MOVIE NEWS – There was talk of Doctor Strange bringing horror elements to the MCU in a multiverse of madness, but Moon Knight beat it.
Warning: if you haven’t seen episode 4 of Moon Knight, this article contains spoilers!
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has long held the promise of bringing horror to the MCU for the first time, but thanks to the film’s numerous Covid delays, Moon Knight has now managed to beat Doc Strange’s madcap adventure to the punch. In the latest episode of Disney+’s highly rated series, the newest member of Marvel faced some pretty terrifying adversaries, so he’s trying to guarantee Marvel fans nightmares ahead of Doctor Strange’s arrival.
Although we all suspected that we were in for something a little darker when Sam Raimi took the helm of the new Doctor Strange adventure, Moon Knight has been pretty standard so far, with the occasional creature appearance and some spectacular and brutal action sequences.
In episode 4, Marc Spector/Steven Grant went to an Egyptian tomb with Layla, where they met a very evil undead guardian of the goddess Ammit.
As the creature ripped body parts from an unfortunate goon, Layla and Steven’s discovery led to one of the most significant jump scares to date in the MCU. As Layla tries to escape the creature, the monster leaps out of the darkness to snatch her away, not once but twice, in a scene that proves Marvel is keen to explore something a little more horrifying in the future.
The scene pays homage to almost every classic horror trope imaginable…
…from the screams to the jump scares to the terrifying beast and plenty of running and hiding as the creature lurks somewhere in the darkness, stalking our heroes.
Since Sam Raimi is a master of such things, the Moon Knight scene only served to whet the appetite for what’s to come in Doctor Strange’s Multiverse of Madness, coming in a few weeks.
When it comes to Marvel Studios, it’s long been a question of whether we’ll see R-rated content in the MCU. While Deadpool was promised for its debut and is now technically in, thanks to the arrival of the Defenders saga on Disney+, Marvel’s flagship genre is still looking to maintain the broadly family-friendly PG-13 rating fans have come to expect.
With Doctor Strange promising horror elements in a multiverse of madness and Evil Dead director Sam Raimi at the helm, some speculated that the film would eventually receive a higher rating from the censors. However, despite the gory images, zombies and jump scares, the film managed to stay on the right side of the PG-13 rating, but it seems the boundaries were pushed as far as possible. In any case, on May 6, we’ll find out just how dark the new Doctor Strange adventure will be.