Moon Knight review – Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke bring latest Marvel TV show alive

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU to friends) just keeps expanding and now we’re into the fourth phase.

Now we’re all hoping that the global pandemic is almost done now, and with it we will almost certainly see a return to a rapid production and release schedule for Marvel shows and movies as they – along with almost the entire entertainment world – have been somewhat slowed down since March 2020 changed the way we lived for the last few years.

We’re about to see an electric pace at which the Marvel universe on-screen continues to grow with Moon Knight just the latest chapter in a 2022 story that includes other hotly anticipated releases including She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel to name nut a few.

And the great news for streamers is that almost all of the MCU is available at the touch of a button wherever you are through Disney+, including almost all of the back catalogue. So whether you’re new to Marvel or just looking to catch up on all of your favourites as the MCU marches relentlessly on, the streaming revolution has certainly made it easier than ever to be a fan of the franchise.

So, we move on to Moon Knight, a lesser known star of the Marvel world. Here’s what you need to know about the new series…

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What is Moon Knight about?

Starring Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke, Moon Knight begins with us seeing the world (well, London) through the eyes of a mild mannered museum gift shop worker. Clearly troubled, he spends a lot of time alone and does not want to fall asleep because he is frightened of what happens to him when he loses consciousness. He straps himself to his bed at night because he wants to stop himself from sleepwalking, but at the same time he really doesn’t want to go to sleep because he’s afraid of what happens when he loses consciousness.

Beyond the sinister voices in his head, he suffers from intense blackout and flashbacks to a life as an American ex-military man who has become a mercenary, called Marc Spector. Confused and frightened in the first episode we see Steven’s life spiral quickly out of control, as he is transported from situation to situation and begins to do and say things he can’t understand or control.

There’s a lot of questions at the beginning of this series, as our review (above) points out, but at the heart of it is a dark, twisty and at times comic tale that makes you want to find out what happens to Steven/ Mark/ Moon Knight next.

Is Moon Knight any good?

Absolutely, yes. As you’ll see in our full video review below, which also includes clips of the show – this is a dark and mysterious series that is in many ways quite separate from a lot of the MCU as you may know it. It’s twisted narrative and dark humour will draw in fans of the Marvel shows and movies, but will also appeal to an audience who aren’t necessarily fans of the franchise already. As you would expect from Marvel this is a brilliantly slick and well-produced show with excellent acting from the lead roles.

How can I Watch Moon Knight?

The show is available to watch wherever you live on Disney+ right now.

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Tim Glanfield

Tim Glanfield is a journalist, editor and broadcaster with more than 15 years experience writing about television, film and the entertainment business. He has been editor of RadioTimes.com, a writer for The Times (of London) and the Guardian as well as a freelance contributor to newspapers, magazines and websites across the world. He is author of the book Digital Economy or Bust: The Story of a New Media Startup and makes regular appearances on TV and radio in the UK.

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