‘Moon Knight’ wants to revolutionize the Marvel series. For that you need more than good intentions

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At this point in the game, almost fifteen years after the premiere of ‘Iron Man’, with three phases and a peak of movies and a good handful of series, We have already become accustomed to seasoning everything that comes from Marvel with a pinch of salt and skepticism.. Not only is it not possible for each new release to be a before and after in the audiovisual universe they have built, but it doesn’t even try to be.

The new ‘Moon Knight’ comes with the labels of revolutionary and never seen before in superheroics. The first promos leave aside the capes and masks to show us some paranoid nightmares in which Oscar Isaac has terrible personality disorders in which he may or may not be involved in a kind of guru played by Ethan Hawke. Everything is hidden under the mantle of the Moon Knight, in a convoluted story of jumping identities in which the Egyptian god Khoshu is also involved.

We have had access to the first four episodes of the series that this week lands on Disney +, and it is true that at its start, the series plays (and has fun making you participate in it) with the viewer’s dizziness. Oscar Isaac does everything on his part to spice up the identity fluctuations of his character, with accent shifts, personality twists, and some excellent physical acting work, bringing to life (to begin with) a loser who works as a museum shop attendant and is incapable of maintaining a modicum of social interactions. Thanks to his talent for body comedy and his undoubted charisma, the start of the series, a roller coaster of jumps in space and time, is made fun and digestible.

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However, what could be interesting about this approach, the possibility of creating a Marvel hero in an absolute gray scale due to his fluctuating identities, does not come to fruition here because Marvel does not know how to give up the eternal temptation to create lovable characters. , close and with whom to identify. The chase in the ice cream truck, with a lot of humor and while a pop anthem plays, is the best example of the imbalance between those ambiguous and dark intentions and what the series ends up giving us.

Moon Knight, an antihero with possibilities

But this is not a lost opportunity, like the second installment of ‘Wandavision’, when humor and experimentation were abandoned, or a lazy replica of what was seen in the movies, like ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’. ‘Moon Knight’ has enough potential to give the occasional surprise, and in fact, he already has one in tow in its fourth (of six) chapters.

It is interesting that Marvel has set aside here the ambition to integrate everything into the MCU, and except for a very punctual and almost cryptic nod, this hero who is more Batman than Avenger belongs to his own microverse. Without a doubt, that gives the series more slack, fewer restrictions and also more narrative freedom: it can attend to the needs of its own story, and not the obligation to build bridges to half a dozen other narratives.

‘Moon Knight’ shines, therefore, when moments are glimpsed that, indeed, we had not previously seen in the MCU: Oscar Isaac’s interpretation(s) are somewhat freer than usual. and although the episodes directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are a far cry from experimentation and daring of his best films (magnificent pieces of minimalist science fiction like ‘Resolution’, ‘Spring’ or ‘Infinity’), a minimum of sharp narrative is glimpsed, which is not in fun but basic series like ‘Loki’ or ‘Ojo of Falcon’.

The best moment of these four initial chapters is in a detailed, slow and symbolic esoteric preamble in the first chapter, where we see in detail the preparation of a mysterious ritual. If all ‘Moon Knight’ had shown that sensitivity all the time we would be facing a much more suggestive series. But of course, then we would not be talking about the latest Marvel bombshell.

At this point in the game, almost fifteen years after the premiere of ‘Iron Man’, with three phases and a…

At this point in the game, almost fifteen years after the premiere of ‘Iron Man’, with three phases and a…

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