Spoilers for Moon Knight Episode 3 follow. You have been warned.
Moon Knight Episode 3 has arrived on Disney Plus, and it looks like Steven Grant may have another personality, along with Marc Spector, to deal with.
The Marvel Phase 4 TV show had already teased us with a series of Easter eggs in its first two episodes - check out our articles on episodes 1 and 2, if you haven't already read them. But it looks like the third Moon Knight 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 Major spoiler territory for Moon Knight Episode 3. Don't read the image below if you haven't seen it yet.
(*two*)Moon Knight, Mr Knight and... a taxi driver?! (Image credit: Marvel Studios)
Are you still with us? If so, you know that Steven and Marc don't seem to be responsible for the deaths of some of Arthur Harrow's followers at the beginning of Episode 3.
Around 9:00am, we see that Marc has apparently stabbed some of Harrow's followers to death after a frantic chase through an Egyptian city. 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!" replies Steven. "So who was...?" 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 in Steven's mind. And no, we are not talking about Khonshu.
Unsurprisingly, Marvel comics have the answer: It appears that the character responsible for murdering Harrow's followers is another of the character's identities: Jake Lockley.
Is that what Jake Lockley does? (Image credit: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)
“Wait, who is Jake Lockley? you may be thinking. Let's 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 cover to do 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, discover 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 the many identities that Marc Spector uses to disguise himself as authority 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 even more complicated.
So how does Lockley fit into the MCU's incarnation of Moon Knight? Well, it's possible that Marvel Studios have 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 on the TV series Moon Knight. Thus, Lockley's "background" and abilities may have been similarly altered for the television adaptation. It may be that, in the MCU at least, he's a ruthless killer who has no qualms about murdering people who get in his (or Khonshu's) way, which would be quite a change from his detective persona in the comics.
Marc and Steven may have to deal with Jake in future episodes of Moon Knight. (Image credit: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)
Of course, there is no guarantee that this is Lockley's doing. From what the public has learned about Marc so far, he's not afraid to get his hands dirty; after all, he's a mercenary, so he'll be used to beating bad guys.
Obviously though, Marc has some morals and seems to only take the lives of others when it comes to a matter of life and 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, he must be another alter ego of theirs, and all signs, at this point, point to Lockley.
If Lockley does show up in one of the last two Moon Knight episodes, we can confirm that he doesn't show up in episode 4, it would make for an interesting battle between Moon Knight's triumvirate of personalities.
We would have Steven, the most conscientious and pacifist of the group. We would have Marc, the mercenary/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 who does things for Khonshu when Marc refuses. He would definitely play with the triangles and pyramids theme, you know, with the three sides of it, if Lockley ever came out to play.
So hopefully we'll get a concrete answer to this particular mystery in the final episodes of Moon Knight.
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