Oscar Isaac is brilliant, but can’t save Moon Knight’s finale or the story

The Moon KnightThe finale is here Disney PlusThis is the conclusion of the new MCU origin story. And if one thing is clear, it’s that Oscar Isaac deserves more screen time in Marvel’s universe. He’s been brilliant during the entire show, having to play different personalities and their superhero variants. The episodes 4 and 5 are highlights, but Isaac was brilliant from the start. We can’t but wonder how his Moon Knight would interact with the rest of the Avengers in some sort of epic crossover.

However, Moon Knight story isn’t perfect, and the finale only exacerbates the problem. This story is too long for an origin series, especially when you consider Marvel’s handling of it. Not to mention that the finale is even shorter than we’d have expected. Before we begin, it is important to know this. Massive Moon KnightSpoilers below.

Oscar Isaac isn’t the only Moon KnightHighlight

Marc and Steven can be watched getting along or not all day. Add Jake into the picture, and there’s a whole new level of crazy to explore. It feels almost like Moon KnightOnce you see the brilliance of the post-credit scene, you’re just scratching the surface. There’s also a problem with it, which plays into the show’s plot issues.

Then there’s the amazing experience of having Marc and Steven work together in the Moon Knightfinal and seamless switches between them while fighting Arthur Harrow. (Ethan Hawke).

Let’s not forget about Layla (May Calamawy), who is more than just a romantic sidekick to Marc/Steven. She represents the normal mortals, the people in the MCU, who have the opportunity to interact with both gods and super heroes. Who will choose when and how they intervene. Who can be their own superhero? They are the type of superheroes that inspire others.

Episode 5 of Moon Knight: Taweret requires notes to explain the afterlife for Marc (left) & Steven (right). Image source: Marvel Studios

Add the direction that highlights the brutality of the fights without going overboard with the violence, the visuals, and the music, and you end up with a unique MCU story that doesn’t have a rival.

But the story has problems, and that’s the problem with the Moon Knight. It’s too ambitious for Marvel’s style. It’s missing exposition that would fix some of the plot holes I’ve started pointing out since episode 3. It has the same problems as other MCU TV shows. Marvel drags on with the twist, then rushes to wrap up everything in the last two episodes.

The plot issues are made worse by the ending

I highlighted some of the sloppy plot holes in episode 3 and suggested that Marvel should give us more details so we can better understand this Egyptian mythology. It was impossible to understand the Egyptian gods and their avatars. The way Khonshu used his powers to manifest them was more logic-defying that the flawed council of gods.

Episode 4 gave me reason to believe that perhaps this is just a vivid dream. Maybe Marc and Steven are Moon Knight and Mr. Knight, but they haven’t necessarily lived through the events in the first half of the season. My hopes didn’t last long, as episode 5 explained everything, teasing that the Moon KnightFinale will bring back Marc and Steven, so that they can face off against Harrow.

Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow in Marvel Studios'  Moon Knight
Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow in Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight. Image source: Marvel Studios

However, the ending delivered many inconsistencies that were too annoying to just ignore.

The first episodes revealed that Khonshu was inaccessible to Marc and all others except him. The Egyptian gods were suddenly visible to more people. It all starts with Ammit. Khnonshu then comes to our attention. Not to mention that they grow in size significantly, which means they’re visible from all over Cairo.

Moon KnightQuestions that need to be answered

Yes, the Avengers should be there, especially considering that one god is capable of swallowing souls and the other looks like death. We’ve already explained how Marvel could have fixed this big Avengers plot hole with the Moon Knight finale.

And why does Khonshu look like he’s been dead for millennia while Ammit is in perfect condition?

Furthermore, if people can see Ammit and Khonshu, why doesn’t Taweret show up?

May Calamawy as Layla El-Faouly in Marvel Studios' Moon Knight.
May Calamawy as Layla El-Faouly in Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight. Image source: Marvel Studios

On that consistency note, Ammit grows in size as her body absorbs energy from dead. We know that these people were sent directly to Egypt from episode 5. Khonshu eats the people to increase her size. How can she replicate her body without consuming the same amount of energy? Is this a sign that the moon god is more powerful? Ammit, in which case, is Ammit sweeping the floor with him.

The finale doesn’t have time for that

On that note, why can’t Khonshu just kill Harrow at the end? He needs an avatar to accomplish this feat.

And how come the other gods can’t come to the rescue? As we saw in episode 3, they have avatars that can travel to the pyramid from anywhere on Earth.

When Harrow inevitably kills them in the finale, why aren’t the other gods in a hurry to save the day? Why aren’t they taking over other avatars to join the fight near Cairo? Why don’t they take over other humans to simply warn the Avengers?

The Moon Knight finale doesn’t have the time to address these questions. There are acceptable answers to most questions that can be answered with a few more minutes of dialogue by some characters.

Oscar Isaac as Moon Knight in Marvel Studios' Moon Knight.
Oscar Isaac as Moon Knight in Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight. Image source: Marvel Studios

These gods are so stupid! After all, we saw them hold a mockery of a trial in episode 3, where anyone with an internet connection would have discovered Harrow’s massive Ammit cult and the threat that he can become. And what was Ammit’s endgame? Thanos (Josh Brolin), had at least a plan.

It is amazing that two avatars are sufficient to cast a spell that effectively decimates a huge Egyptian god.

The final question is: How did other superpowered beings let this happen? As I mentioned, I dealt with the Avengers plot issues in another post. But the question is crucial. Harrow was able to be held in a mental facility rather than somewhere you lock up the most dangerous security threats.


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