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Moon Knight Season 1

The character Marc Spector / Moon Knight was to be introduced in the planned second season of Blade: The Series before its cancellation in September 2006. A potential spin-off series for the character had also been in development.[45] In October, Marvel Studios partnered with No Equal Entertainment to produce a separate television series featuring Moon Knight.[46] Writer Jon Cooksey was hired to develop the series by 2008, but it did not move forward.[47] James Gunn, the writer and director of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy films, said in January 2017 that he had discussed a Moon Knight film with Marvel Studios but did not have time to work on it;[48] he later said that he had mentioned the idea in passing to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and several others, but did not have a full pitch for such a film as had been reported on from what he initially stated.[49] Feige confirmed in April 2018 that Moon Knight would be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but questioned, "Does that mean five years from now, 10 years from now, 15 years from now?"[50]

Moon Knight Season 1

In February 2021, Feige said some of Marvel's series, including Moon Knight and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, were being developed with the potential to have additional seasons made, in contrast to series like WandaVision (2021), which were developed as limited events that lead into feature films instead.[62] A year later, Isaac referred to Moon Knight as a limited series,[10][63] while Diab was unsure whether the series would continue.[64]

The series' main-on-end title sequence was designed by Perception. The company sought inspiration from ancient Egyptian artifacts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, working with Curtis in crafting a sequence which focused on the series' dark and mysterious tone. Reflections serve as recurring imagery in the sequence, and Perception also included several Easter eggs referencing certain elements of the series.[105] Each episode's end credits feature a new phase of the moon, starting with a crescent moon in the first episode.[106]

With the series' conclusion, Richard Newby also of The Hollywood Reporter, believed the series felt "the most unfinished in terms of completing the story setup" of any of the MCU properties and called the "lacking sense of narrative completion" puzzling. He continued that despite the uncertainty of additional seasons or if Isaac would return to the role, the final episode left viewers wanting more, especially with multiple story points still able to be explored further, and Newby wondered if Moon Knight would have been better served with more episodes to reach a more satisfying conclusion and give more depth to the character and his part of the MCU.[40]

By April 2022, Marvel Studios and Disney planned to submit Moon Knight in the various limited series categories for the Primetime Emmy Awards, along with Hawkeye.[164] However, by the final episode's release in May, a promotional tweet for the episode initially called it a "series finale", before being deleted and shared calling it a "season finale", despite no indication of any further seasons. Clayton Davis at Variety noted that this change could force the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to reject Moon Knight in the limited series categories given their rules and use of past social media and interviews in determining eligibility, necessitating the studios to submit the series in the drama categories,[165] along with Loki.[164] Despite this, Davis noted Moon Knight was still planned to be submitted in the limited series categories,[165] which Disney and Marvel ultimately did.[166]

In November 2019, Feige stated that after introducing Moon Knight in the series, the character would cross over to the MCU films.[170] Diab stated in March 2022 that he felt the character would be part of the MCU for the next ten years and expressed his hope that Moon Knight would eventually get his own feature film.[64] At the time of the series' premiere, Isaac had not signed on to return as the character in future projects,[7] and by the finale, Diab and Curtis were unsure of the character's future, be it in a second season, feature film, or part of another character's property.[171] Diab hoped a potential second season would be able to film in Egypt.[27] Isaac was open to returning "if there was a story that really made sense", with Calamawy and Hawke also expressing interest in returning.[172] In August, Isaac stated that he was grateful for being able to explore the character and tell the story of this series without the burden of being locked in to future projects, adding there was an option to do more but it was not "imperative".[173] In October, Isaac confirmed that he had begun having conversations with Marvel Studios to reprise the role of Moon Knight, be it in a second season or another project. Isaac was concerned about having another story for the character that was "worth telling" and "interesting".[174]

The back half of the episode concerns itself with helping Steven start to understand that his meagre life has been a sham by way of his reflected interactions with Marc, during which time he is stalked by Khonshu. Not for nothing, I love the way Khonshu has been designed for the series, he really does look perfect! Casting F. Murray Abraham as the voice of the moon god is a masterstroke.

Over Spector's life, he kept fairly good control of his alter. One day, he was raiding a dig site in Egypt when his partner, Raul Bushman, got greedy over the money. Bushman killed a group of people including a man named Abdallah El-Faouly. Bushman then shot Spector and left. Spector crawled his way into a tomb and attempted to kill himself, Suddenly, he heard a voice that of the Egyptain god of the moon, Khonshu. The god sensed the chaos of multiple alters inside Spector and asked him if he wanted vengeance and bring justice onto bad people. Seeing that he was going to die, Spector agreed. Khonshu then empowered Spector with powers, making him his Moon Knight. Spector then met Abdallah's daughter, Layla, out of guilt and eventually married her, but never telling her about the truth.

The next morning, Grant is adamant that what happened was real. He pressures J.B. to show him that security footage from the night before. On the footage, Grant sees himself getting chased by nothing, all in his imagination. He then sees himself walking out of the bathroom and staring cold face into the camera. Afterwards, Grant is called into his manager's office and is fired for the events of last night. He sadly returns to his flat and finds a key to a storage unit. Upon arriving at the unit, Grant found the Golden Scarab, many passports, and guns. He then saw his reflection in the mirror. Spector explains that he is the avatar of Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon. He is Khonshu's Moon Knight. He then asks for control of the body, but Grant refuses and says he is going to take it to the police. As Grant runs out, he sees Khonshu in the distance. He starts running from Khonshu and exits the building. He falls down in the street where a scooter almost runs over him. The woman turns out the be El-Faouly, who tells Grant to hop on, not knowing that Spector is gone. Grant is confused, but hops on the ride with the El-Faouly.

They went to the desert and opened up the sarcophagus to find a cartonnage. Spector couldn't decipher the stars on the cloth to locate the tomb. He eventually gave in to Grant, who was able to understand it with his knowledge. However, the star patterns change overtime, so they couldn't pin point an exact location. Khonshu, the god of the moon, then told them that he could turn back the night to how it looked when Senfu created the cartonnage. He told Grant to have Spector free him because it was inevitable that the Enneads would imprison Khonshu in stone. With the help of Grant, Khonshu turned back the night sky to a point where they could find the tomb. Grant then passed out from exhaustion while Khonshu was imprisoned by Osiris and the rest of the Enneads. With Khonshu gone, Spector is stripped of his powers.

So Marvel continues to deliver more superhero shows and this time it falls to Moon Knight, a character enveloped in Egyptian culture and with plenty of hallmarks for this genre. Oscar Isaac is great in this role and he helps to elevate this series, with a solid opening chapter that sets things up nicely for the season ahead.

Operating as a mercenary in Sudan, former US Marine Marc Spector turns on his ally Raoul Bushman when the latter kills an archeologist as the man's daughter watches. After being mortally wounded by the rather nasty Bushman, Spector dies in front of a statue of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. The ancient deity revives Spector, with a mission to serve as the "moon's knight."

We return to the hall of the gods where other avatars have been gathered. After dispatching other avatars (who excel at talking but suck at fighting), Harrow is able to bring Ammit to the chamber and become her avatar. After releasing the moon god, Layla will not agree to his terms so he attempts to stop Ammit without an avatar. A god with no followers against a god with a cult behind her.

In the post-credit we finally meet Jake Lockley, who is now Italian and drives a limo instead of a cab. The assumption is that Khonshu has a deal with Jake, and he will continue to act as Moon Knight while Marc and Steven have refused to. The moon god proves once and for all that he cannot be trusted. And that as long as hyper-violent Jake wants to work, they are all stuck.

For one, it doesn't concern itself much with the MCU. This might be a boon for some and a curse for others, depending on how much you want your chocolate to touch your peanut butter. This was supposedly the draw for Isaac, who only signed on for one season, leading many to believe that not only was this a completely standalone story, but it was also a one-and-done, season-wise. Whether that turns out to be the case is unknown at this point, but the fact that, within the design of the show, Moon Knight as a costumed crusader already exists at the start of the series, and has existed as a lethal supernatural vigilante for years, is a good indicator that the show is an isolated affair. And given the special circumstances of Isaac's lead character, it makes sense why this would be a confounding, compartmentalized story. Much of it is a loop, with signals going both ways: that everything is an illusion or the illusionary aspects are part of a more devious plot meant to trick our hero. 041b061a72


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