Marvel Cinematic Universe dropped a chaotic first trailer for its new 6-episode series “Moon Knight” during Monday night's Halftime of the NFL Super Wild Card matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, showing us a better look at Marc Spector and his alter ego. “Moon Knight,” starring Oscar Isaac, is just one of several MCU Phase 4 series coming to Disney+ Plus in 2022. We've got a full “Moon Knight” First Trailer Breakdown.
Marvel's “Moon Knight” First Trailer Breakdown + Easter Eggs
At only 1:57, “Moon Knight” First Trailer brings more questions than it answers, even if you're a fan and comic reader.
The trailer opens with Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina) laying in bed with a Rubik's cube. There are loads of locks on his door and he has appeared to have chained himself to his bed. The numbers on the one lock that are in focus are 8546 and 9657.
As the camera pans around his bedroom, we hear him say, “I have a sleeping disorder. I can't tell the difference between my waking life and dreams.”
As the alarm goes off, we see sand around his bed. He bolts out of bed, screaming, still tethered, and face plants on the floor. One of the books on the table is “Adventures of the Soul: Journeys Through the Physical and Spiritual Dimensions” by James Van Praagh.
In the comics, Marc Spector is a mercenary who is ruthlessly killed while on a mission in Sudan by fellow mercenary Raul Bushman in Sudan. The sand in this scene could be a nod to this.
Isaac's character has made it out of bed because we see he has made his way to the British Museum in London. While in the museum's gift shop, he's clearly a disheveled mess. His coworker Donna says, “You’re bloody useless, Stevie.” He corrects her and says, “It's Steven.”
Steven Grant is one of his personalities in the comics. Donna Kraft is the publicist for the company Marc Spector works for, also.
Steven catches a glimpse of himself in the Moon Knight outfit in a mirror, and he's a bit freaked out.
Ancient Egyptian Ties
The next few scenes are quick, but we see the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu, chasing Steven down the hallway. Steven hops into an elevator to escape and the Khonshu turns to an elderly woman. In the comics, Khonshu chooses Spector to be his avatar on Earth and is known as the Fist of Khonshu. We see another quick shot of Steven in the museum with statues: the Egyptian gods Horus and Set. The beliefs and rituals surrounding Egyptian gods formed the core of ancient Egyptian religion.
Horus, son of Osiris and Isis, is the sky god associated with war and hunting. In an ancient myth, Horus lost his left eye in a fight with Set. Thoth magically restored it, giving a mythical explanation for the phases of the moon as the right and left eyes, respectively, represent the sun and the moon. The eye was given the name “Wadjet” (meaning “whole” or “healthy”). As Horus' eye was torn out, so does the myth relate to the waxing and waning of the moon during which the moon appears to have been torn out of the sky before being restored once every lunar month.
Set is a god of deserts, storms, disorder, violence, and foreigners. Set was lord of the Red Land and balance to Horus, lord of the Black Land. Set was also commonly associated with the planet Mercury in ancient Egyptian astronomy.
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
In the same quick scene, as Issac walks from the mirror, his reflection stays. Rather, two reflections. Likely a nod to two more of his personalities—Marc Spector and Jake Lockley.
Steven finds an older Motorola Razr flip phone. When the phone rings, he answers, and the person on the other end says, “Oh my god, you're alive. What's wrong with you, Marc?” He responds with, “Why did you call me Marc?” Who is the woman on the phone? The subtitles reveal the woman on the phone's name to be Layla. Could it be May Calamawy's character?
Clearly, we're getting the disassociative personality order tie in with Steven Grant/Marc Spector as we see in the comics. In the comics, each of his personalities fights to be the one in control.
Embrace The Chaos
We see Ethan Hawke dressed as his Arthur Harrow character. Dr. Harrow's only appearance in Marvel Comics is in “Moon Knight” (Vol. 2) #2 (April 1985) as a Nobel Prize candidate in medicine, but his work involved conducting secret experiments by scientists in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
After he crashes a party, Harrow commands the people in the town square to kneel. An older man in the crowd refuses and declares, “There are always men like you.” Reminiscent of the scene with Loki in The Avengers when Captain America swoops in to save the day, Marc Spector isn't Steve Rogers, but he's saving these people in his own way.
We see Spector and Harrow come face to face. Spector is involved in a high-speed chase and is surprised to find himself holding a gun. Since he has a history of being a mercenary in the comics, it's likely he knows how to use it.
The scene quickly cuts to Spector falling off of a cliff and then to the pyramids.
A sweet remix of Kid Cudi's “Day ‘n' Nite” from his “Man on the Moon” album plays as Marc Spector is wrapped in shrouds that envelope him, transforming him into Moon Knight.
The trailer ends with a fully enveloped Moon Knight beating the smashing a creature that looks to be Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead.
Watch Marvel's “Moon Knight” First Trailer
Marvel's “Moon Knight” is streaming exclusively on Disney+ starting March 30.