Connect with us

Latest Movies

Is Khonshu Evil? Why He Really Chose Marc Spector To Be Moon Knight

Published

on

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Moon Knight‘s season 1 finale.

Marvel’s Moon Knight episode 5 revealed the exact moment that Marc Spector became the titular hero, and the finale’s shocking post-credit twist offers further insight into Khonshu’s shadowy intentions – but is Khonshu evil? He’s certainly capable of evil acts. Moon Knight episode 5 sees Marc and Steven journey through their memories and attempt to reconcile their differences through mutual understanding. In doing so, the episode reveals much about Marc’s history within the MCU show, including how he came to be Khonshu’s avatar.

Moon Knight episode 5 explores significant events in Marc’s life, including the death of his young brother, for which he felt responsible. His Dissociative Identity Disorder is shown to stem from this trauma and the abusive behaviors of his mother in the years that followed, resulting in the alternate identity of Steven Grant. Marc becoming the avatar of the Egyptian god Khonshu comes much later, when a mission in the desert goes wrong and Marc finds himself dying in Khonshu’s temple.

Advertisement

Related: The MCU’s Next Avenger Fixes Marvel’s Oldest Costume Mistake

Khonshu choosing Marc as his avatar may seem somewhat coincidental, but Moon Knight episode 5 makes it clear that the god weighed his choice carefully. It’s heavily implied that Khonshu saw Marc’s DID as something easily exploited, and manipulated him by using the nature of his childhood trauma to appeal to his moral code. What’s more, Marc’s skills as a mercenary overlap with the role of Khonshu’s avatar, making him a perfect fit for the Egyptian god.

Marc finding himself wounded in Khonshu’s temple may have been a coincidence, but Khonshu offered him the power of Moon Knight for a reason. It’s implied that Khonshu’s plan for Marc Spector begins with manipulation, with the god referencing the “pain inside [him]”. Khonshu also says that Marc’s mind is “fractured, broken” and that this makes him a “worthy candidate” for his avatar. Both Marc and Steven acknowledge this as manipulation, with Marc explaining that it was the only way he could stay alive.

Advertisement

The implication of Khonshu’s words is that he considers Marc’s DID something that will make his role as Moon Knight easier to compartmentalize. However, the added layer of manipulation is in Khonshu’s promise about protecting the “travelers of the night” and punishing “those who deserve it“, which feeds into Marc’s anger over the physical abuse he endured from his mother. This sense of personal injustice shaped Marc’s own personality, and that’s something that Moon Knight‘s Khonshu appears to use in order to manipulate Marc into becoming his avatar.

Marc Spector’s Dissociative Identity Disorder and his childhood trauma are both subtly referenced by Khonshu upon the pair’s first meeting, making them clearly significant to Marc’s role as the god’s avatar. Combined with Marc’s abilities as a mercenary – or a “warrior“, as Khonshu puts it – it becomes obvious that the god considers Marc a perfect candidate to become Moon Knight. The combination of Marc’s experiences, personality, and DID make him uniquely suited to Khonshu’s purpose. This makes the god appear a distinctly unpleasant and manipulative figure for his treatment of Marc, but the layers to Khonshu’s intentions make Moon Knight‘s story all the more enthralling and disturbing.

Related: Marvel Hints Marc Spector’s Moon Knight Origin Is Deeper Than You Realize

Advertisement

After Marc Spector became Moon Knight once more in Moon Knight episode 6, on the sole condition that he and Steven were free from servitude to the Egyptian god, Khonshu found a twisted way to keep using Marc’s body to fight his battles. Marc has a third, as-yet-unseen alter called Jake Lockley whose fits of violence during Marc and Steven’s blackouts have been a recurring theme throughout the season. And in the post-credits scene of the finale, he is seen for the first time – wielding a pistol at Ethan Hawke’s Arthur Harrow under Khonshu’s supervision.

Is Khonshu evil in Moon Knight? Khonshu must’ve known Spector had a third personality, and it’s one he can now tap into whenever he wants to subvert Spector’s will. It’s a horrifyingly manipulative tactic that means Marc and Steven will have no idea when they’re fighting crime or 70-foot crocodile goddesses, and probably marks Khonshu out as a theological Dr. Caligari – not necessarily evil, but willing to do deeply evil things to counter his own definition of “evil.” He’s one of Moon Knight‘s more complex elements, and the finale’s ending sets up intriguing threads if a season 2 ever graces Disney+.

Next: Moon Knight: Why Khonshu Hates Steven So Much

Advertisement

Season 1 of Moon Knight is available to watch in full on Disney+.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recently Posted

Jeep Meridian launched in India, Check the price, specifications and variants Jeep Meridian launched in India, Check the price, specifications and variants
Breaking News Update32 seconds ago

Jeep Meridian launched in India, Check the price, specifications and variants

Jeep India has launched its new 7 seater SUV-Jeep Meridian on 19 May. With the introduction of Meridian, Jeep aims...

Latest Movies2 mins ago

BOTW Players Reveal Their Favorite Weapons (That Aren’t Master Sword)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is filled with various weapons to discover, and a group of fans on...

Actor Kunle Remi Speaks On His Relationship With Bimbo Ademoye Actor Kunle Remi Speaks On His Relationship With Bimbo Ademoye
Breaking News Update15 mins ago

Actor Kunle Remi Speaks On His Relationship With Bimbo Ademoye

Popular Nigerian actor, Kunle Remi has revealed his relationship with his colleague, Bimbo Ademoye. Remi in a recent interview with...

Prisoner who escaped jail phones local paper to say it ‘was driving me insane’ Prisoner who escaped jail phones local paper to say it ‘was driving me insane’
Foreign Affairs15 mins ago

Prisoner who escaped jail phones local paper to say it ‘was driving me insane’

Greggor Grey called to say he was full of ‘raw, uncut emotion’ (Picture: BPM Media)A man who escaped prison called...

Manchester Arena bombing victims demand mental health reforms five years on Manchester Arena bombing victims demand mental health reforms five years on
Foreign Affairs15 mins ago

Manchester Arena bombing victims demand mental health reforms five years on

Victims say people can too easily slip through the cracks and not get the support they need (Picture: PA)Victims of...

Latest Movies17 mins ago

Doctor Strange 2’s Entire Ending Is A Plot Hole | Screen Rant

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Doctor Strange 2. For all of its box office success, Doctor Strange In The...

Veteran Journalist Petitions EFCC Over Illegal Conversion  Of Assets Veteran Journalist Petitions EFCC Over Illegal Conversion  Of Assets
Nigerian Newspaper Headlines22 mins ago

Veteran Journalist Petitions EFCC Over Illegal Conversion Of Assets

A Veteran Journalist, who is also the Olori – Ekun of Olowogbowo, Lagos Island, Prince Uthman Ademilade Shodipe-Dosunmu has petitioned...

BREAKING: PDP Approves only adhoc delegates as electorate for primaries BREAKING: PDP Approves only adhoc delegates as electorate for primaries
Nigerian Newspaper Headlines31 mins ago

BREAKING: PDP Approves only adhoc delegates as electorate for primaries

By virtue of Section 84(8) of the Electoral Act, 2022, delegates to vote at the Indirect Primaries and National Convention...

Latest Movies32 mins ago

Flash Being Slower Than Goku Is the Secret to Beating Him

A fight between DC’s Flash and Dragon Ball‘s Goku would last only a matter of seconds based on their incredible speeds, but...

EPL: Rangnick to meet Ten Hag as Man Utd seek Europa League salvation EPL: Rangnick to meet Ten Hag as Man Utd seek Europa League salvation
Sport42 mins ago

EPL: Rangnick to meet Ten Hag as Man Utd seek Europa League salvation

Ralf Rangnick will meet incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag this weekend as the German aims to bring the...

EPL: Liverpool still hoping to complete quadruple – Salah EPL: Liverpool still hoping to complete quadruple – Salah
Sport47 mins ago

EPL: Liverpool still hoping to complete quadruple – Salah

Liverpool’s forward Mohamed Salah says they are excited to still have a chance to add the Premier League and Champions...

Couple with £500,000 to spend priced out of home county by wealthy buyers Couple with £500,000 to spend priced out of home county by wealthy buyers
Foreign Affairs47 mins ago

Couple with £500,000 to spend priced out of home county by wealthy buyers

Devon’s housing market has been inflated by demand from people moving into the picturesque area (Picture: Getty/iStockphoto)A couple with half...

Apple likely to launch new HomePod by early 2023 Apple likely to launch new HomePod by early 2023
Breaking News Update52 mins ago

Apple likely to launch new HomePod by early 2023

San Francisco: Tech giant Apple is likely planning to launch a new version of its HomePod smart speaker in late 2022...

2023: Buhari’s Signature Can No Longer Win Elections – Garba 2023: Buhari’s Signature Can No Longer Win Elections – Garba
Breaking News Update52 mins ago

2023: Buhari’s Signature Can No Longer Win Elections – Garba

Former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adamu Garba has submitted that many presidential aspirants of the party who...

New affordable Infinix Note 12, Note 12 Turbo launched in India, Check price, specs New affordable Infinix Note 12, Note 12 Turbo launched in India, Check price, specs
Breaking News Update57 mins ago

New affordable Infinix Note 12, Note 12 Turbo launched in India, Check price, specs

Infinix Note 12, Note 12 Turbo has been launched under the Infinix Note 12 series in India at a starting...

Trending

x