Marvel Stays Family-Friendly, Erases Violent Scene From MCU Series

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Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/Moon Knight

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Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight almost had a brutal end for Episode 1 that was cut so that Marvel could continue to be safe under Disney’s “family-friendly” umbrella.

Marc Spector as Moon Knight
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While the whole series is now available to watch on Disney+, fans were really excited to see what Isaac would do with the relatively unknown super hero. Moon Knight was Marvel’s first big focus on mental health as Moon Knight struggles with Dissociative Identity Disorder. In the series, Isaac plays three roles — Steven Grant, Marc Spector, and Jake Lockley — who is guided by the Moon God, Khonshu.

While the series does delve a bit into Egyptian Mythology and gives fans some great action, something that was lacking from the series was the brutal fights that were promised by Marvel. Some fans have wanted the MCU to get bloody for a long time and be like the Netflix Marvel shows, but it seems that Disney can’t fully commit to doing this just yet.

Oscar Isaac as Jake Lockley
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Even with Parental controls now on Disney+ and testing out censorship on some graphic scenes, Marvel decided to remove any trace of the brutal fights that were promised. Beforehand, fans would’ve thought that there were no crazy fight sequences in Moon Knight, but the stunt double for Moon Knight revealed that the first episode originally had a large fight between the Jackal and the caped hero.

This battle caused a lot of damage in the bathroom and fans only got to see the last final seconds of a brawl that would’ve lasted a few minutes. A fan was able to share the pre-visual breakdown of the fight done earlier on giving fans a good idea of what the series would’ve done if the scene was kept:

So they originally had a full #MoonKnight vs Jackal fight in Episode 1. (Stunt Previz)

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This is quite disappointing as some fans are concerned that Marvel will ruin Jon Bernthal’s Punisher and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool by playing it too safe. MCU fans want those characters to be just like before and not morphed into a washed-down version that isn’t true to the character.

With Charlie Cox getting his own Daredevil series, fans are hoping that Marvel won’t mess things up, but it’s hard to trust the studio to go darker and cover deeper themes when most series tend to fall back to the traditional MCU formula. It would’ve been great to see more of Moon Knight in action as the series definitely felt like the best action sequences were kept under wraps due to the mysterious revelation at the end becoming Marvel’s fallback to not showing fans some brutal fights.

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Arthur Harrow walking with armed men
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The show’s official synopsis is:

Moon Knight is a new globetrotting action-adventure series featuring a complex vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. The multiple identities who live inside him find themselves thrust into a deadly war of the gods against the backdrop of modern and ancient Egypt. Moon Knight is directed by Mohamed Diab and is coming to Disney+ on March 30.

Moon Knight blocking Harrow's magic
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Do you think Marvel will ruin The Punisher and Deadpool? Do you want to see more violent action scenes in the MCU? 

Phase Four has started off with a lot of content for Marvel fans to look forward to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On Disney+  you can watch Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel on June 8, and She-Hulk on August 17. For movies, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness is out in theaters right now, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder on July 8, and of course, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on November 11.

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