Moon Knight Episode 2: Quotes and References in Summon the Costume

Moon Knight Episode 2: Quotes and References in Summon the Costume

Moon Knight Episode 2

The conclusion of the previous episode of Moon Knight had shown us the new hero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe wearing his costume, a moment particularly awaited by fans of the carataceous version of the Fist of Khonshu. Strengthened by this revelation on the wire, it was therefore inevitable that the release of the second episode, Evoke the costume, was particularly awaited, but also in Moon Knight Episode 2 we went hunting for quotes and references.

Subscribe now to Disney + for € 8.99 per month or € 89.90 per year If Moon Knight Episode 1 was particularly stingy with great references to the myth of the Marvelian character, Evoca il costume wanted instead to wink more at the size comics by Moon Knight, touching both some traits of the origins stories and giving life to curtains that refer to the most recent runs of the character. A final warning, as per tradition: do not continue reading if you have not yet seen Moon Knight Episode 2!

ATTENTION: the following contains spoilers on the first episode of Moon Knight

Moon Knight Episode 2: quotes and references

Important dates

As we told in our special dedicated to Moon Knight, the first appearance of the character takes place in Werewolf by Night # 32, in 1975, when the Fist Khonshu is introduced as an opponent of the werewolf Jack Russel (yes, Marvel baptized a werewolf after giving him the name of a canine breed, thank you all Doug Moench). And could therefore a reference to this legendary number be missing? Obviously not, and then a bus appears with a very familiar identification code, WBN 0032 (Werewolf by Night # 32).

Detail that is also included in the file card of Marc Spector supplied to the police, where the file number is 1975/011517262833.

One, none, one hundred thousand

In the comics, Moon Knight has shown that he can choose how to adapt his costume to his needs, often linked to the different historical periods in which the avatar of Khonshu has operated.

Particularly interesting is the presence of the alter ego of Mr Knight, incarnation of the character whose birth is attributed to the duo Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, who conceived this version elegant character during a time when Moon Knight was working as a consultant for the American police. The costume was an evolution of the one shown by Moon Knight in Secret Avengers, and contrary to other character trends it does not embody a personality of Marc Spector's psyche, but is a real superhero alter ego of Spector, designed to facilitate his collaboration with the police.

It should be appreciated how the reference to Mr. Knight is not only in the clothing, but sees Steven resume some of the character's movements, such as rolling up his sleeves before a fist fight, as seen in the comics, or in the elegant habit of adjusting the tie.

Not only Moon Knight

Also from the aforementioned run by Jeff Lemire are the two policemen Bobbi (Ann Akinjirin) and Billi (David Ganly), who in the transition from paper to seriality are promoted to cops, but still remaining relegated to a secondary role, that of Arthur Harrow's (Ethan Hawke) stooge.

A villain who finds further co text as a holy man, head of a community that in this second episode is defined with greater attention. If on the one hand the revelation of the past closeness between Harrow and Khonshu is a novelty for the canon of the character, on the other hand it is difficult not to see in the figure of Harrow's divine avatar a resemblance to the character of Sun King, who appeared in the management of Bemis of Moon Knight, where this opponent of Khonshu's Fist creates his own community in which to welcome the outcasts of society, offering them a new life

A glimpse into cinematic Marvel

Hard not to see in the approach given to Mr. Knight an echo of the humor typical of the cinematic Deadpool, complete with a landing with a superhero pose, as always boasted by the Mercenary Chatty. In addition to this visual appeal, it is undeniable that Mr. Knight's British humor is the son of a desire to offer a comic counterpart to the more serious definition of Marc Spector and his Moon Knight.

Despite an authorial will of Marvel Studios not to have an excessive relevance to the Marvel Universe, in Moon Knight we see a reference to the Gobale Repatriation Committee (GRC), the agency born in the wake of the post-Avengers: Endgame Blip, in charge of managing the situations that have arisen. Appearing in The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, this agency is now making an appearance in Moon Knight as well.

Moon Knight: Summon the Costume

With the second chapter of Moon Knight, it's evident the desire to give a less serious and more comic interpretation of the character. An interesting choice, which fits well within the enhancement of the plurality of personalities of the Marvelian superhero, which differs deeply from the original paper, an authorial decision claimed by the production and which is showing its own legitimacy. The contrast between Steven's upset but light-hearted personality amuses, plays down to the right point, bringing consistency to even the most serious Marc. Could this be the right dynamic for the series? The next few episodes will prove whether this narrative key has proved to be the right one.

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