Moon Knight Episode 4 Recap, Ending Explained
The race to beat Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) at the heart of Ammit’s Tomb is kicked into high gear with the fourth installment from Marvel Studios. moon knight on Disney+.
Fresh out of Khonshu’s imprisonment by fellow ancient Egyptian gods, Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) and Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy), rappel into the depths of a legendary burial site, to discover that rotting mummies are the least terrifying things lurking in the dark, far beneath the desert sands. Bloodthirsty monsters, explosive family secrets, and the shaky foundations of reality itself threaten to derail the adventure.
***WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Moon Knight Episode 4***
After helping Khonshu (voiced by F. Murray Abraham) turn back to the night sky in an effort to locate Ammit’s grave, Steven passes out. Now is not a good time to be oblivious as a few henchmen from Harrow show up to deal with our heroes…with bullets. Recalling the actions of Alan Grant in jurassic park shortly after the T. rex escapes its enclosure, Layla ends up saving the day with an emergency flare.
Steven conveniently wakes up just as the trouble passes and the duo head out into the desert, following the star map to Ammit’s final resting place, which has already been discovered by Harrow and his people.
Marc shows up in a thoughtful way to warn Steven that he’s out of his element. With Khonshu trapped, the suit and all of the powers that come with it are gone. Marc – who suspects his British alter ego is falling for his wife – demands control of the body, but Steven refuses, citing their arrangement that he would have full control once they are no longer required to serve the deity of the moon.
Before descending into the grave, Steven reveals to Layla that Marc kept her at arm’s length because he didn’t want her to become the next Moon Knight. Layla appreciates honesty (something she doesn’t often get from her husband) and she and Steven share a bit of an awkward kiss before making their way underground. The characters are both struck with awe in the moment, and Layla gives us a bit more information about her father, who would have loved to see this with his own eyes. For him, archeology “was a dream worth dying for…and he did it,” she explains. Keep that in mind for now, it’s going to be an important background piece shortly.
As they head deeper into space – the opulence of which suggests it was built at the behest of a pharaoh (aka Ammit’s latest avatar) – Steven and Layla find signs of casings from spent bullets and blood. A lot. What exactly were Harrow’s henchmen shooting at?
The answer is revealed all too soon in the form of a zombified guardian of Ammit’s tomb, who begins the rather gruesome process of disemboweling one of Harrow’s mercenaries and placing the man’s organs in canopic jars.
Once again, the series doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable concepts and visuals in its effort to stay away from the larger MCU for now. moon knight has been a breath of fresh air for a burgeoning cinematic universe for over a decade now. Shake formula is exactly what the Heka Priest order.
Of course, the Tomb Guardian gets wind of our heroes, forcing them to part ways. Layla is attacked just off a precarious fall, but manages to survive using another of her trusty flares. Meanwhile, Steven ventures to the heart of the tomb, containing the sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, implying that the legendary Macedonian conqueror achieved such success through Ammit’s influence.
While catching her breath, Layla encounters Harrow. The villain goes straight for the emotional jugular, essentially confirming that Marc had something to do with his father’s death. Back in the burial chamber, Steven descends into Alexander the Great’s mummified throat and retrieves the ushabti containing the trapped Ammit. Layla shows up, demanding to speak with her husband.
Marc takes charge of the body and confirms that he was indeed present when his father died, but was not the person who actually pulled the trigger. His partner (most likely Raul Bushman) got greedy and shot everyone at the dig site, including Spector. Marc was supposed to die, but as we all know he was eventually saved by Khonshu. It’s a pretty good way to recap the hero’s origin story from the comics without having to show it.
Marc claims he wanted to tell Layla the truth the moment they met, but never found the words to do so. “That’s why we met,” Layla retorts bitterly. “You just had a bad conscience.” However, she doesn’t have much time to process one of these shocking revelations, when Harrow and his people show up, demanding shabti. Marc holds his own, taking out a few bad guys before Harrow pulls out a page from the IndianaJones playbook and simplifies things by shooting Marc at point-blank range.
Marc falls backwards into a dark abyss, and the episode could just ended here. From that point on, things get weird. Like really, really weird. The light and the visuals return to the screen in the form of an old serial adventure film about a famous British adventurer by the name of… Steven Grant. Wait what? The film is revealed to be shown on television in a surgically clean psychiatric ward where both Marc Spector and Layla are patients on antipsychotic medication. It looks like Marc came up with everything (from Khonshu’s look to Moon Knight’s armor), basing this wild fantasy on sketches and toys he’s seen all over the asylum.
This idea of questioning reality is a direct nod to the acclaimed moon knight comics by Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood in which Marc wakes up in a mental institution that has no record of his alleged tenure as a vigilante.
And again, the episode could ended on this massive twist, but it continues. Harrow’s “base” is revealed to be Marc’s therapist, who desperately wants to achieve some kind of breakthrough with his struggling patient. Marc has a panic, runs through orderlies, runs down the hall, and sequesters himself in a room containing a wobbling sarcophagus with a panicked person screaming to be freed. That someone turns out to be Steven, implying that Marc is currently trapped in his own mind.
Marc and Steven pause, spot another flickering sarcophagus (possibly containing Jake Lockley’s identity?) and find their way blocked by a being that cannot be Taweret, the ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility and childbirth. She seems quite friendly, but her appearance – a mix of hippo and crocodile – is enough to make Marc and Steven scream like a pair of little girls.
Maybe she can help them once they’re done screaming? But that’s a problem for next week.
Moon Knight airs on Disney+ every Wednesday. There are only two episodes left.
If you are looking for more content in the context of ancient Egyptian culture and mythology, The Prince of Egypt and the mummy animated series (inspired by the beloved 1999 film) are currently streaming on Peacock. The 1999 OG live-action The Mummy is also available on a variety of platforms.