Moon Knight Episode 3 Recap: Giza, Ennead, and Turning Back the Night in Egypt

Moon Knight episode 3 — out now on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar — might need overhauled the visible template of the Marvel series, however I do not imagine the new episode made me really feel in another way about Moon Knight on the entire. It was pretty boring second to second, and I’m nonetheless ready to be really engaged. That mentioned, after two episodes in London, it was good to have a surroundings refresh as Moon Knight episode 3 introduced us to Egypt. We knew this was coming given how Moon Knight episode 2 ended, and we will get no less than another Moon Knight episode in Egypt given how this one ends. Expect more clichés like going to the Great Pyramid of Giza, as a result of it is unimaginable for Hollywood to go to Egypt and not go to Giza, is not it?

Jokes apart, the moments inside the Great Pyramid of Giza helped broaden upon Moon Knight‘s mythology in tangible methods. It advised us how the gods can converse by way of their Avatars, why they are not actively concerned in mankind’s affairs right now, and how simply they are often fooled by mere mortals. More on that final one later. Calling a council of the Ennead — that is the group of 9 deities who have been worshipped in Heliopolis, one in all historic Egypt’s oldest cities — is one in all two main gambles Khonshu (voiced by F. Murray Abraham) takes in Moon Knight episode 3. And in the end, he pays a heavy value.

Additionally, Moon Knight episode 3 very briefly hinted that there could be a 3rd character in Oscar Isaac’s physique past the American mercenary Marc Spector and British present shop-ist Steven Grant. The third episode of Moon Knight would possibly probably embrace the solely look for the late Gaspard Ulliel — he performs Cairo-based antiques vendor Anton Mogart on the Disney+ series — who died, earlier than Moon Knight premiered, following a snowboarding accident. Mogart has a grasp thief alter ego in the comics as Midnight Man, however it’s unlikely we’ll see that now with Mogart’s loss of life. Marvel Studios additionally has a behavior of tweaking characters when it transfers them to display screen — so there was no assure we might’ve obtained Midnight Man even when Ulliel was nonetheless round.

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May Calamawy as Layla El-Faouly, Gaspard Ulliel as Anton Mogart in Moon Knight episode 3
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Moon Knight episode 3 — titled “The Friendly Type”, directed by Mohamed Diab, and written by Beau DeMayo, and Peter Cameron and Sabir Pirzada — opens with Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy) making ready to return dwelling to Egypt after 10 years. She’s anxious to return dwelling, she tells the girl making her faux passport. “Is it all the stolen antiques? Worried you might have burned too many bridges?” Layla notes that she does not steal — in any case, the antiques have already been stolen, she’s solely returning them to their rightful house owners. Though admittedly, she does hold just a few to pay the payments. The passport maker Lagaro (Barbara Rosenblat) tells us that Layla learnt all of it from her father who took her to dig websites, whom she misses identical to Layla. Judging by how their dialog goes, I undoubtedly really feel like Lagaro is Layla’s mom.

Meanwhile in Egypt in Moon Knight episode 3, the villain Arthur Harrow has arrived and has discovered the location of Ammit’s tomb due to that magical Scarab. Arthur declares as a lot in Arabic to the digging contingent following him. I suppose he speaks Arabic and Mandarin each, although I might hope his Arabic is healthier than his Mandarin, given what Shang-Chi star Simu Liu and the Internet have advised us following the launch of Moon Knight episode 2. Just as Arthur is finished talking in Arabic, his fake-police lackeys inform him that Marc Spector is in Cairo.

Moon Knight episode 3 cuts to Marc working throughout rooftops, earlier than confronting three males with knives. He’s searching for info on Arthur’s dig web site, however it does not seem like they’ve any curiosity in serving to him. As Marc dodges the knives and tries to remain alive, his consideration is damaged at essential instances with Steven chatting with him by way of all potential reflective areas. Each time that occurs in Moon Knight episode 3, Marc loses minutes of his life. The knife struggle and the chase by way of Cairo ends on a hill overlooking the metropolis, the place the three find yourself lifeless. Marc thinks the bloodiness is Steven’s doing — however he denies it. Wait, is Moon Knight hinting at one other character now? One that neither Marc nor Steven is aware of about?

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Khonshu in Moon Knight episode 3
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Not left with any headway in finding Arthur, Marc wonders aloud to Khonshu if there’s one other method to cease Ammit from being resurrected. Why cannot we search the assist of different gods? They should have a stake in this, “Asking for an audience with gods means incurring their wrath,” Khonshu says. As Marc wonders what’s the worst that might occur, Khonshu tells him that they may imprison him in stone. “I wouldn’t mind that,” Marc tells Khonshu cheekily. Khonshu seemingly agrees to Marc’s weird request, sending the different gods a sign they cannot ignore: a whole photo voltaic eclipse. He is the moon god in any case. Elsewhere in Moon Knight episode 3, Arthur’s folks get spooked seeing the eclipse, however he merely tells them to maintain digging it doesn’t matter what.

As the world is engulfed in darkness throughout the day, Khonshu explains the fundamentals to Marc. All the 9 gods’ avatars shall be referred to as upon — keep in mind Steven’s point out of the Ennead in Moon Knight episode 1, the place he identified that Ennead meant 9 gods? — with a portal presenting itself wherever you might be, in order that the assembly of the Ennead might be fulfilled. While Marc steps into his portal on Moon Knight episode 3, Khonshu notes that he was banished final time he spoke to the different gods. As Marc wonders why Khonshu is strolling in the wrong way of the portal, the moon god shoots again: “Oh I’ll be there.”

The assembly of the Ennead takes place inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, one thing the educated Steven immediately factors out through one other reflection. There, the different Avatars begin filtering in. Among them is Yatzil (Diana Bermudez), Avatar of Hathor, who tries to make small discuss Hathor and Khonshu’s final interplay however Marc is not actually in that thoughts area. (Once once more, everybody says Avatar like they’re American. Can’t anybody say it prefer it’s meant to be pronounced?) As the assembly convenes on Moon Knight episode 3, Yatzil tells Marc that he’ll really feel a wierd sensation, earlier than strolling away to her spot and seemingly changing into possessed. “In attendance, Horus, Isis, Tefnut, Osiris, and Hathor, to hear the account of Khonshu,” Yatzil says. What occurred to the different three, I’m wondering?

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Oscar Isaac as Khonshu, Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow in Moon Knight episode 3
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Now talking by way of his Avatar — this was the unusual sensation Yatzil spoke of — Khonshu calls for judgment on Arthur who can be summoned to the chamber in Moon Knight episode 3. The moon god says Arthur is making an attempt to launch Ammit from her tomb, who in his defence claims he is merely a vacationer. “If visiting the sands was a crime, the line of sinners would be longer than the Nile.” I’m sorry, what is that this ineffective excuse? Are the gods blind? Can’t they see the diggers he is introduced?

Anyway, Arthur then turns the tables on Khonshu, noting that the moon good has looked for Ammit’s tomb since he ensnared Arthur to his service. Arthur calls Khonshu jealous and paranoid, who retorts by dubbing him a deceiver. Both of these are probably true. “Do not trust the word of a shamed god,” Arthur provides, “Khonshu is unhinged and his servant unwell. This man does not know his name, he speaks to himself, and I’ve no idea how many personalities he possesses.” As the god committee appears on in Moon Knight episode 3, Arthur continues: “This is a deeply troubled man. Khonshu is taking advantage of him the way he abused me, the way he aspires to abuse this court.”

The gods want to converse with Marc, so with a wave of his hand, Osiris’s Avatar Selim (Khalid Abdalla) brings out the human. He admits he’s unwell, earlier than repeating Khonshu’s accusation that Arthur is harmful. But the gods have been swayed by Arthur’s phrases, it appears. They conclude the matter and stroll away, as does Arthur. Marc is left defeated on Moon Knight episode 3. It’s humorous that Khonshu referred to as for an viewers given he is aware of how unstable Marc/Steven are.

As Marc leaves the Great Pyramid of Giza, Yatzil speaks to him once more on Moon Knight episode 3. This time, it is no small discuss — she has necessary stuff to say. Yatzil tells him that Ammit was buried in secret, the location hidden even from gods. But a medjay named Senfu is aware of the location of the tomb. This was achieved in case the gods determined to vary their minds and present mercy on Ammit. If Marc needs to find Ammit’s tomb, he ought to discover Senfu’s sarcophagus that was offered on the black market.

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May Calamawy as Layla El-Faouly, Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector in Moon Knight episode 3
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Marc clearly does not know what to do, as a result of his greatest concept is to strategy a juice vendor in a Cairo sq. and enquire about Senfu’s sarcophagus. Like are you kidding me? ???? This is so absurd and silly. Anyway, it is only a ploy to carry Layla into the story on Moon Knight episode 3, as she finds Marc and tells him she may help. Though she’s not likely there for him, Layla says afterward a ship as they head for Mogart’s. She’s right here to save lots of the hundreds who will die if Arthur succeeds.

Their fractious dynamic undergoes a change as their boat mates begin ululating and dancing to music. Apparently, it is the form of music that was performed at their wedding ceremony. Layla tells Marc that he ought to’ve advised her about Steven. “We could’ve handled it together,” she notes in Moon Knight episode 3. Marc says he had it underneath management till very just lately. And it is not like being open and speaking is one thing he does very nicely, with Layla ending his sentence.

At Mogart’s, Layla reunites with a bodyguard named Bek (Loic Mabanza) who tells her that Mogart’s trying ahead to seeing her earlier than namechecking Madripoor. If you will recall, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — one in all the Marvel series final yr — took us there. Anton Mogart (Ulliel) is completely satisfied to see Layla, who introduces Marc as her husband Rufino. As they stroll, Mogart says that is greater than a set to him. “Preserving history is a responsibility I take very seriously.” Layla and Marc ask Mogart if they’ll take a look at Senfu’s sarcophagus — he obliges. But as Marc research it alone and tries to infer clues with Steven’s assist, Mogart sends his males in and asks Marc to get on his knees in Moon Knight episode 3. Um, what simply occurred?

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Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow in Moon Knight episode 3
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Just then, out of nowhere, Arthur and his males present up. Being advised of an third celebration, Mogart steps out to have a phrase with Arthur who presents him the Scarab. “Why settle for a clue when you can have the treasure?” Arthur then will get in just a few phrases to Layla, claiming that Marc had one thing to do with the homicide of Layla’s father. This is additional sowing seeds of doubt between them, what with their relationship already in a rocky place. Arthur then turns his consideration again to Mogart on Moon Knight episode 3, and in a bid to provide proof to his tall claims, casts a spell together with his supernatural cane that destroys Senfu’s sarcophagus.

Meanwhile, Khonshu retains telling Marc to summon the swimsuit and give everybody what they deserve. I can not inform why Marc is hesitating — I might perceive so if it was Steven in management of the physique — aside from the proven fact that Arthur is round. It’s solely when Arthur walks away, that he lastly does it. Definitely appears like a case of plot armour, permitting Moon Knight to have more episodes past episode 3. As Moon Knight takes on Mogart’s males, Layla is confronted by Bek. But in the center of the struggle, Steven takes management from Marc. He foolishly asks everybody to relax, and will get impaled twice for his efforts. He shortly palms the physique again to Marc, who will get impaled just a few more instances.

Elsewhere in Moon Knight episode 3, Layla brings out her weapons — the ones hanging round her collar till now — and places an finish to Bek. She then runs to assist Marc who is actually caught in one place. But earlier than she will get to him, Mogart comes round on his horse and whips her to the floor. Seeing this, Marc goes right into a rage, kills the males round him in a swift movement, and heals himself of all the wounds attributable to the impaling. As he confronts Mogart, Layla is mendacity in the center. Both run in the direction of her, however Moon Knight will get there in time — and as he rolls out of Mogart’s means, he throws one in all his crescent blades at Mogart, wounding him severely if not killing him.

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Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/ Moon Knight in Moon Knight episode 3
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As they drive away on Moon Knight episode 3, Layla (naturally) brings up what Arthur mentioned earlier: about her dad’s loss of life. Marc says that Arthur is simply making an attempt to mess along with her thoughts. “He’s just trying to divide us, don’t let him get in your head,” Marc provides. But this is not an remoted incident for Layla. After all, Marc has saved issues from her earlier than — as we learnt on Moon Knight episode 2. “Every time a new secret pops up, it’s like I haven’t known you at all,” Layla provides. Marc out of the blue will get very critical, telling her that she does not and hasn’t actually recognized him. As they drive off in silence, a voice from afar says it has noticed them — I’m guessing that is one other one in all Arthur’s followers.

Having stolen a bit of cloth off Senfu’s sarcophagus earlier than it was destroyed by Arthur, Layla and Marc now attempt to piece the clues collectively in Moon Knight episode 3. But as Marc struggles, Layla says they may use Steven’s assist. He is an skilled on all issues Egypt in any case. Marc reluctantly lets Steven again into the physique, who to his credit score, items all of it collectively. (Sidenote: is Layla falling for Steven? See that smile she provides him on Moon Knight episode 3.) As Layla tries to scan the cloth to determine the location, Steven notes that stars drift over time so it is no use. Unless they knew what the sky regarded like on the night time that Senfu marked the location of the tomb.

Thankfully for them, Khonshu says he remembers each night time. I imply, as soon as once more, he’s the moon god. In a fashion of talking, he’s the night time. As a part of his powers, Khonshu can flip again the night time sky. But it would come at a price and he can’t do it alone. When the gods imprison me, inform Marc to free me, Khonshu says as he and Steven reverse the night time sky. As the stars rotate out of place, Layla scans it along with her iPad on Moon Knight episode 3.

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May Calamawy as Layla El-Faouly in Moon Knight episode 3
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Elsewhere in the Great Pyramid of Giza, the gods collect once more to imprison Khonshu in stone. Out in the desert in Moon Knight episode 3, Steven can really feel his energy leaving him and Khonshu appears to be slipping away too. This is a giant sacrifice only for the location of Ammit’s tomb, I need to notice. Couldn’t they only monitor Arthur to the location? Or one in all the hundreds working for him? Just as Khonshu disappears and Steven loses consciousness, Layla exclaims that she’s obtained the location.

Back to Giza in Moon Knight episode 3 the place Osiris’s Avatar Selim is taking Arthur to see the stone Khonshu. I’m somewhat curious why the gods are commonly catering to mere mortals now. Like, why is he speaking to him? Just as a result of he was proper about Khonshu? Selim says that Khonshu is tethered to his place like many earlier than him. “Can he hear us?” Arthur asks, and Selim replies in the affirmative.

As Selim walks away in Moon Knight episode 3, Arthur speaks to stone Khonshu. He says: “I enjoyed dealing out pain on your behalf. That is the greatest sin I carry. But had you not broken me so completely, I might never have known the value of healing. I’m going to do what you could not. And when it’s finished, I want you to know my torment forged me. I owe my victory to you.”

Moon Knight episode 3 is now streaming on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. New episodes launch each Wednesday round 12:30pm IST/ 12am PT.

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