Imagination Connoisseur, Rick Whiting, provides his review of the streaming series, ‘Moon Knight’ which ran on Disney+ in April. While the show was fun, there are a few things Rick would have preferred to see that would have kept the series much closer to the comics that served as its source material.
Moon Knight could have been better if he weren’t so powerful.
I finally finished watching MOON KNIGHT, and for the most part, I liked it, but there were a few things that I didn’t like about the series.
I thought that the special effects and action scenes were all really good and I like all of the actors in their roles. I also liked that they created a new Egyptian female love interest character for diversity (instead of racebending MK’s love interest in the comics, Marlene), in Layla (who was basically an Egyptian version of Marlene), but I didn’t like that they gave her superpowers.
I should also point out that the MK comics had a diverse cast of supporting characters who helped in his fight against crime, which included Gina and her two teenage sons (all of whom were black). Speaking of MK’s supporting characters/allies from the comics, I wish that they would have included his supporting characters from the comics (Frenchie and Crawley, in addition to Gina and her sons).
While I liked that they gave Marc/Moon Knight superpowers, I thought that they made him way too powerful.
Like I have said before, MK’s powers should be similar to what he had in his early appearance and in the short-lived MOON KNIGHT: FIST OF KHONSHU series from 1986, where his strength and stamina increased based on the phase of the moon.
I hated that they went with the mentally ill/multiple personality version of the character that has been in the comics over the last 15 years. MK’s multiple identities were disguises, not DID/multiple personality disorder.
I hate that they turned MK from a street-level character dealing with street-level threads, with the occasional mystical/superhuman threat to a hero who is fighting huge mystical god-level threats. They could have made this series for a lot less if they would have kept MK as a street-level character instead of turning him into a god/cosmic-level hero.
While I liked Khonshu in this series, I think that they overdid it with his presence in this series. I thought that the ambiguous ending was stupid, confusing, and unsatisfying.
All in all, the series was good and entertaining, but it had some flaws.
– Rick Whiting
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