Does Marvel's Moon Knight Deserve a Season 2?

Does Marvel's Moon Knight Deserve a Season 2? ...

This Moon Knight article contains spoilers.

Why would we be in Cairo otherwise? In a viral TikTok video with director Mohamed Diab, Oscar Isaac expressed optimism that a new season of Moon Knight might be in the works. After all, since the first season ended its run in May, there has been no clear indication of what the future holds for Marc Spector, Steven Grant, and Jake Lockley in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Many wondered if the series would return for a second season, given the lack of any clear connection to the MCU's other characters and the single-season agreement signed by Isaac. However, the video and Diabs' decision to include it in the second season of Moonknight? appear to indicate that Marc Spector and his many personalities might indeed return to television screens.


Is it a good thing? The Fist of Khonshu received high ratings during its run on Disney+, but its reception was decidedly mixed, including here at Den of Geek. Weekly reviews expressed displeasure, and even I, the series' biggest defender on Marvel Standom, had to admit that the final episode failed to meet expectations.

What Went Wrong in Moon Knight Season 1?

May Calamawy, the Spectors' ex-husband, embodied a lot of good things in Moon Knight, beginning with Isaac, the best actor working today. Where Laylas's mother grew up in a complicated and dynamic figure, Calamawy transformed the character into a complex and dynamic hero in her own right.

Egyptian filmmaker Diab would take a break to record something rarely seen in Western series, such as a wedding ceremony and local cuisine. Moon Knight is a true MCU story set apart from other movies that take place either in New York or outer space.

Despite these qualities, the series got off to a shaky start by focusing on Steven Grant, reimagined here as a bumbling English museum worker. In addition, the storytelling decision placed the more action-oriented Marc Spector identity in the background, making Marc a side character in his own story. Furthermore, the producers' choice to dramatize the change in identities as cuts to black meant that key action moments, including the climactic battle in the finale, happened off-screen.

Moon Knight developed the same issues as many Marvel shows, going longer than the length of a film, but not dedicating enough episodes to properly tell the story. As a result, Moon Knight often felt too tardy, taking its time to watch Steven play around while hurrying through the final two episodes for significant character development.

What Should Moon Knight Season 2 Be About?

Despite these significant issues, the second season of Moon Knight would give Marvel an opportunity to correct its shortcomings and build on the premise. Marc and Steven conclude the season by establishing a sort of equilibrium that eliminates the need for storytellers to shortchange the former and emphasize the latter. Furthermore, with Layla becoming the Scarlet Scarab, she may be more active in the story without being subordinated to Spector and Grant.

The first season covered most of its basic plotlines, yet several others remain. Most recently, the post-credit scene revealed the existence of a third personality, the violent Jake Lockley, who is still in Khonshus service. A second season might operate as a buddy comedy, in which Marc and Jake conspire to free themselves from Khonshu for good.

If Lockley ends up in the Thunderbolts, the dark Avengers that ContessaValentina Allegra de la Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has been assembling throughout Phase 4, the series largely remained separate from the rest of the MCU. However, if Moon Knights' comic book adventures are any indication, it would be fun to watch other characters (or the rogues of the Thunderbolts) try to relate to Marc and Steven.

A final point is the issue of villains. Despite the fact that Ethan Hawke was chosen to play the character, no one believes Arthur Harrow to be Moon Knight's greatest foe. In fact, the character appeared in only one comic book issue, and in a completely different form. That leaves plenty of other notable Moon Knight antagonists to explore on screen.

The main antagonist for Moon Knights is Raoul Bushman, Marc's former mercenary boss, as seen with the Mandarin in Shang Chi. Marvel knows how to transform a shambles-prone character.

But Does Moon Knight Deserve a Second Chance?

While a second season may be appealing, the real question remains: should Moon Knight be allowed to return? Some may argue no, suggesting that we are beginning to notice the signs of superhero fatigue, which is fueled in part by the numerous films and shows Marvel releases every year. On the other hand, a Moon Knight second season might take resources away from another character who deserves a second chance in the spotlight.

Although I wish to see other lesser-known Marvel heroes like Wonder Man and the Great Lakes Avengers make it into the MCU, I think Moon Knight has a lot of potential to be ignored. Leaving aside the fact that he is played by Oscar Isaac, Moon Knight offers a unique opportunity to examine mental health through a superhero lens. Wherever you may be looking at you Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Moon Knight demonstrates that different is not the same as broken.

It remains to be seen if Diab and other Moon Knight creators can craft a television series that honors those ideas. However, with so much potential to do something completely different, it would be a shame if Disney didnt give it a shot.

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