Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight has been quite a wild ride for audiences worldwide. Viewers have followed Oscar Isaac’s Steven Grant as he came to find out he shared his body with a second person, he was possessed by an Egyptian God, and that might be going crazy. The reception has been fairly glowing across the board, with Marvel Studios seemingly delivering yet another hit.
In the latest episode, audiences finally got the backstory behind Marc Spector and the trauma that gave birth to his Dissociative Identity Disorder. However, for many, the installment ended rather suddenly.
After all, there seems to be so much left for the series to cover. Marc has to be brought back, Khonshu freed, Harrow defeated, Layla reunited with—the list seems long.
With how much the finale has to go over, one would assume the sixth episode might be a little lengthy.
Oddly enough, it looks like it’s quite the opposite.
Record-Breaking Finale Length
According to industry insider Amit Chaudhari, the upcoming Moon Knight finale will be 42 minutes, meaning it will run approximately 44-45 minutes long on Disney+ in the U.S and other regions that feature subtitle and closed caption credits.
Not only will this make it the shortest episode of Moon Knight, but it will also make it the shortest of all the live-action MCU show finales to date, breaking Loki's finale runtime record.
For those keeping track, here are the finale runtimes of every other Marvel Studios series on Disney+ in the U.S.:
WandaVision: 51 minutes
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: 53 minutes
Loki: 48 minutes
What If…?: 37 minutes
Hawkeye: 62 minutes
Moon Knight’s Conclusion May Be a Little Short
It should be noted that pre-release run times often do not include the subtitle and closed caption credits that follow many regions' episodes. Even taking this additional two to three minutes into account though, Moon Knight's finale is still far and away the shortest of any closing episode for a live-action MCU show so far.
Marvel Studios' Disney+ projects have a tendency to falter in their finales. Both WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had flawed final hours—even Hawkeye, whose conclusion was fairly strong, had entire elements stumble (see Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin).
Can the writers behind Moon Knight truly deliver a satisfying end with everything left to tie up? Will Harrow go down as one of the best MCU villains, or will his tale come to a haphazard end; possibly even a temporary stop. Will Oscar Isaac's solo series finally unveil the long-theorized Jake Lockley, or will this end up as another Mephisto situation?
It’s easy to worry about all of this. Rightly so, given the many loose ends that need tying up.
At the end of the day, however, audiences have no idea what their plan is yet—these 42 minutes could easily wrap up the series perfectly. Fans simply won’t know until next week when all is revealed.
Moon Knight is currently streaming on Disney+.