‘Moon Knight’ Episode 5 Won’t Release With Its Original Opening

The Moon Knight Episode 4 ending shocked fans when Steven Grant and Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac) both appeared in a hospital, with Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy) as another patient and Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) as his therapist. As the Egyptian hippo god Taweret (Antonia Salib) stepped in, fans were left with their jaws on the floor. However, the episode did not originally end like that. And Moon Knight Episode 5 was initially planned to open very differently.

Oscar Isaac, wife Elvira Lind, and the 'Moon Knight' special launch event
Oscar Isaac, wife Elvira Lind, and the ‘Moon Knight’ special launch event | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

‘Moon Knight’ Episode 5 was originally to open with the episode 4 ending

Moon Knight cinematographer Gregory Middleton revealed that the twist at the end of episode four was the original opening for Episode 5.

“The turn in Episode 4 used to be the beginning of Episode 5,” he told Deseret News. “So he used to die in Episode 4 and then like, wake up in [the next episode]. And that’s one of the things that happen, as you’re developing, especially a complex story like this, is sometimes you move scenes around.”

While episode 4 shocked viewers, it could have given them an even bigger shock to end with the death of Moon Knight. Seeing Egyptian gods and avatars, like Díana Bermudez as Yatzil and Taweret the hippo god, shocks viewers. Ending with the death of a main character would break all expectations.

If fans had to wait an entire week to see what came next on Disney+, the internet might go rabid. However, Middleton said that shifting scenes around came with the filmmaking process.

Why did they move the opening for ‘Moon Knight’ Episode 5 to the Episode 4 ending?

While Middleton claimed the commonness of moving scenes, someone had to make the call. Another Moon Knight cinematographer, Andrew Droz Palermo, gave some backstory about why they shifted things.

“I knew that it would be such a bomb going off of people just trying to get their bearings and understand where are we now as an audience,” Palermo told Deseret News in another interview about the Moon Knight series. “They will be questioning everything that they had seen beforehand. So we wanted to be patient.”

He wanted to give Moon Knight Episode 5 time to breathe for audiences. However, he did not wish Marvel to split the shocking twist for Marc Spector/Steven Grant in half.

“We wanted to be calm,” he continued, “we wanted to let it develop. We didn’t feel the need to rush and push through this stuff.”

The new episodes on Disney+ promise to have even more mind-bending moments

Steven Grant and Marc Spector struggle to grasp reality from delusion. They’ll have to unravel if the adventure in Egypt with Khonshu and Ammit was real or if it all lives in his head.

As the Disney+ series seems to follow the Jeff Lemire Moon Knight run, fans can count on plenty more mind-blowing moments in Moon Knight Episode 5 and beyond.

Fans still have questions about the gold statue man, Crawley, and if Moon Knight’s other identity, Jake Lockley, could appear.

Fans can watch new episodes of Moon Knight on Disney+ on Wednesdays.

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