An eagle-eyed Moon Knight fan discovers that the stack of books on Steven Grant’s desk hides two references to both Thor and Black Panther.
An eagle-eyed fan notices that Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight series includes references to two major Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes.
During the show’s pilot episode, titled « The Goldfish Problem, » Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) is shown studying Egyptian mythology in his apartment. As he pours over a variety of tomes, he surrounds himself with piles of reference books. While many of these appear to be real history books, two are exclusive to the MCU. One of the titles is What’s Old Is New Again: Asgard while the other is History of Wakanda. Neither of the books features an author credit.
The discovery is arguably the closest Moon Knight has so far come to referencing the greater MCU. Producer Grant Curtis confirmed that the show would largely function as a standalone story that isn’t directly related to any other characters in Disney’s ever-growing cinematic universe. « There’s no attachment to the current MCU, » said Curtis. « He’s brand-new, and he is going on a brand-new adventure. We really think the fans are going to enjoy it. »
This division between Moon Knight and the rest of the MCU was largely what attracted the show’s stars to the story. « I love – you know, when you first see Iron Manor when I first saw Black Panther – where I don’t know the origin story, I don’t know all the characters, I get to really be told a new legend, » said Ethan Hawke, who plays series’ villain Arthur Harrow. « And I was so happy when we first talked about this that it was disconnected, because it gives us so much more freedom. And as an audience member it’s what I want, I want to not know what’s going to happen. »
Moon Knight follows Steven Grant, an unassuming gift shop attendant who discovers he has Dissociative Identity Disorder. After realizing that he shares a body with ex-marine and mercenary Marc Spector, Steven is forced to deal with the revelation that he’s also the super-powered avatar of Khonshu, an Egyptian god.
Moon Knight began to almost universal praise from critics, many of whom appreciated the show’s detachment from the rest of the MCU. Others have lauded Isaac and Hawke’s compelling performances that help elevate a story that occasionally drags its heels.
Moon Knight is now streaming Disney+ with new episodes dropping every Wednesday.
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