since the debut of moon knight on Disney+, many questions popped into the minds of fans. What was going on with Oscar Isaac’s Steven Grant? What are the real intentions of Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) and his cult? How exactly does Steven transform into Marc Spector? How many personalities inhabit the main character’s mind?
Following a rhythm similar to WandaVision, many of the questions were answered already in the second episode, while new questions appeared, creating expectations for the next chapter. The public got a better sense of Arthur Harrow’s plans, which involve judging and punishing people for crimes they will still commit in the future. Steven Grant does not approve of pretrial conviction, and flees before invoking Mr. Knight to escape unharmed.
While the public already knows what happens to anyone who crosses Arthur’s path, it remains shrouded in mystery. What was special about him that made Khonshu want to use him as an Avatar before Steven/Marc? How did he get the power to judge others? A new theory sets out to explain who Arthur is and why he does what he does.
Arthur Harrow could be Anubis
At the reddit, user TheMediocreCritic gave a pretty convincing explanation that Arthur Harrow is not who he says he is. In the comics, the antagonist is a secondary character who appeared in only one edition of the moon knightso the show’s creators may have made some changes to make him a much more menacing foe.
The thesis argues that Arthur Harrow is actually the Egyptian god Anubis, who is working to free Ammit and regain control of the underworld. In Egyptian mythology, Anubis is the god of the dead and the protector of helpless souls, and would be collecting followers that he intends to offer to Ammit as a sacrifice when he finds him.
One of the biggest clues is that Harrow uses the scale that judges a person’s soul and dignity to enter the underworld. Anubis, in mythology, is the protector of the balance. Anubis measures a person’s soul, and Ammit devours souls unworthy of entering the afterlife.
Other evidence is that when Harrow summons monstrous creatures to attack Steven, they are jackals. Anubis has the head of a jackal. It is an extension of himself. The theory further argues that Harrow is lying when he says he cannot hear Khonshu, and would be deceiving Steven and the Moon God himself.
We know that Marvel likes to keep the real villain hidden right in front of us. It was like that with WandaVision and it was like that with Falcon and the Winter Soldierand maybe moon knight is following the same strategy. One way or another, we’ll have to wait and see how Arthur Harrow’s story unfolds in the next few episodes.
moon knight is available on Disney+, with new episodes every Wednesday.