Moon Knight Season 1 Makes MCU History By Ignoring Marvel

Moon Knight is the first title character in the MCU to be introduced on Disney+. This series features many of the classic Marvel Studios elements that make the Marvel Cinematic Universe what it is: charismatic characters, vintage MCU style and a heartwarming story/plot combination. But while this show heavily features three of the four pillars the universe is built on (characters, style, and heart), it’s specifically low on arguably the biggest: world building.

What makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe the greatest movie franchise of all time are countless examples of effortless world-building between projects. There are several ways Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and his team are tackling the synergy between this connected movie universe.

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Familiar Easter eggs within the set reference other events and locations in the MCU and character integration, ranging from references in dialogue to full cameo appearances. All of these are used to make the audience feel that each project between the capstone event films is part of one world. While it’s often considered homework to enjoy movies, the MCU’s connectivity is what every studio making blockbuster movies dreams of.

In this new era of heroes after Infinity Saga, many wondered how everything would stay connected, especially with the launch of streaming projects on Disney+. Although phase 4 has been very cohesive so far, Moon Knight is the most self-contained project to date; it joins Iron Man as the only project that does not contain or reference a character or event in the rest of the MCU.

The reconstruction phase of the MCU

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Moon Knight does not contain any character previously introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Furthermore, there are no references to any of the named characters or events that have taken place in other MCU projects. Moon Knight could have been introduced as another superhero series, despite a handful of nods to factions and locations in this cinematic universe. No one would have known the difference.

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So far, every MCU project has had at least one reference to another character or event in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, except, of course, Iron Man† It was the first with nothing to refer to. Even the second episode of the MCU, The Incredible Hulk, featured a cameo after the credits of Tony Stark from Robert Downey Jr.

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Another largely disconnected MCU project, Eternals, still named after notable Avengers such as Iron Man & Captain America; Harry Styles’ Eros was also referred to as the “brother of Thanos” by Pip the Troll.

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In front of Moon Knight participate Iron Man on this exclusive list is a sign of the times. Following the most historic dynasty in movie history in the Infinity Saga, Phase 4 is a rebuilding phase for the MCU. With the introduction of new characters and stories, there seems to be an initiative within the offices of Feige and his team to independently establish new heroes. This makes Moon Knight one of, if not the most, independent players on the roster, despite great potential for future team-ups.

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Not completely disconnected from the MCU

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While the lack of references to other characters and events is significant and historic, Moon Knight still connects to the larger MCU.

Connecting many Easter eggs Moon Knight to other projects across the universe, both on streaming and on the big screen. The most popular wink in the Moon Knight trailers is a variety of signs and banners that refer to the Global Repatriation Council or the GRC. This is a global council of world leaders responsible for displacement and resources for refugees from the blip. This entity was introduced and used as a plot point for: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier for 2021.

Another Easter egg in this show is something that separates the MCU from other affiliated movie franchises. So often an “Easter egg” in a less cinematic universe movie is a blatant and clear image of a character or iconography standing right in the face of the audience. Moon Knight showcases a vintage MCU subtlety with Steven Grant’s book collection. Among the books in his library are “What’s New Is Old Again: ASGARD” and “The History Of Wakanda,” two books that chronicle two of MCU’s most storied locations.

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Another Easter egg takes place in the episode 5 dialogue. The Hippopotamus God Taweret mentions the Wakandan religion Ancestral Plane as one of the many afterlife. Again, this is sort of a reference to another location in the MCU that brings synergy and coherence to the franchise on a spiritual level.

The gray area of ​​Kango

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In Moon Knight, there is one Easter egg that wavers on the line between nodding and referring to another character. On the jacket of one of the workmen of the series is an image of Rama-Tut, an Egyptian god. Rama-Tut in Marvel Comics is an early ancestor of Kang the Conqueror. Another version of Kang was introduced in 2021 Loki as the last boss, He Who Remains.

He Who Remains tells the story of his journey within the MCU at introduction, as he was a 31st century scientist. He discovered the existence of other universes and its variants within those universes. Buzzwords like “conqueror” lead sharp-eared fans to believe that He Who Remains is a late descendant of Kang the Conqueror. This has been all but confirmed by fans and the industry alike, with actor Jonathan Majors set to appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantamania like Kang himself.

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This can certainly be taken as a reference to a pre-existing character once the gaps in the connection between He Who Remains and Rama-Tut are filled in by fan theories. But Rama-Tut isn’t a character seen in live-action. Only readers of comics or patrols of articles like this could make that connection. So, in the spirit of the canon, it doesn’t count, and Moon Knight remains largely independent within the MCU.

The Universe Is Expanding

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Moon Knight is the first time since its founding that Marvel Studios has been confident enough to introduce a new character without relying on a crowd doll when naming or appearing an already established character. That’s not to say that a new character introduced at the time needed help building a world, but it’s worth noting.

The first nine projects of Phase 4, all released in the same calendar year, introduced new characters with the same theme: legacy. Yelena Belova, John Walker and Kate Bishop are all presented as the recipients of their respective mantles. The Eternals were appointed as a galactic guardian group that even mentions that they can replace the Avengers. And Shang-Chi is recruited and has an introductory meeting with established and high-ranking members of the Avengers during a post-credits scene.

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Almost all of these projects mention the events of Avengers: Endgame somehow too.

These characters are introduced and integrated into this universe with their own unique and special abilities to bring to the roster. But they all debuted in projects that reference the MCU. As result, Moon Knight was able to be different and be all alone in his own story. The Easter eggs allow it Moon Knight exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe while relying solely on these characters.

For fans only showing up for the world-building pillar of the MCU, don’t worry. Coming on June 8 Mrs. Marvel, the series starring a megafan of the superheroes in the MCU. While it took detective-level precision to find the references in Moon Knightwould it require a complete lack of attention to miss them in Mrs. Marvel.

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