Marvel’s ‘Moon Knight’ draws mixed reviews


Moon Knight, the most recent installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has officially concluded its first season which ran from March 30 through May 4. Produced by Peter Cameron under the direction of Marvel Studios, the show was released exclusively on Disney+. 

“I just watched it because it was there,” sophomore Maya Perez said. “I mean I’ve watched all of the other Marvel TV, so I thought ‘I might as well watch this too’. But it turned out pretty good so that’s nice.” 

The show is described as an action-adventure, fantasy and psychological horror. The underlying  horror themes in the show can be attributed to the background of the lead writer Jeremy Slater, who is most noted for works such as: “The Exorcist,” “Death Note” and “The Umbrella Academy.” 

“It definitely had a different vibe to it, but in a good way,” senior Petra Kohler said. “I really liked ‘Umbrella Academy,’ so I can kind of see where there are similarities and parallels between the two shows. They’re similar, but so different.” 

Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin originally wrote the character to be featured in the Marvel comics, with the Moon Knight first appearing in Werewolf by Night #32. 

“Comics and their TV shows are always going to be different,” Perez said. “It’s like the same thing with books and movies. The movies never really get it on the mark. But I feel like as long as it’s close then it’s fine. 

The details of the  origin story for the character Steven Grant is one of the aspects of the story changed to fit the television adaptation. 

“In the MCU, Marc’s childhood takes a traumatic turn after the death of his brother, which his mother blames him for,” film critic Cooper Hood said. “This leads to her physically and emotionally abusing a young Marc, which is when his Steven Grant personality is created. In the comics, Marc’s mother is not abusive and the parent he grows up to resent is his father. The traumatic event that led to Marc Spector’s dissociative identity disorder was not the death of his brother, either. Instead, it was instead fighting and killing a family friend who was secretly a Nazi deserter and serial killer of Jewish people.”

Despite the inconsistencies, Perez said she enjoyed the adaptation. 

“I’m not really a comic person so I’m not really bothered by it,” Perez said. “As long as the TV show is good, stuff like that doesn’t really matter to me.” 

By Varlha Eugene