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Moon Knight’s director hints there could also be extra to the present than we predict

[Ed. note: The following contains spoilers for Moon Knight.]

Those that assume they’ve a deal with on how final week’s Moon Knight finale went down would possibly wish to assume once more. Whereas the miniseries ended with some closure, because the conflicting Marc Spector and Steven Grant personalities (each performed by Oscar Isaac) lastly got here to simply accept each other and defeat Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) as Moon Knight, there have been nonetheless a wholesome quantity of cliffhangers to ponder. And, as collection director Mohamed Diab would love followers to recollect, loads of ambiguity all through.

Following the conclusion of Marvel’s bold new miniseries, Diab briefly spoke to Polygon in regards to the finale’s twists, his hopes for future Moon Knight tales, and the way the present won’t be as clear-cut as some might imagine.

This interview has been edited for readability and concision.

Polygon: Moon Knight is a stand-alone story, however you permit a whole lot of issues open! How do you stability that, giving viewers a closed narrative arc whereas additionally leaving the ultimate state of Marc/Steven in limbo?

Mohamed Diab: It was essential for us to see the world by way of somebody’s eyes that has DID [dissociative identity disorder]. That sort of disorientation — it’s not a gimmick, these blinks. It’s not a gimmick within the motion as a lot as that is how life feels — like you may simply black out and uncover that one thing did occur that you just by no means thought you’ll do, that you just had been liable for one thing that you just didn’t do. In order that was essential.

Photograph: Gabor Kotschy/Marvel Studios

However I feel after some time, persons are going to contemplate [Moon Knight] a second-viewing present or a third-viewing present. There’s so many loops and so many layers. There’s a whole lot of issues that you just assume, OK, I perceive what’s actual and what’s not. However while you return and query it — It doesn’t really feel like I do know precisely what’s happening. And once more, that is how we really feel Marc and Steven’s life might be, and no matter we really feel like we find out about Marc and Steven, I feel the journey, if we’re allowed to return and increase it in the future, might be even crazier than something that we predict it’s.

Let’s discuss that massive cliffhanger: The present ends with Marc and Steven accepting one another and believing they’ve come to phrases with their situation, however then Jake Lockley, a 3rd character, is launched. How do you stability that journey of therapeutic with the thought of a brand new persona the Marc and Steven aren’t conscious of?

I feel [Moon Knight] has room for enlargement in the future, as a result of we predict it appears like, on the finish of the journey earlier than you see the post-credits scene, OK, the character arc is full. Marc and Steven be taught to dwell with one another. That’s what this journey is about. However perhaps there’s one other trauma that we don’t find out about [that brings about] Jake’s blackouts. You’ll be able to’t perceive the total story with out understanding what occurs to Jake, which is one thing that we threw on the finish, as a result of we felt he deserved to have a full character research on his personal.

And perhaps there are others? Possibly? Who mentioned that Khonshu’s not a voice in [Marc’s] head? … I’m telling you, there’s plenty of issues while you return and watch it, you’re gonna assume OK, there’s a whole lot of theories right here. It’s not a gimmick — perhaps this man’s thoughts is so fractured that we don’t even grasp how effed up he’s.

Layla with her wings and blades drawn in her Scarlet Scarab costume

Picture: Marvel Studios

I additionally wish to ask about Layla — she will get the powers of an avatar, however in contrast to Marc, she rejects the servitude that Khonshu requires. What makes her journey totally different? What was vital about making her transformation distinct from Marc’s?

Initially, she’s paired with a personality that’s the reverse of her, the place [Taweret] it’s all like, female and bubbly. It’s the alternative of [what] Layla is, and I like opposites. Simply think about Layla listening to Taweret’s voice in her head, that’s going to drive her loopy, attempting to persuade her to remain as an avatar and perhaps studying or not studying if she must be an avatar or not.

However I wish to let you know one thing essential. You don’t understand how that second of Layla turning into a superhero is massive in Egypt, the Center East, Southeast Asia. For my daughter, when she was 5, she at all times wished to straighten her hair, as a result of she by no means noticed herself in any animation. And at present, women who seem like Layla can look as much as her and imagine that they are often no matter they need. Egyptians making the present behind the digicam and having Egyptians in entrance of the digicam, utilizing Egyptian music. Individuals imagine that they will do something. You already know, as a part of the world’s growing international locations, generally they really feel just like the West is so superior, like our artwork is just not vital. Like we’re not sufficient to make a present like this. However now they imagine they will make a superb present. Now they imagine that it’s their music persons are in love with within the present, the Egyptian composer Hesham Nazih. So it’s turning into a nationwide pleasure there, and I’m so pleased with that.



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