The third episode of Marvel’s Moon Knight on Disney Plus included a nod to a location from another recent MCU series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
So far, Moon Knight has been relatively light on connections to the wider MCU. While other recent Disney Plus series from Marvel have relied heavily on the pre-existing MCU continuity, Moon Knight is introducing a new hero and one who has so far not even been seen setting foot in the United States, where the majority of MCU stories take place. However, lest fans start to think Moon Knight is shying away from that broader continuity, Episode 3 dropped a quick nod to a major new MCU location.
As Oscar Isaac’s Marc Spector and May Calamawy’s Layla go to meet with the seedy antiquities dealer Anton Mogart, played by the late Gaspard Ulliel, they are greeted by Anton’s associate, Bek (Loic Mabanza). As he takes them to see Anton, Bek tells Layla “After Madripoor, I’m sure you two will have a lot to talk about.”
Madripoor was introduced to the MCU in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which saw Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes and Baron Helmut Zemo traveling there, where they were reunited with Sharon Carter. Madripoor was depicted as a nation controlled by the criminal underworld and marked the first major X-Men location to be brought into the MCU, following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox and the X-Men film and TV rights.
In the comics, Madripoor has ties to Wolverine, who spent time there in the guise of Patch – a cover identity he developed to infiltrate Madripoor’s criminal circles. Given the nation’s lawlessness, it is not surprising that Layla and Anton have spent time there. When Sharon Carter was last seen in Madripoor, she was shown with an impressive collection of black market artworks, suggesting Anton may have gained much of his antiquities collection there.
Here is the synopsis for Moon Knight:
The series follows Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt.
Starring Oscar Isaac, May Calamawy, Karim El Hakim, F. Murray Abraham, and Ethan Hawke. The first two episodes of the new MCU series is now available to stream on Disney Plus, with new episodes dropping every Wednesday.
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