This week on Disney+ moon knightSteven and Marc both went on a literal and psychological journey, as Taweret (the talking hippopotamus!) forced them to confront the dark truth of Steven’s origin. And along the way, it seems we briefly met a second edit…?
After a brief clip from a watery cave, a boy’s cry, and a grumbling woman, “It’s all your fault!”, we find ourselves in a different version of last week’s asylum, where Dr. Harrow tries to explain to Marc that he did it. not “shooting” him, but rather the patient’s mind wavers between common sense and nonsense. Harrow insists they are at Putnam Medical Facility in Chicago, not in Egypt, and that Marc does everything he can (stories of a talking rhinoceros!!!) not to “look inside”. Harrow posits that Marc uses the “principle of organization”, building places where his struggling mind can seek refuge. When the doc pushes Marc to keep telling him about a “boy”, Marc boldly gets up in his chair and grabs a sharp clipboard from the desk. With a New York accent — that of the comic book character’s third personality, taxi driver Jake Lockley? — he praises the doc’s work and claims, “I feel like a million bucks,” before orderlies rush in to calm him down.
We’re then back with Marc and Steven and Taweret (voiced by Antonia Salib), who assures the men, “You’re quite dead” and now on our way to the kingdom of the Duat – literally so, as they next appear on the deck of an Egyptian ship that “sails” through the desert of the Egyptian underworld, towards (hopefully) the field of reeds. But first, Taweret says as she tears the men’s hearts from their breasts, their pomps must be weighed against a feather on the scales of justice; if the balance is not found, they will be thrown overboard to be consumed by the Duat. When the Libra refuses to commit one way or the other, Taweret says their hearts aren’t complete, so they must head inside the boat – where all their memories are stored – and “show up.” the truth”.
Stepping inside the room, and as Marc worries that Layla is somewhere about to embark on a missing suicide against Harrow, the men wander from door to door, glancing at inside everyone’s window to memories of Moon Knight slaying the jackal at the museum… Kohnsohu spinning the night sky… and what appears to be one of them standing by a New York cab, though neither can place this memory. (Another Jake sighting?) When they find themselves in a cafeteria full of dead people, Marc and then Steven realize that it’s everyone the first has killed – “criminals, murderers, predators, the worst of the worst – during his time as merc. Steven notices the wobbling scale beginning to slow, suggesting their journey is working, just as a young boy at the door catches their eye…
Steven follows the boy through a doorway into a suburban backyard, where Marc’s mother, Wendy (Next‘s Fernanda Andrade) works the grill. Young Marc leads his little brother, Randall, on a jaunt to a local cave, and adult Steven follows. Randall says their mother wouldn’t be too happy with that lark, and sure enough, the drizzling water fills up and rises too fast in the cave, resulting in Randall drowning. We realize the sad fate of the tyke as Steven then visits his mother, his father Elias (The first one‘s Rey Lucas) and other seated shiva. Indeed, Wendy is so bitter that we see her blowing up Marc’s 10th birthday party, while at the age of 12, she shows up in a acid mood, declaiming how Marc was “always jealous” of Randall. “I should have known you would do something like that!”
When young Marc rushes to his room, adult Steven tries to follow him, but adult Marc anxiously grabs him and the men are then seen on a city street, where teenage Marc steps on his father and their fractured family. Suddenly, Marc and Steven find themselves in a desert strewn with corpses, which they both realize is the site of the massacre where Marc was discharged from the army due to his mental illness and works as a mercenary under his former commander, Bushman. – was ordered to eliminate all witnesses, including Layla’s father. A temple appears nearby, and the men approach and watch as Mark, badly injured and suicidal, drags himself to the foot of a statue of Khonshu. But before he could end his life, Khonshu screamed: “I am looking for a warrior, to be my hands, to be my eyes, to be my revenge, my last word against evildoers!” Fascinated by Marc’s “broken” spirit, Khonshu considered the mercenary “a worthy candidate to serve me”. And as Steven observes to Marc that Khonshu was manipulating/taking advantage of him from the start, we see in flashback Marc accept the shady deal and experience his first transformation into Khonshu’s Moon Knight.
Sensing a disturbance, Marc and Steven rush to the deck of the ship, where Taweret reports that the Unbalanced Souls are being judged prematurely and en masse (presumably by Harrow/Ammit). Marc and Steven beg Taweret to find a way to help them break free/reconnect with Khonshu, help Layla, and thwart Harrow’s plan. Knowing that Osiris won’t like him one bit, Taweret steers the ship into a hard 180, then urges the men to get inside and finish balancing their ladder. Steven wants to enter young Marc’s room, but Marc doesn’t accept it and he starts shouting, “I won’t!” You can’t force me to do this! while slapping herself again and again. He then reappears in Harrow’s office in Chicago, where the doc praises Marc for reliving his traumatic memories. Harrow then asks the million dollar question, “Do you think you created Steven to hide from all the horrible things you’ve done?” Or did Steve create Mark punish the world for what your mother did to you?
Before Marc can answer, he and Steven appear in the nursery, where Mom angrily knocks on the door and young Marc cowers in a corner. The boy’s eyes roll back and he transforms into “Dr. Steven Grant”, as in the British hero of the Tomb Buster film whose poster is on his wall. Mom then bursts in, grabs a nearby belt and walks towards the child, which means hurt….
Back in the room, Steven, who always imagined himself to be the main personality, lashes out at Marc for creating him to serve as a kind of “stress ball”. Marc retorts that at least Steven was able to experience a happy life, the one in which he believed their mother was alive. Steven is startled by the suggestion that the mother he talks to every week is no more, and then we see him throw a glass of water in Dr. Harrow’s face. As Steven reviews Harrow’s “doctor” setup – complete with framed diploma, “Ned Flanders” mustache and all – Harrow explains that Marc checked himself into the hospital after his mother died. When Steven disputes this fact, Harrow dials the phone and offers to put Steven on the phone with his mother. And at that moment, facing the handset, Steven recognizes through tears: “My mother… my mother is dead. We then go to the shiva for Wendy, where Elias spots his son on the street, taking a sip from a flask. Marc, however, refuses to enter, muttering, “I won’t give you that satisfaction.” He then collapses sobbing in the middle of the street, pounding the sidewalk and the yarmulke he just removed from his head, all in front of Steven’s eyes. Marc’s eyes then roll back and he turns to “Holy shit, not again!” Steven, who quickly calls his mother to declare himself “lost” again….
Afterwards, Marc admits to Steven that he couldn’t cope with everything he had done, and Steve assures his Quirk that what happened to Randall “wasn’t your fault, you weren’t was just a child”. They are interrupted by the shaking of the bridge as the ship heads for the gates of Osiris. Taweret reports that their scales will never be balanced and she cannot stop the inevitable. Dead figures from Marc’s past climb out of the Duat and onto the ship, and Marc does his best to fight them off. In the end, however, Steven realizes he has to step in, so he grabs a bat and begins pounding the corpses into the sand. And just when it looks like their job is done, another figure sneaks up and grabs Marc, but Steven dives on it and falls overboard with it. And though Steven then gets up and tries to catch up to the ship, he petrifies into stone – while Marc suddenly finds himself standing peacefully in the idyllic Reed Field.
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