'Moon Knight' Episode 2 Review: Action-packed chapter sheds light on Marc Spector's past
The show also delves briefly into the life of Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy), Marc Spector's wife who Khonshu has special plans for
Contains spoilers for 'Moon Knight' Episode 2 'Summon the Suit'
'Moon Knight' returns with one humdinger of an episode and actually establishes the mission at hand. Episode 2 titled 'Summon the Suit' forays deeper into the world of Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac). This is a bit of a deviation from Isaac's other character Steven Grant. For starters, it is revealed that Spector has a wife, Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy). The duo has their own history and the man also has quite the deal with the Egyptian moon god Khonshu who saved his life from a fatal death experience.
The episode sees Grant learn more about Spector, who quite simply, acts as the avatar for Khonshu. Prior to becoming Khonshu's servant, Spector was a mercenary part of an elite unit that attacked an Egyptian dig site and killed innocent archeologists. In the comics, Spector practically has a change of heart and turns on his own team as they gun down the people. Mortally wounded, he dies in front of the Khonshu statue, only to be revived as Moon Knight.
There's also Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) who claims that he was Konshu's avatar earlier. Eventually, there was a separation and he now serves Ammit, a bogeyman to the evildoers. His goal is to ensure the world is "healed" of evil, even if it means weeding out the ones who don't have a good balance in life. In Layla, there is a badass who promises to enthrall more as the season progresses. Her troubled relationship with Spector and her brief flashback that sees her in search of the Scarab gets some screentime as well.
By the end of the episode, there's another ket revelation that Khonshu also wants Layla as his new avatar, and uses that to threaten Marc and keep him under his power. 'Summon the Suit' also has some subtle references to the MCU, but nothing that's in-your-face, they're subtle and they do confirm that the events of the show take place post the blip.
There are still a lot of dots that need to be connected, but the show makes sure it has hit the ground up and running. The final scene shows that the battle has moved to Egypt and that will be the setting for the remainder of the show. 'Moon Knight' continues to impress with the slick action, the relatable characters, and Isaac toggling seamlessly between Grant and Spector. This series deserves the hype it came with.
'Moon Knight' drops on Disney+ with a new episode every Wednesday.