‘Moon Knight’ Fans Are Calling for Oscar Isaac to Win Awards After Episode 5: ‘Masterful Acting’

Moon Knight Episode 5 dropped today, April 27, and many viewers are in agreement: Oscar Isaac did an incredible job and deserves more than a few awards. After watching the Marvel show’s penultimate episode, fans took to social media to praise Isaac’s acting and demand that he receive recognition for his work. Here’s more on the episode and what fans are saying, plus Isaac’s potential future with Moon Knight.

[Spoiler alert: The following story contains spoilers for Moon Knight Episode 5.]

Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant/Marc Spector, looking at himself in a mirror in Moon Knight
Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant/Marc Spector, looking at himself in a mirror in ‘Moon Knight’ | Marvel Studios/Disney+

‘Moon Knight’ Episode 5 focuses heavily on Marc Spector’s difficult past

The new episode of Moon Knight picks back up in the psychiatric hospital where Marc Spector (Isaac) found himself in episode 4. He and Steven Grant meet the hippo goddess Taweret (Antonia Salib), who explains that Steven and Marc are riding an Egyptian boat on their way to the afterlife. But first, their hearts must balance on the Scales of Justice against the Feather of Truth. If the scale balances, Steven and Marc can move on to the heavenly Field of Reeds. However, if they don’t, they’re banished to Duat, where unbalanced souls freeze in sand forever.

The scales have trouble balancing, so Taweret tells Marc and Steven that they must “show each other the truth.” Thus, Steven and Marc embark on a journey into Marc’s darkest childhood memories. First, viewers learn that Marc’s younger brother drowned after the two went into an unsafe cave in the rain. Marc’s mother blamed him, drank heavily, and physically abused him. To cope with the trauma, Marc created an alternate personality named Steven Grant.

Marc and Steven also see how Khonshu (F. Murray Abraham) came to use Marc as an avatar. Wracked with guilt over killing innocent people in a job, Marc agreed to help the Egyptian god eliminate criminals.

Unfortunately, Marc and Steven can’t balance the scales in time. The souls of Duat come to collect them from the boat. After a fight, Steven falls overboard and becomes frozen in the sand. Meanwhile, the scales finally balance, and the episode ends with Marc arriving at the Field of Reeds.

Many fans want Oscar Isaac to win awards for ‘Moon Knight’

Oscar Isac spent plenty of time switching between Marc and Steven during this episode, capturing both characters’ emotions as authentically as possible. Moon Knight Episode 5 left many fans thoroughly impressed with the actor’s skills.

“#MoonKnight Episode 5 is one of the most profound pieces of storytelling the MCU has achieved,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “I love how they depicted the fragility of the mind & how trauma has a severe impact on forming who we are. Oscar Isaac displayed masterful acting. What a mind trip. BRILLIANT INNIT?”

“Oscar Isaac once again proving to be one of the finest actors of our generation,” another user tweeted. “His performance in the most recent episode of Moon Knight just might be his all-time best, and I am not OK.”

Many fans demanded that Isaac win an Emmy Award for his acting.

“GIVE OSCAR ISAAC ALL THE AWARDS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THIS IS PEAK ACTING,” one person wrote.

“This episode really showcased what an amazing actor Oscar Isaac is, if he doesn’t win any awards for this I will riot,” another person added.

Would Oscar Isaac be open to playing Moon Knight again?

With only six episodes, Moon Knight has been billed as a limited series, so it doesn’t seem like fans will get another season. Plus, Oscar Isaac himself said he’s not signed on for more Marvel projects after Moon Knight. However, it’s worth noting that Moon Knight director Mohamed Diab strongly believes Isaac could continue to play Moon Knight in the future, whether it’s a film or another season or a different project.

Isaac told Variety that playing Moon Knight again would come down to having the right story.

“If there’s any kind of future, I think it just depends on if people like it, if people want to see more, and if we find a story that’s worth telling,” he said.

Moon Knight will conclude with episode 6 on May 4. Episodes 1 through 5 are now streaming on Disney+. Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for more updates.

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