Marvel breaks with the concept of good in ‘Moon Knight’

Marc Spector has just made his triumphant appearance in moon knight and also his twisted journey between good and evil. The second chapter of the Disney + series has been a vertiginous journey through the entire mythology of the classic character. Also a look at his twisted mirror game. It became clear that Spector has a difficult debt to settle with Khonshu, but also has a twisted concept of morality. As the avatar of the Egyptian god he must exercise his will and face evil as the deity conceives it. That includes facing Harrow, avatar of the goddess Ammit, and avoiding her punishment for so-called “wrongs not committed.”

In its second episode of this Marvel series, the show’s plot took a fair amount of time to explain such subtleties. In particular, because the plot showed several of the essential points to meet the central character. From his ability to summon “the suit” of Khonshu’s fist, to his relationship with the mysterious divinity. Each piece of information seemed to fit together in what seems like a larger narrative about a complex mission that is not yet fully revealed. What did become clear is the way in which Spector faces evil in moon knight. This is not a common nuance, and in fact, one of the most interesting moments was delving into justice in a supernatural world.

As if that wasn’t enough it became clear that Harrow is essentially linked to Khonshu. Which also makes the version about fighting for good in a setting of enigmatic forces more and more peculiar. Harrow and Spector, a mirror of each other, are linked in what seems to be a fight of deities that it is possible to assume from the human thanks to them. Also a haunting journey through the darkness beyond Spector’s abilities and the power of his nemesis. What are you really fighting against? moon knight And how much does Khonshu need from him to do it?

Two sides of the same coin

The second episode made clear several elements of considerable interest in understanding Marc Spector. To begin with, as it happens in the comic, he was shown as the avatar of a deity who tries to impose justice in the world of men. Do it, confronting and murdering criminals. But with one caveat: the crime for which he is being punished must already have been committed. On at least two occasions, Khonshu’s imposing figure makes it clear that he only punishes “those who deserve it”. And he goes so far as to point out that exercising his right to “confront evil” of those who have committed crimes or dedicate their lives to evil.

The idea turns Spector into an executioner arm whose only limit is the will of the god, something that was also made clear. In one of the most chilling scenes of the chapter, Spector tries to explain to his weaker personality what is happening. And he explains that he must “execute and do it with blood” to pay off the debt to the Egyptian moon god, to whom he owes his life. In the same way as the comic, evil for Khonshu is related to the desire to destroy and transgress the natural order of good. And what is good for the god? The idea is not fully clarified, but it is certainly related to the deity’s conviction of a balance between darkness and shadow.

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