Marvel breaks with the concept of good in ‘Moon Knight’

Marvel breaks with the concept of good in ‘Moon Knight’

Marc Spector has just made his triumphant appearance in moon knight and also his twisted path between good and evil. The second chapter of the Disney + series has been a vertiginous journey through the entire mythology of the classic character. Also a look at his twisted mirror game. It became clear that Spector has a difficult debt to settle with Khonshu, but also has a twisted concept of morality. As the avatar of the Egyptian god he must exercise his will and face evil as the deity conceives it. That includes facing Harrow, avatar of the goddess Ammit, and avoiding her punishment for so-called “wrongs not committed.”

In its second episode of this Marvel series, the show’s plot took a fair amount of time to explain such subtleties. In particular, because the plot showed several of the essential points to meet the central character. From his ability to summon “the suit” of Khonshu’s fist, to his relationship with the mysterious divinity. Each piece of information seemed to fit together in what seems like a larger narrative about a complex mission that is not yet fully revealed. What did become clear is the way in which Spector faces evil in moon knight. This is not a common nuance, and in fact, one of the most interesting moments was delving into justice in a supernatural world.

As if that wasn’t enough it became clear that Harrow is essentially linked to Khonshu. Which also makes the version about fighting for good in a setting of enigmatic forces more and more peculiar. Harrow and Spector, a mirror of each other, are linked in what seems to be a fight of deities that it is possible to assume from the human thanks to them. Also a haunting journey through the darkness beyond Spector’s abilities and the power of his nemesis. What are you really fighting against? moon knight And how much does Khonshu need from him to do it?

Two sides of the same coin

The second episode made clear several elements of considerable interest in understanding Marc Spector. To begin with, as it happens in the comic, he was shown as the avatar of a deity who tries to impose justice in the world of men. Do it, confronting and murdering criminals. But with one caveat: the crime for which he is being punished must already have been committed. On at least two occasions, Khonshu’s imposing figure makes it clear that he only punishes “those who deserve it”. And he goes so far as to point out that exercising his right to “confront evil” of those who have committed crimes or dedicate their lives to evil.

The idea turns Spector into an executioner arm whose only limit is the will of the god, something that was also made clear. In one of the most chilling scenes of the chapter, Spector tries to explain to his weaker personality what is happening. And he explains that he must “execute and do it with blood” to pay off the debt to the Egyptian moon god, to whom he owes his life. In the same way as the comic, evil for Khonshu is related to the desire to destroy and transgress the natural order of good. And what is good for the god? The idea is not fully clarified, but it is certainly related to the deity’s conviction of a balance between darkness and shadow.

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But another side, Harrow fights against the evil that will come in moon knight. In other words, as the avatar of the goddess Ammit, she can see anyone’s past, present, and future sins. So her death sentences include all those who in the long run could harm or transgress the natural order of things. It is a subtle layer of the concept of Khonshu, but it is disturbing in its implications. Despite her brutal methods, the god of the moon is limited to punishing the events that have occurred. But Ammit punishes what will probably happen immediately or much later. Which causes the select sect led by Harrow to have the power to decide on the life and death of those around him. And do it only under suspicion of evil that has not yet occurred.

In fact, the great confrontation between Ammit and Khonshu proceeds from precisely that point. Khonshu makes it clear that he will never “execute” anyone who has not committed a crime, even if he might do so later. On the other hand, Ammit will do it for the benefit of the possibility of preventing a greater and crueler situation from occurring.. Both deities obey the same idea of ​​the natural order of things. And both are convinced that the balance of good and evil will only be maintained through that exact proportion of light and darkness.

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Of course, such a vision raises several uncomfortable questions in moon knight. If Harrow as Ammit’s avatar must punish those who commit evil (sooner or later), doesn’t he murder innocents? After all, the same character hints that what he can see in the future are futurities. That is, events that may or may not happen. However, Does Ammit elaborate his concept of the good on absolute points of time? The concept has already been handled in Chapter 4 of What would happen if…? in which Doctor Strange learns that there are facts that cannot be changed. Seen in this way, does Ammit protect the good from the perception of any future event that could modify it?

Now, if it were, Khonshu would have no reason to protest. But he does and he too chose an avatar to fight evil. But he does it from the notion that he only punishes the evil committed. Thus, the divinity is not interested in punishing crimes or behaviors that have not been committed. Does it mean that behavior can be changed and therefore Khonshu avoids making judgments based on what has not happened but is likely to happen?

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This strange game of mirrors seems to be the central point of the series. And in fact, to be at such a deep level that the scenarios in which Marc Spector moves can change in the future.