Fans have long wanted Marvel Studios to tell darker stories with its heroes. That’s one of the main reasons why the older Netflix shows such as Daredevil or Jessica Jones were such a hit. The topics they tackled were far more mature than what a mainstream MCU film would be able to handle (given the targeted audience). With the studio's latest Disney+ series, Moon Knight, the current MCU has now started to dip its metaphorical feet into the darker end of the pool.
The show has impressed audiences with the topics it has addressed and the brutality of the action—even if it doesn’t reach the same bloody heights as the Netflix stories.
Oscar Isaac’s project explores much more than just violence. Its main subject matter is Dissociative Identity Disorder, a condition that the main character struggles with in the form of his multiple personalities: Marc Spector, Steven Grant, and at least one mystery persona.
With how the latest episode ended, the story looks to be heading into quite a dark place. Looking back at some older news and information, fans might be able to get a picture of just what that may entail.
Moon Knight Casting Hints at Flashbacks
Marc's dad has yet to appear in Moon Knight's first four installments, meaning that at some point during the next two episodes, fans should be meeting Marc's father in flashback scenes.
Before the series launched, Oscar Isaac also teased that the current Disney+ story was going to explore some “really intense childhood drama.”
In the comics, Marc Spector started manifesting multiple personalities at a young age following a traumatic experience involving a man who had close ties to Marc's father, Elias.
At this point in Moon Knight’s run, after connecting all the dots and considering that actor Rey Lucas is around the same age range as Isaac, it’s safe to say that fans should be expecting some traumatic flashback scenes in relation to Marc’s origin and overall past in Episode 5 and/or 6.
Marc Spector’s Tragic Past
So when will these scenes take place? It’s a good guess that it will have something to do with the psychiatric ward the titular character found himself in at the end of last week’s endeavor.
If that’s the reality of his world, then their therapy with Marc could easily invoke horrifying childhood trauma. But then, if that entire place is in his head, maybe facing his past is the only way to mend Spector’s spirit to return to the land of the living.
Either way, audiences will be getting some backstory for Marc Spector and possibly Steven Grant too. Hopefully, some of that will also answer the question: just how long has he been dealing with his alternate personalities? And do Marc's many identities predate his meeting with Khonshu?
With only two episodes left, fans better strap themselves in—it’s going to be a wild ride.
Moon Knight is currently streaming on Disney+.