Moon Knight Instantly Destroys Kate Bishop’s Hawkeye Record

In Hawkeye, Kate Bishop had the dubious honor of claiming a dark record from Iron Man, but in a single episode, Moon Knight quickly broke that record.

Warning: Contains spoilers for Moon Knight episode 1.

In HawkeyeKate Bishop claimed a record previously held by Iron Man, but Mook Knight has already broken Kate’s record. Hawkeye and Moon Knight are both Disney+ TV series that serve to introduce new major heroes who will appear in upcoming projects. While Hawkeye was a relatively light-hearted Christmas romp, Moon Knight is something all together darker.

In Moon Knight episode 1, “The Goldfish Problem,” Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) goes to sleep in his bed in London and then suddenly finds himself in a village in the Alps and being chased by men with guns. When Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) asks him for the scarab, Khonshu refuses to let him give it up, and Marc Spector takes over. When Steven regains control he has clearly killed several people and is covered in blood. As the scene continues the conflict gets more bloody as Marc Spector shoots several people and forces cars off the road and down a mountain.


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When Hawkeye debuted, it came as a shock in episode 3, “Echoes” when Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) killed people: an explosive arrow blew up a van and certainly killed whoever was inside. Kate Bishop was the first hero to kill humans, intentionally or otherwise, during her first outing since the MCU’s very early days when Tony Stark killed people in Iron Man (2008). With Marc Spector’s bloody conflict, the Moon Knight TV series has clearly out-performed Kate Bishop’s Hawkeye performance in terms of lives taken, granting it the dubious honor of the most recent time a hero has premiered in the MCU and killed people at the same time.

Moon Knight Steven Killed Men Alps

It is perhaps unsurprising that Moon Knight was so quick to claim this record, not having Marc Spector or Steven Grant wait until episode 3 as with Kate Bishop in Hawkeye but having them murder people right from the beginning in Moon Knight episode 1. While Kate Bishop had never been in real conflict before and Tony Stark had dealt in arms but not used them, in the comics Moon Knight’s Marc Spector has a history as a deadly mercenary. For a long time, it was known that Moon Knight would be darker and more violent than previous, however in a story filled with gods and monsters, there was no guarantee that humans would be his target.

Although the graphic and visceral nature of the violence in Moon Knight might seem uncharacteristic of the MCU, it fits recent trends for Marvel both in and out of the MCU. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, John Walker (Wyatt Russell) brutally killed combatants after the death of Battlestar (Key Bennett), leaving blood smeared across Captain America’s shield. Even more notably, the much darker Marvel entries of The Defenders series and The Punisher now have a plausible connection to the MCU and have moved from Netflix to Disney+. All of these trends point towards the MCU becoming a darker and more gruesome place to be, with Moon Knight just taking one more step in a journey that Kate Bishop was part of in Hawkeye.

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