The first episode of the Moon Knight series brought Marvel’s multi-personality superhero to the MCU. In which, most of the film time focuses on the personality of Steven Grant, a souvenir salesman in a museum in the UK; and sometimes intertwine with a few details related to the personality of Marc Spector, a disciple of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu (You can learn more in this article).
Khonshu actually appeared in the opening episode of Moon Knight with a tall, haunting bird-headed body. So what is this god’s background, what is his magic power and what role will he play for Moon Knight in particular and the future of the MCU in general?
The Origin and Power of Khonshu in the Marvel Universe
Khonshu is a character based on an ancient Egyptian god named Khonsu, the god of the moon, time, revenge and protector of night travelers. Marvel still retains most of the unique features of this god’s appearance and power.
In the comics, Khonshu is often depicted as a capricious and vindictive person, both of which are characteristic qualities of the Moon Knight. Because Khonshu could not act directly on Earth, he decided to pass on his will to individuals collectively known as the Moon Knights, which existed from the time of ancient Mesopotamia to the present day, when Marc Spector was selected to take on the role.
Although most of the actions that Khonshu wants to perform on Earth must be through the Moon Knight, he still possesses many terrifying powers such as super strength, super endurance, the ability to heal himself quickly. , magic manipulation and immortality. In addition, as the moon god, Khonshu can control the moonstone, and can also absorb and store the power of other superheroes.
Does Khonshu really exist and what does it mean for the future of the MCU?
In the original, it took a long time for readers to confirm that Khonshu really existed, instead of just a product created by Marc’s imagination. The TV version of Marvel Studios is exploiting this detail very well, because Khonshu’s appearance in the first episode is quite vague, quite confusing and seems to be just an illusion that Steven had when he first encountered it. directly interacts with the Marc Spector personality.
Over nearly 15 years of development, Marvel Studios has shown that they do not hesitate to edit the original to make their cinematic universe happen in the most coherent and interesting way. So it wouldn’t be surprising if they suddenly “excluded” Khonshu and found another explanation for the source of the Moon Knight’s power.
Conversely, if Khonshu does exist in the MCU, Marvel has a lot of ideas to exploit about this character. In the comics, there were times when Moon Knight showed him to be an extremely loyal person to his benefactor, wholeheartedly serving and following Khonshu’s direction. However, there are also storylines where he “treasons” and disobeys the moon god. So perhaps it would be a lot more interesting if Khonshu actually entered this cinematic universe and went through a complicated and unpredictable relationship with the Moon Knight.
Besides, the presence of Khonshu will be a bridge for Marvel Studios to bring the Egyptian gods to the MCU, like what they did with Norse mythology, through a number of characters like Thor, Loki, Odin or Hela, and the whole kingdom of Asgard. The Egyptian gods, or more specifically the group of gods Ennead (Celestial Heliopolis) also play an important role in a number of Marvel comics. They live in another dimension located right next to the Earth and were worshiped by the Egyptians thousands of years ago. The Enneads, including Khonshu, also occasionally engage with many other Marvel superheroes.
With the MCU increasingly expanding, transcending both space and time with the concept of a multiverse as well as some new superheroes like Eternals, the Egyptian gods will be a great addition. Great for them to continue with this plan. In the end, Khonshu and Moon Knight have repeatedly fought Kang the Conqueror, one of the biggest villains Marvel Studios is building for future projects, to prevent him from stealing some powerful treasures. .
According to ScreenRant
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