Spoilers follow for Episode 3 of Moon Knight. You have been warned.
Moon Knight Episode 3 has arrived on Disney Plus – and it looks like Steven Grant may have another personality, alongside Marc Spector, to contend with.
The Marvel Phase 4 TV show had already teased us with a number of Easter eggs in its first two episodes – check out our articles on Episodes 1 and 2, if you haven’t read them yet. But it looks like Moon Knight’s third installment hints at an even bigger surprise to come, and this one has certainly piqued the interest of Marvel comics fans.
We’re about to dive in Major spoiler territory for Moon Knight Episode 3. Don’t read the image below if you haven’t watched it yet.
Still with us? If so, you’ll know that Steven and Marc don’t seem to be responsible for the deaths of some of Arthur Harrow’s followers at the start of Episode 3.
Around 9:00 a.m., we see that Marc has apparently stabbed some of Harrow’s followers to death after a frantic chase through an Egyptian town. Knowing that he had no control over Marc/Steven’s body during this part of the fight, a slightly shocked Marc asks Steven why he killed Harrow’s men.
“I swear it wasn’t me!” Steven replies. “So who was it…?” asks Mark.
If it wasn’t one of these personalities, who could it be? Due to Steven’s Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), there may be a third personality living inside Steven’s mind. And no, we are not talking about Khonshu.
Unsurprisingly, the Marvel comics have the answer: it seems the character responsible for murdering Harrow’s followers is another of the character’s identities: Jake Lockley.
“Wait, who is Jake Lockley? you may be thinking. Let us explain.
In the comics, Lockley is another of Marc Spector’s personalities. He is a tough taxi driver based in New York who uses his day job as a front to conduct detective work and develop a network of informants for Marc/Moon Knight. This allows the caped vigilante to stay one step ahead of his enemies, uncover new mysteries and secrets, and learn other useful information in his fight against the underworld. Think of Lockley as a detective character from Moon Knight (much like Batman), and you’ll get the idea.
Like Steven Grant, Jake Lockley is one of multiple identities that Marc Spector uses to disguise himself as authorities in the comics. But, like Steven, Khonshu, and Moon Knight, Lockley’s presence in Marc’s mind only further fractures his psyche, making his “normal” life all the more complicated.
So how does Lockley fit into the MCU’s incarnation of Moon Knight? Well, it’s possible that Marvel Studios has altered this particular identity of Steven to make him a much more dangerous personality than his comic book counterpart.
In the comics, Steven positions himself as a millionaire, which is a far cry from the mild-mannered British gift shop clerk we met in the Moon Knight TV series. Lockley’s “background” and abilities may therefore have been similarly altered for the TV adaptation. It may be that, in the MCU at least, he’s a ruthless killer who has no qualms about murdering people who stand in his (or Khonshu’s) way, which would be a huge change from his character. detective in comics.
Of course, there is no guarantee that this is Lockley does. From what audiences have learned about Marc so far, he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty – he’s a mercenary after all, so he’ll be used to beating the bad guys.
Clearly, however, Mark has some moral and seems to only take the lives of others when it is a matter of life or death. Also, it is apparent that he is not in control of Steven’s body when he stabs Harrow’s followers to death. If it’s not him or Steven, it must be another alter-ego of theirs – and all signs, at this point, point to Lockley.
If Lockley is introduced in one of Moon Knight’s final two episodes – we can confirm he doesn’t appear in Episode 4 – it would make for an interesting battle between Moon Knight’s triumvirate of personalities.
We would have Steven, the most aware and pacifist of the group. We would have Marc, the merc/action hero who blurs the lines between good and evil. And then we would have Lockley, who could be the personification of the dark side of Marc/Steven and the one to get things done for Khonshu when Marc refuses. It would definitely play into the theme of triangles and pyramids – you know, with their three sides – if Lockley came out to play at some point.
So hopefully we get a concrete answer to this particular mystery in the final episodes of Moon Knight.
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