Episode 4’s Most Touching Moment Was Inspired by the Comics

The following contains spoilers for Moon Knight, now streaming on Disney+.A heartfelt moment in the fourth episode of Moon Knight drew inspiration from a splash page in one of the Marvel hero’s comic books.

In the episode “The Tomb,” after Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac) is shot by Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke), he finds himself in a psychiatric hospital setting with familiar faces, including Harrow. While trying to escape Harrow, Marc discovers his other personality, Steven Grant, trapped in a sarcophagus. After freeing Steven, the two share a hug with excitement that they found each other. While speaking to Marvel, director Aaron Moorhead revealed that this moment originated from writer Jeff Lemire’s time with the character and Marvel Comics.

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“It’s actually inspired by the end of the Jeff Lemire run of Moon Knight,” Moorhead said. “There’s this wonderful moment where he hugs himself. We were so in love with the idea of ​​someone hugging another part of themselves and saying comforting words that we really, really wanted to get that hug moment into one of our episodes and that moment was right.”

In Lemire’s Moon Knight #9 from 2016, which is illustrated by artists Wilfredo Torres, Francesco Francavilla, James Stokoe and Greg Smallwood, Marc says goodbye to each of his alter egos. Though he has to fight Jake Lockley, he shares an emotional conversation with Steven about what will happen if he disappears. After Steven makes Marc promise that he will “find a way to be happy,” a splash page shows the two bidding each other farewell with a hug.

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There are differences from the Marvel Cinematic Universe series and Lemire’s run, being that it is unclear if Marc has any other personalities beyond Steven as of writing. Another sarcophagus is present in the psychiatric hospital, though viewers are not given the chance to see who’s inside it. The moment teases a third identity for the second time, being that both Marc and Steven blacked out towards the beginning of the episode “The Friendly Type,” and awoke to find that they had killed a group of Harrow’s followers.

There are two more episodes remaining in this season of Moon Knight, which is reported to remain as a limited series instead of returning for additional seasons. The same week that the show’s finale releases on Disney+, Marvel will debut its next live-action project in theaters: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The film hits theaters on May 6, 2022.

The first four episodes of Moon Knight are now streaming on Disney+, with new episodes releasing weekly on Wednesdays.

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Source: Marvel

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