Moon Knight’s Khonshu twist sets the stage for three MCU films. Featuring Oscar Isaac as the title character, the Moon Knight Disney+ TV series is an extremely rare occurrence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; a self-contained story that avoids Easter eggs and other references. Only a bus stop poster has been used to pinpoint Moon Knight’s exact time period in the MCU. Despite this, it’s an important part of the MCU nonetheless.
As a result of Moon Knight’s Khonshu twist, for years Marvel Studios was wary of the supernatural and feared it would conflict with their science-based universe, which is why Thor treated Asgard’s magic as if it were a form of advanced science. Almost a decade later, Marvel is much more self-assured, and Moon Knight has added an entire pantheon of characters to the MCU, as well as the rich history that accompanies them. Egyptian gods in the MCU appear to operate primarily through avatars, but Arthur Harrow’s plan to “resurrect” his god Ammit suggests that they can be summoned to this world directly, allowing his deity to have direct access.
The inclusion of the Egyptian pantheon in the MCU and its history reshapes Moon Knight as a standalone story. There are other quasi-divine beings who have had an impact on human evolution for millennia, not just the Asgardians, as previously thought. Thor: Love & Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Blade are all direct sequels to this one.
It’s safe to assume that Thor: Love & Thunder, starring Russell Crowe as Zeus, will be the most obvious next step. This film will explore other pantheons that have had an impact on human history. This Easter egg in Spider-Man: No Way Home hints that Zeus will come to Earth and challenge King Valkyrie’s rule, causing political turmoil in New Asgard.
However, given that the film’s villain is none other than Gorr the God-Butcher, Zeus and the Greek pantheon are unlikely to be the only ones to appear in Thor: Love & Thunder. Because they had not helped him and his family in their time of need, Gorr grew to despise the gods and began to travel the galaxy killing gods wherever he came across. “The Gods of Egypt,” starring Christian Bale, may want to stay clear of his path because of the danger he poses to the pantheon’s gods.
Some evidence suggests that the Egyptian gods may be dragged into Gorr’s rampage, which is unfortunate. The Ennead are the most prominent Egyptian gods, but there are many others; one of the most noteworthy is the Egyptian Panther God Bastet, and a cast listing for Thor 4 suggests Akosia Sabet will play the role of Bastet in the film. As a result, there appears to be a clear connection between Moon Knight and Thor: Love & Thunder in terms of narrative.
As a Marvel character, Bastet is important because this Egyptian deity has already been effectively referenced in the MCU. The Panther God of Wakanda, Bastet, is better known as Bast, and he has had a significant impact on the fictional African country. He became the first Black Panther in honor of his great-grandfather, the great-grandfather of the Wakandan people, Bast.
She appeared to him 10,000 years ago and encouraged him to consume the precious Heart-Shaped Herb, a unique flower that had been mutated by exposure to Vibranium radiation. Killmonger, who ruled Wakanda for a short time, destroyed all of Wakanda’s Heart-Shaped Herb stock during his reign and set photos strongly suggest King T’Challa has died, so the line of Black Panthers has survived to this day.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will undoubtedly deal with Wakanda’s reaction to this cultural crisis. There has been an unbroken line of Black Panthers in their civilization, and that line has now come to an abrupt end. This problem has both a scientific and spiritual component that cannot be ignored. A true Black Panther must seek Bast’s blessing by traveling to the Ancestral Plane. Wakanda Forever must follow in the footsteps of Black Panther by embracing this mysticism in its own haunting visions. It’s possible that Bast herself will make an appearance, with Sabet possibly reprising her role.
Black Panther could be more than just a superhero; every Black Panther could be Bast’s chosen avatar, through whom the world is shaped. Moon Knight’s focus on avatars raises this possibility. As well as fitting in perfectly with the Black Panther’s central role in Wakandan culture and civilization, this would add an additional layer of mystery to the series. Bast, on the other hand, is looking for a way out of the crisis, and the Heart-Shaped Herb could be the answer.
Because of Moon Knight’s Khonshu twist, the Egyptian gods may have also laid the groundwork for Blade, the first appearance of Marvel’s premier vampire hunter. Sekhmet, another Egyptian deity, is also a revered figure in Wakanda, as Captain America: Civil War mentioned. Because she was exiled from Heliopolis by Ra as a punishment for humanity’s disobedience, many historians believe that the stories of Sekhmet are the earliest known vampire tales.
She began by killing the guilty, but soon developed a taste for human blood and began beheading anyone she came across. This could be the beginning of the MCU’s vampires; perhaps Sekhmet’s avatar, who fathered others of his kind, led to the creation of a shadowy vampire race that has so far only been mentioned and never seen. Following Eternals’ post-credits scene, Mahershala Ali voiced Blade, and his solo film is expected to begin filming in July 2022.
Because Bast and Sekhmet, two other Egyptian deities, have already been mentioned in other contexts in the MCU, Moon Knight’s depiction of the pantheon has a significant impact on the shared universe. Indeed, Marvel may have viewed Moon Knight as a priority because it would reinterpret so much of the storyline they were already dealing with. It will be intriguing to see how Moon Knight impacts the rest of the MCU, no matter what happens.