We’re operating a recap sequence of Moon Knight on Disney+. There are spoilers, duh! You’ve been warned.
For the reason that gods locked Khonshu away in an ushabti jail, Marc, Steven, and Layla are on their very own to trace down Ammit’s resting place earlier than Arthur Harrow’s loss of life cult can launch the goddess’ judgment on the earth. However we’re all adults right here, which implies chances are high good you’ve seen sufficient installments of Indiana Jones and The Mummy to know precisely how this performs out. The heroes band collectively to unravel the temple’s mysterious puzzles, and by doing so, lead the unhealthy guys straight to the prize.
However earlier than that, Layla lastly realized the hidden reality of her husband’s mercenary life, that Marc was a member of the hit squad who murdered her father throughout a botched raid on an archeology dig website. It was Marc’s guilt for aiding and abetting that led him to the brink of suicide earlier than Khonshu “rescued” him and gave him a brand new goal: Shield the weak and ship Khonshu’s justice to those that harm them. That’s the night time Marc grew to become Moon Knight, and it’s additionally the occasion that set him on a path to fulfill Layla within the first place. The one downside is, he by no means disclosed the origins of why he crossed paths along with his orphaned spouse within the first place.
For Layla, that is each bit the mindcuss you’d assume it might be.
Full disclosure: I virtually failed out of Bible faculty. I’m not a pastor, nor do I declare to be a biblical scholar. I perceive the textual content by no means particularly permits divorce once you discover out your partner is complicit in your dad or mum’s homicide. But when God says you may divorce somebody for dishonest on you, then I’ve to think about that’s a kind of infidelity that may be arduous for any marriage to beat.
Layla has each proper to kick Marc’s patricidal butt to the curb. However that reckoning by no means totally comes as a result of earlier than Layla has the possibility, Arthur Harrow, gun in hand, swoops in and kills her husband.
The credit roll. The present is over. Marc and Steven are lifeless. Lifeless as lifeless. See you on the Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity premiere on Might 6.
However not so quick.
A sedated Marc awakens inside a psychological hospital brimming with Egyptian relics and characters from the earlier three episodes. And his therapist is an ASMR-speaking, mustachioed Arthur Harrow, who’s assuring Marc that all the Moon Knight charade is a assemble of Marc’s thoughts, as is Marc’s alter ego, Steven Grant.
The truth is, we catch our first glimpse of the O.G. Steven Grant, who’s truly the principle character of a low-budget journey sequence known as Tomb Buster, a sequence that Marc used to personal on VHS as a child. That’s odd. What are the probabilities his Steven would share the identical identify and traits as a straight-to-video film?
Marc races by means of the hospital till he finds Steven locked away in a sarcophogus. The pair make their escape till they’re blocked on the exit by a strolling, speaking anthropomorphic hippotomus. Which — as nerds like my spouse immediately acknowledged — is the goddess Taweret, protector of moms and youngsters throughout being pregnant and start.
Taweret says she’s there to usher Marc and Steven to the Discipline of Reeds (aka, the Egyptian afterlife), however their scales have to be balanced first, lest they spend an eternity languishing within the Sands of Duat (aka, the Egyptian realm of the lifeless). And in case you missed a tiny little bit of exposition throughout this half, she tells them that unbalanced souls are already “being judged or condemned to the sands earlier than their time.”
In different phrases, it seems like Ammit has already been unleashed again on the land of the residing.
This unsettling flip of occasions is all of the convincing Tawaret must make an exception by granting secure passage to Marc and Steven’s resurrection by means of the Gate of Osiris. The one situation: Marc and Steven should nonetheless stability their scales earlier than they arrive on the gate.
The remainder of episode 5 settles into what I feel ranks because the darkest emotional exploration I’ve seen in a MCU property as Steven uncovers the forgotten childhood that Marc has spent a lifetime making an attempt to hide. Due to course, the recollections had been by no means forgotten in any respect. Marc alone has borne the burden of a childhood marred by a lifeless brother and a violent mom who blamed Marc for his brother’s untimely demise. Marc is the abuse survivor who was robbed of the possibility to mourn his brother’s loss of life by each an abusive mom and an emotionally passive father who failed to guard Marc from his mom
And that’s how Steven lived the childhood Marc by no means might. He was Marc’s security web, the byproduct of Marc’s fractured thoughts, the dissociative character born to defend the tortured youngster from the persistent stress of a traumatic childhood.
So it’s no marvel Marc’s scales have by no means balanced. There’s nothing balanced about any of this.
Because the man who can pull up a Pedro the Lion lyric for any event, I’m reminded of a line from the music “Black Canyon” off 2019’s Phoenix album:
Inform them your tales
In the event you carry them by your self
The gorier the main points the extra you stroll alone in hell
Marc doesn’t carry the story by himself anymore. Steven is aware of it, and with regards to his position in Layla’s father’s homicide, Layla is aware of it, too. And since this can be a Marvel present and never actual life, that’s all it takes within the warmth of the second.
The scales stability, and Marc and Steven are able to return again to life and unleash Khonshu’s justice in opposition to Arthur Harrow and Ammit.
We finish the penultimate episode with a battle sequence because the pair battle off a horde of condemned souls breaching the ship and making an attempt to pull them right down to hell. Up so far, Marc has all the time been Steven’s protector, shielding him from the issues he felt Steven was by no means meant to see or expertise. However now a newly “balanced” Steven finds the braveness to battle off the group and return the favor, defending Marc and sacrificing his life to ship Marc again to the land of the residing.
Which signifies that for now, it’s “laters gators” for Steven as we head to the finale.