Did Moon Knight's New Episode Just Tease a Thor 4 Plot Point?

By Pierre Chanliau Posted:
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It should be common knowledge to most by now that Christian Bale joined the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder as its villain, Gorr the God Butcher. Now, with Gorr as the main villain, it's unlikely for audiences to only see him fighting Thor and the other Asgardian survivors without witnessing his path of carnage against other gods.

Gods which Marvel Studios is seemingly introducing into the Marvel Cinematic Universe at a rapid pace, almost as if to purposefully serve them up on a silver platter for the alien butcher. The panther goddess Bast was properly introduced in Black Panther, and now the Disney+ series, Moon Knight, is all about a war between gods. All of whom could appear in Love and Thunder to be killed by Gorr, except for one.

There's a line of dialogue in the newest episode of Moon Knight that may preclude Khonshu from making an appearance alongside his fellow Egyptian deities in Thor: Love and Thunder, which might work to his benefit (and health).

The Shunned Moon God

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In the latest episode of Moon Knight, Ethan Hawke's Arthur Harrow revealed to Oscar Isaac's Steven Grant that the bird-skulled god berating him, Khonshu, is an outcast of the Egyptian gods.

Harrow belittles the moon god, telling Grant, "He often throws temper tantrums, like a two-year-old," before being confirmed just seconds later by Khonshu lashing out and knocking over various objects with gusts of wind. But, the kicker is that, according to Harrow, "None of the gods respect him. Perhaps that's why he's banished."

Moon Knight, Khonshu

Khonshu's reputation isn't any better in the comics in which he constantly interferes in the mortal realm. He even attempted to take over the world, only to be defeated by his own Avatar and thrown in an Asgardian prison.

Harrow's only way to learn about such gossip was from Ammit. Unless Khonshu uncharacteristically admitted his poor status among his fellow gods to his former Avatar. Considering that, Ammit must have been imprisoned in her tomb after Khonshu had already been banished by the other gods who "betrayed" her.

Khonshu Moon Knight Comic Panel
"Moon Knight" (2021) — Issue #1

It means that Khonshu has been kicked out of the Ennead for centuries, and left to wander Earth to jump from Avatar to Avatar to dispense what he sees as "real justice" in the world. Maybe Khonshu does it to redeem himself in the eyes of the other deities, but the moon god might be lucky to remain banished.

          Better Banished Than Beaten

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Gorr is by far one of Thor's most iconic villains in comics, taking three Thors from across time to defeat him. But, Gorr wasn't always so powerful. When Gorr was a nobody wandering a desolate, unknown world, his life was plagued with tragedy, eventually cursing the gods for not answering his prayers.

So, fate granted Gorr a boon, as a weapon of terrible power fell at his feet, and with it, he went on a quest of vengeance to kill every god he could. For thousands of years, he exacted revenge on countless gods across the stars, whether it be killing them, turning them into slaves, or even crucifying them for every other gods to see.

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"Thor: God of Thunder" (2012) — Issue #8

Gorr's hatred against all gods knew no bounds in the comics, and that fury will no doubt be on full display in Love and Thunder when he attacks New Asgard, home to the last of the Norse gods. But, there are other gods on Earth—whole pantheons of them for Gorr to butcher.

It's already been revealed by Russell Crowe that he will be playing Zeus, and actress Akosia Sabet was found on a listing as the Wakandan goddess Bast. Not to mention, Moon Knight revolves around a war between Egyptian gods, so Marvel Studios is obviously filling up the universe with deities for Gorr to slaughter.

After all, most of these gods have homes or dimensions where they live, such as Mount Olympus or the Egyptian gods' pocket dimension, Celestial Heliopolis, from which Khonshu was presumably exiled. So to someone like Gorr, places like New Asgard are just cesspools of gods for him to slaughter.

However, a lonely moon god who's using a human as an Avatar to fight criminals on the street? Hardly a god on Gorr's immediate radar, especially when there's a whole home of Egyptian deities that might as well be gift-wrapped for the alien heretic to butcher.

So, the God of Vengeance should probably count himself lucky he was banished; otherwise, he might have been prey to Gorr's own brand of vengeance. It may also work to Khonshu's advantage too. After all, if the Ennead is left with empty seats, who is left to fill one, or all of them, but Khonshu himself?

Fans will know for sure which gods die at Gorr's hand when they see Thor: Love and Thunder in theaters on July 8.

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- About The Author: Pierre Chanliau
Pierre Chanliau began as a news & feature writer for The Direct at the site's launch in 2020. As a longtime reader of superhero comic books, Pierre's knowledge of Marvel and DC is extensive, informing his reporting and editorial pieces regarding the MCU and DCU.