After introducing us to Steven Grant in The Goldfish Problem, Moon Knight answers a lot of questions in Summon The Suit. Of course, with only six episodes, Moon Knight can’t afford to waste much time. It’s more complex narrative, rich mythology, and lack of mainstream familiarity necessitates a bit more urgency in its storytelling. While Summon the Suit doesn’t give us much more of Moon Knight, we do get a bit of insight into Steven Grant and Marc Spector. There’s also a helping of more Egyptian mythology alongside some interesting reveals.
Summon the Suit Introduces Marc Spector
After Moon Knight’s first episode introduced us to its titular character, Summon the Suit takes us back to Steven Grant. Only Steven isn’t at the museum – he wakes up safe in his bed. But when Steven arrives at work he finds police investigating the damage from the previous night’s confrontation with Harrow and his demonic jackal. Unfortunately, neither Harrow nor his minion show up in the security footage. Only Steven gets caught on camera, which leads to his dismissal from the museum. However, Steven does recognize something different from the footage, remarking “That’s not me”, when Marc Spector looks up at the camera.
Only Steven gets caught on camera, which leads to his dismissal from the museum.
With a little detective work Steven tracks down a storage locker rented out by his Marc Spector personality. Turns out that Spector is a bit of a shady character. Steven finds a stash of passports, money, and guns along with Harrow’s scarab. Once again Steven comes face to face with Spector – a reflection that looks just like him. According to Marc Spector, he acts as the avatar for Egyptian moon god Khonshu. At Khonshu’s behest, Spector “protects the vulnerable” and delivers justice as Moon Knight. Before Steven can take what he’s found to the police, however, he finally meets the mysterious Layla.
Introducing Layla, Khonshu, and Khonshu’s Previous Avatar – Arthur Harrow
After she runs into Steven on a scooter, Layla El-Faouly introduces herself as Marc’s wife. She’s also very much unaware that Steven and Marc are the same person. Or why Steven has no idea what’s going on around him. But she shares Steven’s love for and knowledge of Egyptian mythology and hieroglyphic symbols. In additions, she’s a bit of an adventurer herself as she worked with Marc to steal the scarab from Harrow. But two police officers working for Harrow interrupt the bonding and arrest Steven. On route to pay a visit to Harrow, Steven’s new ‘friends’ explain how Marc Spector, a member of a team of mercenaries, ruthlessly killed a team of archaeologists at an Egyptian dig site.
When Steven comes face to face with Harrow again, the enigmatic cult leader drops a bombshell. Before Marc Spector, Harrow was once Khonshu’s avatar. Dissatisfied with Khonshu’s ‘late’ justice, Harrow parted ways with the Egyptian moon god. But he’s not done with gods or justice. Harrow patiently explains that he much prefers the Egyptian god Ammit’s brand of justice. Unlike Khonshu, Ammit punished evildoers before they committed their sins. Not surprisingly, Steven doesn’t think much of Harrow’s plan to resurrect Ammit.
Mr. Knight Makes a First Appearance in Summon the Suit
Another chase ensues with Harrow’s demon jackal hunting down Steven. In spite of the imminent danger, Steven refuses to give Spector control of their body. Instead, Steven summons his own suit – the dapper looking Mr. Knight. Or, as Spector refers to him, a “psychotic looking Col. Sanders’. Though he makes a good go at it, Steven can’t quite control his powers. Finally, he relents and Spector summons Moon Knight who defeats the jackal in an impressive rooftop battle. That is, the effects are impressive enough for a television series.
Or, as Spector refers to him, a ‘psychotic looking Col. Sanders.
Unfortunately, Moon Knight’s victory is short-lived. Harrow escapes with the scarab bringing him one step closer to resurrecting Ammit. Directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson (The Endless) drop another interesting tidbit in the episode’s closing minutes. Though Spector insists to Steven that this is their last mission for Kohnshu, Harrow insists the moon god is a liar. And Khonshu doesn’t inspire much confidence. He warns Spector that Layla may be next in line to serve as his avatar. As Summon the Suit ends, Marc wakes up in a hotel room overlooking pyramids in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Summon the Suit Does A Lot of Narrative Heavy-Lifting
Despite containing a lot of information for newcomers to Moon Knight lore, Summon the Suit didn’t feel exposition-heavy. Moorhead and Benson kept things moving briskly, striking a good balance between story and action. Most importantly, Moon Knight isn’t feeling like a Batman ripoff to this point. Like the MCU generally, Moon Knight has a lighter tone with Steven and Marc’s banter a particular highlight. On the other hand, Ethan Hawke’s Arthur Harrow feels a bit underused. There’s a lack of threat driving the story so far, but we’re only into the second episode.