Moon Knight

May Calamawy as Layla in Marvel Studios' MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gabor Kotschy. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

There have been some mediocre offerings from the multi-billion dollar franchise goliath but the Moon Knight finale was an absolute disaster

Moon Knight, up until this week, had rivaled Loki and WandaVision for its inventiveness, its storytelling, and its sheer likability. But after today’s finale, Marvel Studios has confirmed once again that there is still some work to be done in the storytelling department for their series.

The finale has the shortest runtime of the season with only 42 minutes to complete this story. And it feels like it hits the road at 70mph. Then halfway through the episode, the editors and writers pushed the speed to 100mph.

(L-R): Khonshu (voiced by F. Murray Abraham) and Oscar Isaac as Moon Knight in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

THE SHOWDOWN

The imminent showdown between Arthur Harrow and Moon Knight finally arrives, but when it does everything is moving so fast one can’t enjoy what’s happening. The climax is surprisingly lame with no sense of stakes even though Ammit has been unleashed on the world. The conclusion comes so easily that it’s almost like this entire show has been a fever dream that we’ve endured for six weeks only for us to discover that yes, it was real.

Are we getting a second season? I guess so…? Will Moon Knight ever connect to the broader MCU? For sure, I’m just not sure when. The best thing about this series when I look back at it as a whole is the fact that I like the characters. They made this story and if not for such compelling actors portraying these characters I don’t think I would’ve liked this series very much.

May Calamawy effectively kind of steals the spotlight from Moon Knight in this episode in a way that could’ve been fantastic if the finale hadn’t been so poorly constructed. Her story is left in screenwriting limbo after that rushed conclusion.

May Calamawy as Layla in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gabor Kotschy. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

VERDICT

This finale, unfortunately, was Marvel Studios at its worst. There have been some mediocre offerings from the multi-billion dollar franchise goliath but this finale was an absolute disaster. It’s a good thing the rest of the show was pretty good.

All in all, I will watch Moon Knight again for its first five episodes and the incredible work done on that portion of the story. But Marvel Studios has to find a way to end these series with a bang, not a sucker punch of disappointment.

Marvel’s latest series is streaming exclusively on Disney Plus now.

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