Recap: Moon Knight Episode 3 Disney+
Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight went full IndianaJones and The Mummy (we are talking about Brendan Fraser version, of course) in its third episode on Disney+. Swapping the streets of London for the quicksands of Egypt, the latest MCU TV series delved deeper into its divine mythology as well as the relationship between Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac) and Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy).
Also, Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) found Ammit’s grave in the desert and unlike Belloq and his Nazi followers in The Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Stoic cult leader and his fanatical followers are most certainly digging in the right place. Millions of lives are at stake as the series manages to keep itself mostly separate from the rest of the MCU.
Let’s discuss everything that happened this week, shall we?
***WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Moon Knight Episode 3***
Episode 3 (“The Friendly Type”) doesn’t open with a major action set, but with a quieter character moment between Layla and a woman (her mother, perhaps?) preparing a fake passport. so that the ex-Mrs. Spector can track Marc to Cairo where he ended up at the end of episode 2. As the fake document comes together, we learn a bit more about Layla’s background.
She hasn’t been to Egypt for a decade, but there are still plenty of people who would rather she never show up in town again. It has something to do with her stealing ancient relics, though Layla has a more noble, Robin Hood-esque take on the situation. “I don’t steal,” she said. “I take them off the black market and return them to their rightful owners.” She quickly adds, “I could keep some to pay the bills.”
Fair enough. Call it a comfortable middle ground between a greedy grave robber and Indy’s “This Belongs to a Museum.” philosophy.
We also learn that Layla’s father was an archaeologist with an unorthodox way of doing his job. Something has happened to dear old Dad in the harsh, unforgiving desert – something rather painful based on the context clues – and Mom warns of the dangers of opening up old wounds (or in this case, filling the graves of loss and regret). According to the episode 3 caption, the document expert’s name is Lagaro, who, as nerdist pointed outmay be a very deep reference to a 1940s Marvel character named Dynamanborn in the time of the pharaohs.
Cut to the actual desert where Harrow and his followers used the mystical scarab to find the location of Ammit’s final resting place. Luckily, it’s still buried deep in the dunes, which means the end of the world is still a long way off. An ecstatic Harrow is informed by one of his sidekicks that Marc Spector is on their trail, but nothing can spoil this joyful moment of discovery for the antagonist who wants to nip evil in the bud before he has a chance. a chance to settle. Cool pattern, always a killer.
On the rooftops of Cairo, Marc pursues a number of Ammit’s acolytes who would rather die than give any information. Steven appears in reflective surfaces, urging Marc to show mercy where possible. The only problem? Marc keeps fainting and in one instance finds himself surrounded by freshly murdered corpses, which Steven claims he has nothing to do with. This will no doubt continue to fan the embers of a growing fan theorywho postulates that Moon Knight will eventually reveal Jake Lockley, another of Marc’s alter egos from the original comics.
With no leads left to follow, Khonshu (voiced to perfection by Oscar-winning actor F. Murray Abraham) comes up with a rather dangerous idea: he will cause a lunar eclipse, calling for a meeting of the gods and their avatars in an effort to stop Harrow from freeing Ammit. But if Khonshu – who was banished by the others long ago – disturbs the sky again, he will be trapped in a prison of stone.
This meeting of deities takes place within the Great Pyramid of Giza with the avatars of Hathor, Horus, isis, Tefnutand Osiris. The gods possess their human proxies and while the majority of them are cool, calm and collected, Isaac shows his commitment to the role with scenic dialogue like “Spare me your self-righteous threats! I’ve been banished for not abandon humanity like the rest of you!”
The other members of the council claim they haven’t abandoned humanity—they’ve simply decided not to meddle in mortal affairs, and what’s more: their avatars are just there to watch. How Eternals of them.
Either way, Harrow is summoned and turns the whole trial against Marc, claiming that Khonshu took advantage of “a man who literally doesn’t know his own name”. With insufficient evidence to convict Harrow, the villain is allowed to walk free and everyone takes their leave. It’s everyone but the avatar of Hathor who informs Mark that an individual known as Senfu has been tasked with recording the location of Ammit’s secret tomb should the gods ever decide to do so. show mercy and set her free.
Marc returns to the streets of Cairo where he asks where Senfu’s sarcophagus is. He doesn’t have much luck in this business until Layla shows up to lend a hand. However, she makes it clear that her involvement is not for Marc’s sake, but for herself and everyone who will die if Harrow is successful. Nonetheless, the two share a tender moment together, with Marc admitting he’s not good at talking about his issues. The guy is going to need some serious therapy once this is all over.
Drawing on her network of contacts, Layla learns that the sarcophagus is in the possession of a notorious collector. named after Anton Mogart. The character – who first appeared in issue three of Moon Knight’s first-ever solo run in the early 1980s – earned the nickname “Midnight Man” due to his reputation for stealing jewelry and artwork. of priceless art once the clock strikes twelve.
Marc and Layla arrive at the Mogart compound and meet the collector’s security guard, Bek, who offers the series’ first significant connection to the wider Marvel Universe when he names Madripoor (last seen in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier). Mogart allows our heroes to take a look at Senfu’s sarcophagus, which is coded with the location of Ammit’s grave, according to Steven, who demands that Marc give him control of the body. This one-sided bickering arouses too much suspicion and Marc and Layla are held at gunpoint.
Harrow introduces himself and mentions that Layla’s father was murdered. It also strongly suggests that Marc had something to do with it. Before dark secrets are revealed, a fight breaks out. Marc dons the Moon Knight costume and devastates his foes in a badass action sequence that also includes a brief appearance by Mr. Knight. Steven wants to prevent further violence, but happily relinquishes control to Marc when he is stabbed with a spear used to El Mermah (an Egyptian fencing game played on horseback).
After the dust settles, Layla tries to grill Marc on what Harrow said about his father’s death, but he deflects, stating that it was just a psychological tactic to divide them. The pair head out into the desert in hopes of solving the puzzle pieces left in the sarcophagus.
Steven takes over and, using his knowledge of ancient Egypt, draws a star map, which points to Ammit’s tomb. Unfortunately, the chart is useless without knowledge of the position the stars were in the night Senfu created the chart all those centuries ago. Given his association with the moon, Khonshu remembers every night sky that has ever existed.
The god shows a softer side to Steven, whom he has belittled and berated thus far, and asks for his help in turning back the atmospheric clock. Their combined powers do the trick, but this latest transgression cannot last. Sure enough, the other gods follow through on their threat and imprison Khonshu in a stone effigy. What this means for Marc/Steven moving forward remains to be seen. Can they still channel the armor, stamina, and invincibility granted to them by Khonshu while imprisoned? Maybe, maybe not.
Addressing the Stone Statue of Khonshu, Harrow reflects on his time as the Moon God’s Fist of Vengeance. He admits dealing with pain as a former Moon Knight gave him immense pleasure. Despite all the pain and torment Khonshu put him through, Harrow admits he needed to suffer to fulfill his true purpose in life. “I owe you my victory,” says the villain. Cut to black.
Moon Knight airs on Disney+ every Wednesday.
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. Live action from the 1999 Olympics The Mummy is also available on a variety of platforms.