 minutes long, with the Hawkeye series being the longest at over 60 minutes. These Disney+ Marvel shows have been able to have dignified endings thanks to the longer season finales, with many of them concluding most plotlines while leaving some open for the future.

Here are the shows with their runtimes for the finale:

WandaVision: 51 minutes

Loki: 48 minutes

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: 53 minutes

What If…?: 37 minutes

Hawkeye: 62 minutes

The Fans Share Their Thoughts

Oscar Isaac

After hearing about the 45-minute runtime speculation, Marvel fans were eager to express their excitement and fears for the upcoming Moon Knight finale:

I’m concerned about the #MoonKnight finale. It has a lot of work to complete and finish. This show, in my opinion, should have been longer. Although Episode 5 is my favorite, it does not do a good job of setting up next week’s conclusion. I don’t want it to come across as rushed.

I’m concerned about the #MoonKnight finale. It has a lot of work to complete and finish. This show, in my opinion, should have been longer. Although Episode 5 is my favorite, it does not do a good job of setting up next week’s conclusion. I don’t want it to come across as rushed.  — Matt Ramos (@therealsupes)

Another fan expressed his hopes, saying,

“I don’t want to see merely Moon Knight and Khonshu wake up and fight all the army, then Harrow ends up in a cop car just because he needed to.Yes, I hope so as well. I don’t want to watch Moon Knight and Khonshu wake up and fight all the troops, only to have Harrow wind up in a cop vehicle because he needed to” — Jessy Araiza (@JessyAraiza3)

As one fan wisely observes:

So they have to revive Marc, bring Steven back, liberate Khonshu, release Hammit, show us who the third personality is, figure out who replaced the fish at the start of the series and invited the woman from the trip to dinner, and make peace with Layla… — Kratos 25 (@PalciniGiacomo)

It’s unclear whether the Moon Knight season finale will cover all of the major plot points. However, it’s possible that some of them will be left unresolved for the cast and crew to pick up later, and it’ll be intriguing to see if the program can close on a high note when Episode 6 airs on Wednesday.

Audiences, on the other hand, have no idea what their strategy is yet—these 42 minutes may easily be the perfect conclusion to the series. Fans will simply have to wait until next week to find out. Moon Knight is currently available to watch on Disney+.