Moon Knight Episode 3 takes Marc Spector to Egypt, the location of Ammit’s tomb. But Khonshu isn’t there to help him.
Episode 3 of MCU Moon Knight takes place in Egypt, the birthplace of Moon Knight. Marc and Layla come together to locate Ammit’s tomb. But is the duo enough capable of facing Harrow, especially with Khonshu gone?
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Moon Knight is turning out to be quite an intriguing Marvel show, one that has a prominent mythological arc. Egyptian gods, sarcophagus, tombs, scarabs, avatars, etc; all these do give the show an edge over its predecessors and help pave way for Marvel as it takes its first steps toward the supernatural genre. Moon Knight Episode 3 delves deeper into Egyptian mythology while exploring both Marc Spector and Khonshu.
Khonshu and his Sins
We already know that Khonshu was banished by the other gods i.e. the Ennead. Episode 3 makes this clearer. Firstly, we get to know that Khonshu meddled in the affairs of humanity, serving justice. And this was after the other gods (of the Ennead) were banished by humans as a result of the rise of monotheism (according to the comics). So what made Ennead feel disrespected was the fact that one of their own decision to stay back and help humanity despite being banished by them.
Furthermore, Khonshu tells Marc how signalling for an audience with the gods is basically risking their wrath. This means his manipulation of the sky by means of an eclipse. Despite being warned about it, he does it again to help Marc and Layla figure out the location of Ammit’s tomb by taking back the night sky to how it was 2000 years ago. And this he did with humans as the audience. That does sound like quite a heavy sin after all. And sure enough, he was imprisoned inside a stone by the Ennead. And speaking of which;
We now have to ourselves 7 of the 9 Gods of Ennead in the MCU. They are namely Khonshu and Ammit along with Osiris, Isis, Horus, Tefnut, and Hathor. We also probably have the 8th god who was introduced way back in 2018 i.e. Bast in Black Panther. In the comics, he is one of the members of the Ennead as well. This leaves us with the 9th only. Any guesses?
A Daughter Without a Father
Moon Knight Episode 3 gives us quite a handful about Layla, Marc’s love interest. While talking to the forger women, who clearly worked with Layla’s father too, we get to know how he too was an archaeologist and that an incident in a desert is what took his life.
Later on, Harrow reveals that Marc has had something to do with the incident that killed Layla’s father. And that it is true is evident from Marc’s expressions. It is also probably the reason why he decided to keep to himself and distance himself from Layla. Perhaps, Episode 4 will reveal more about this incident as well as Layla’s father. It can also be during this very incident that marc got his powers from Khonshu. Then, we will also see Raul Bushman, the merc who left Marc for dead.
Kang Makes His Appearance
During the first fight scene in Moon Knight Episode 3, Marc blacks out and regain consciousness. He then finds himself surrounded by the bloodied dead bodies of Harrow’s goons. Stephen states that he didn’t do it. But then the question is who? Is this the third and final personality of Marc Spector i.e. Jake Lockley?
But in the comics, he is a cab driver who collects information from the streets. He seems unlikely to have stabbed these people. So is MCU planning to improvise a new personality for Marc? That would be interesting. Or is it Khonshu’s doing?
Interestingly, Erik Voss from New Rockstars found a ‘Kang’ Easter egg i.e, Rama Tut’s crown, on the jacket of the young thug Marc was interrogating on the cliff. And furthermore, they confirmed it with their sources on Moon Knight sets who corroborated that it was an intentional Easter egg.
Midnight Man and Madripoor
When Marc and Layla are looking for Senfu’s sarcophagus, they meet Anton Mogart AKA Midnight Man. In the comics, Anton Mogart is a master thief who earned the name Midnight Man as he carried out his thefts exactly at midnight. Anton has also worked with Raul Bushman and is one of Moon Knight’s adversaries.
Bek reveals that Madripoor was the last place that they saw Layla. Madripoor, for those of us who don’t remember, is the lawless Indonesian island that we saw in MCU The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. It makes sense for Anton, a thief, and Layla, an archaeologist, to be there since the place is a Pandora’s Box for things bought and sold nowhere else on Earth. This also ties them to Baron Zemo and Sharon Carter. Have they met each other? We can only hope for the best.
Marc Isn’t Moon Knight Anymore
At the end of Moon Knight Episode 3, the Ennead imprisons Khonshu inside a stone just as they had warned. With this, Marc loses all his powers too. We see Arthur speaking to Khonshu’s stone statue. “Your torment forged me. I owe my victory to you.” These words of Harrow carry a lot of weight and there is a past attached to them.
Perhaps, Khonshu’s treatment is what left him broken with a lot of bitterness towards the Moon God. Perhaps, he traded his servitude to Khonshu for the blind faith that Ammit offered him. But to what end, we do not know yet. Perhaps, Episode 4 will have more to offer about this.
MCU Moon Knight Episode 4 arrives on April 20.