Shortly before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness took over the MCU fandom, the franchise’s sixth Disney+ show ended with Oscar Isaac’s final episode Moon Knight. The finale set the stage for an interesting journey with Isaac’s Marc Spector in Marvel Studios’ narrative, especially after seemingly leaving Khonshu and the character of Moon Knight behind.
In this finale, Isaac showcased everything he had in his performance, as Marc Spector and Steven Grant, as fans celebrated Steven’s return from the dead in the Duat before the duo come back to the real world. This preceded an epic final battle between not only Marc and Arthur Harrow, but also the Egyptian gods and goddesses Ammit, Khonshu and Taweret, as their Avatars unleashed their full power.
Although the finale was accompanied by many exciting topics to discuss, including the long-awaited revelation of Jake Lockley, the series was filled with moments of tragedy throughout almost every episode. Now, with all six episodes available to stream on Disney+, one of the show’s directors has shared some of his own favorite moments from scenes that made it into the show and scenes that didn’t.
Moon Knight Oscar-Worthy Deleted Scene
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Moon Knight director Mohamed Diab, who revealed details about a deleted scene that he hopes Marvel will release soon.
While praising Isaac as “a genius actor” Diab revealed that his favorite sequence was actually cut from the final episode – the one that dominated his work in Episode 5. The scene showed both Marc and Steven dealing with their abusive mother. “in a white void”, perhaps to make peace with their traumatic childhood. Diab called Isaac’s performance “Worthy of an Oscar:”
“I think he would say I was just cheering him on, but I always tell him, ‘You’re going to win it all,’ because he’s always awesome. He’s a genius actor. The irony is that my scene favorite was cut. That was in episode 6. As great as everything else was, he actually topped it off with something even better. He confronted his mother in a white void, and he was doing back and forth between Marc and Steven. Oh my God. This scene in itself is an Oscar-worthy performance. Hopefully Marvel releases this scene one day because Oscar was a genius.
Diab also talked about moments from the last two episodes that rival the steak scene from Episode 1, mentioning how “the emotional stakes are rising” in the penultimate entry. While teasing that there’s a longer take of the steak scene, he mentioned the scene featuring Marc’s mother’s seated shiva as a key moment where Isaac embodies sadness through three different characters à la time :
“Well, the emotional stakes go up in episode five. So if we’re talking about the amount of emotional intensity, everything in episode five is more intense. By the way, there was a longer version of that scene of steak, which was fantastic, too. So my favorites would be the steak scene and the scene after shiva sitting when Marc is crying on the floor. And then Marc and Steven are talking about it. Oscar did a fantastic job of feeling sad through three different people, and it was such a great and moving scene. I love what Oscar did there.
The director also confirmed that Steven was still meant to survive on the show when asked if there was a version where he didn’t return. Talking with dissociative identity disorder experts led this show to learn to live with different identities rather than canceling them outright:
“Never. The journey is about teaching Marc and Steven to live together, so you can’t cut either of them. And by the way, that’s something we learned from understanding what DID is thanks to the experts we had on hand. People with DID learn to live with their identity, not to cancel one or more of their identities.”
Working through tragic moments in Moon Knight
Episode 5 of Moon Knight put Marc Spector in a traumatic situation where he had to come to terms with his past, which meant coming face to face with his abusive mother and remembering the period of mourning after her death. Although Diab couldn’t put this scene in episode 6, he made it clear that he wanted Marc and Steven to have the opportunity to face this horrible past and put it behind them, so that they can move forward together.
It would also have tied the final two episodes more tightly together, giving Marc the ability to feel even more whole as he battled Arthur Harrow and the goddess Ammit. Where this might have fit into the runtime is a mystery, but Diab clearly wanted to add another emotional moment in Marc’s first season finale episode on Disney+.
Mental health played a major role in the revelation Moon Knightwithin the MCU, and while not everything made it into the final cut, Diab insisted that this aspect of the main character’s journey be told as fully as possible.
The six episodes of Moon Knight are now available to stream on Disney+.
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