Moon Knight is the latest Marvel TV show to air weekly on Disney Plus, and to be honest, its overwhelmingly positive acceptance makes me truly connected to its main character. I also feel like I’m losing my mind.
Some critics and fans have hailed it as “Marvel’s best TV show” and has received much praise for its “freshness” compared to some of the recent doses of MCU (* cough * Black Widow * cough *). However, this has definitely not been my experience with Moon Knight to date. I had a hard time overcoming the first three episodes and found the show boring, poorly designed and, worst of all, unbearably boring.
In fact, my indifference to the Moon Knight has reached such a critical juncture that I begin to question my commitment to the entire Marvel movie universe. So far I have consciously consumed every movie and show with the MCU. Even when I felt Marvel tired, I was stuck for fear of losing some plot development or a new character that would become crucial later in the line.
However, in the wake of another disappointing Disney Plus show, I’m not sure how much I still have a stomach for this approach. Moon Knight makes me think, maybe it’s time to deal with the MCU.
Moon Knight sends me to sleep
The Moon Knight stars Oscar Isaac as a mild museum gift shop clerk who discovers he has a split identity disorder and one of his personalities is an avatar for the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu. It would be impossible to make a show with this interesting case boring.
However, the hat at Disney and Marvel because they definitely gave it a good chance. Not only are sparse action sequences mostly a mess of mild special effects and unimaginable camera work, my main problem with Moon Knight was its inability to make me care about what was really going on. in each episode.
Isaac is a fantastic actor, I can not stress enough, but even he can not make Marc Spector / Steven Grant an interesting character. Sure, there’s some innovation in Isaac putting a ridiculous British accent out of a bag of eccentric ticks, but Spector’s personal situation remains unconvincing even three episodes in the six-episode season.
The unrelated plot of the show does not help either. Between the struggles of Marc himself with his various alter egos, the central villain Arthur Harrow (a subdued Ethan Hawke) and the entire Gods of Egypt shtick, in fact, a lot is happening in the world of Moon Knight. It is a pity that so far none of them were so interesting.
Of all the MCU performances to date, Moon Knight is the one that has clearly gotten bogged down in overly intricate scenery. Even at the end of the third episode, it seems that the stakes are still being explained and it is not where you want to be halfway. Makes Loki’s somewhat messy story look like a masterpiece in comparison.
Is it just me or the Marvel TV shows were mostly meh?
Moon Knight is perhaps the worst example to date of a problem that started with Falcon and Winter Solider and has been repeated ever since. Marvel TV shows often revolve around list B, arguably often list C, heroes who face even more irrelevant villains in plots that ultimately seem insignificant to the larger MCU.
WandaVision and parts of Loki are exceptions, but Falcon and Winter Soldier, Hawkeye and Moon Knight, suffer from the feeling that the parallel works were created primarily to give Disney streaming service a desperately needed injection of fresh content, not because they were stories. that had to exist within the interconnected Marvel universe.
These MCU emissions are small, but not in a good way. Even the best of them are less vital for viewing than all but the more mediocre MCU movies. There is always the possibility that over time the events of Hawkeye or Moon Knight will be the catalyst for some huge showdown in Avengers 5, but I do not hold my breath.
That may be a hot topic, but if a show like Moon Knight had to stand on its own two feet without the immediate interest of being just an MCU member, I’m really convinced it would have failed. I mean, was Netflix’s failed superhero show, Jupiter’s Legacy, really much worse?
Things started out so promising
Maybe the reason I found Moon Knight (and other Marvel TV shows that preceded it) so frustrating is that the Disney Plus MCU experiment started out so strong with WandaVision.
The biggest advantage of WandaVision is that it played a lot as a TV show. You could not make a WandaVision movie without rewriting most of it. The story is structured around the middle of television. This is not the case with Moon Knight, which looks like a typical six-episode MCU movie with zero deductible from its budget.
It is often forgotten, but WandaVision was largely a “mystery box” series. After each episode, I vividly remember rushing through the forums to read fan theories and all the weird speculation the internet was dreaming of that week. After the public release of the first two episodes of Moon Knight, I have not yet seen the same level of speculation. And I’m not even looking for it. Sure, fans bring out their favorite moments, but there are very few things to unravel after each dose.
As noted, these are not unique topics for Moon Knight. Ever since WandaVision was released in early 2021, only Loki has come close to matching. If you include the awesome What If …? Animated series, Marvel TV averages quite a bit. A real hit, one with mostly flawed entertainment shows and four shows that did nothing more than waste my time – it was not an inspirational show.
No time to finish MCU (yet)
While my colleague has previously argued that it is time to kill the MCU permanently, I have not yet reached that conclusion. I’ve been watching MCU since day one and I still have enough affection for dozens of its characters. Also, I can not pretend that I am not interested in seeing iconic characters like Fantastic Four and X-Men in the future.
I must also mention that I am quite satisfied with the recent cinematic efforts of the franchise. Yes, Eternals was silly, but Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was silly, and Spider-Man: No Way Home made me swing amid loud noises and shed nostalgic tears. Plus, Doctor Strange at Multiverse of Madness looks like a hit, and I’ve already booked tickets for the first night.
This article is not the one I declare to be permanently parting with the MCU. I will continue to watch upcoming Marvel movies (as mentioned above) and possibly some of the TV shows (with the Secret Invasion cast, I can not miss it). But maybe it’s time for me to stop consuming what Marvel’s making without a doubt.
Maybe I don’t need to finish Moon Knight. Maybe I can avoid Mrs. Marvel or She-Hulk if the first reviews suggest more than the same. Surely it is possible to continue following the MCU without having to watch every second without failure?
I do not consider myself a Star Wars fan, but I do enjoy the weird trip to a distant galaxy. Therefore, I consume only the parts of this universe that interest me. I’m starting to think it’s time to take the same approach to the MCU.
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