Director Moon Night about the mystery of personality, Layla’s powers

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

Those who think they know how it was last week Knight of the Moon the finale has come down you might want to rethink. Although the miniseries ended with some closure, as conflicting personalities Marc Spector and Steven Grant (both played by Oscar Isaac) finally embraced each other and defeated Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) as the Knight of the Moon, there was still a healthy amount of impatience. think. And, as series director Mohamed Diab would like fans to remember, there’s a lot of ambiguity throughout.

After the completion of Marvel’s ambitious new mini-series, Diab spoke briefly to Polygon about the finale, his hopes for future stories about the Moon Knight, and how the series may not be as clear as some think.

This interview is designed for clarity and conciseness.

Polygon: Knight of the Moon is a stand-alone story, but you leave a lot open! How to balance this, giving viewers a closed narrative arc, while leaving the final state of Marco / Steven in limbo?

Mohamed Diab: It was very important for us to see the world through someone’s eyes who it is [dissociative identity disorder]. That kind of disorientation – it’s not a trick, you blink. It’s not a trick in action as much as life feels this way – as if you can simply obscure and discover that something happened that you never thought you would do, that you are responsible for something you didn’t do. So that was very important.

Marc Spector revealed himself in the costume of the Moon Knight, pulling the crescent blade from his chest.

Photo: Gabor Kotschy / Marvel Studios

But I think people will think about it after a while [Moon Knight] a second viewing show or a third viewing show. There are so many loops and so many layers. There are a lot of things you think about, OK, I understand what’s real and what’s not. But when you come back and examine it – I don’t seem to know exactly what’s going on. And again, this is how we feel Marc and Steven’s life could be, and whatever we feel we know about Marc and Steven, I think the journey, if we are allowed to go back and expand one day, could be even crazier than anything we think Yes it is.

Let’s talk about that big transition: the show ends with Marc and Steven accepting each other and believing they’ve come to terms with their condition, but then Jake Lockley, third person, is introduced. How do you balance that journey of healing with the idea of ​​a new person that Marc and Steven are unaware of?

I think [Moon Knight] there’s room to expand one day because we think it feels like it’s at the end of the road before you see the scene after the loan, OK, the character arc is full. Marc and Steven are learning to live with each other. That is what this trip is about. But there may be another trauma we don’t know about [that brings about] Jake’s fainting. You can’t understand the whole story without understanding what’s going on with Jake, which is something we threw away in the end because we felt he deserved a complete study of the character for himself.

And maybe there are others? Could be? Who said Khonshu is no voice [Marc’s] head? … I’m telling you, there are a lot of things when you come back and look, you’ll think OK, there are a lot of theories here. It’s not a trick – maybe this guy’s mind is so broken that we don’t even realize how nervous he is.

Layla with her wings and blades drawn in her crimson scarab costume

Marvel Studios

I also want to ask about Layla – she gets the powers of an avatar, but unlike Marc, she refuses the service required by Khonshu. What makes her journey different? What was important in making her transformation different from Marco’s?

First of all, she is paired with a character who is the opposite of her, where [Taweret] everything is like, feminine and sparkling. It is the opposite of [what] Layla is, and I love opposites. Just imagine Layla hearing Taweret’s voice in her head, it will drive her crazy, trying to convince her to stay as an avatar and maybe learn or not learn whether to be an avatar or not.

But I want to tell you something very important. You don’t know what that moment was like when Layla became a great superhero in Egypt, the Middle East, Southeast Asia. For my daughter, when she was 5, she always wanted to straighten her hair because she had never seen herself in any animation. And today, girls who look like Layla can look up to her and believe they can be whatever they want. Egyptians make a show behind the camera and have Egyptians in front of the camera, using Egyptian music. People believe they can do anything. You know, as part of the world’s developing countries, sometimes they feel like the West is so superior, like our art doesn’t matter. As if we weren’t enough to make a show like this. But now they believe they can make a good show. Now they believe it is their music that people on the show are in love with, by Egyptian composer Hesham Nazih. So it’s becoming a national pride there, and I’m so proud of it.

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