There are a lot of parallels that run through the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the various projects in it. Often these parallels are made quite clear and other times it is a means of indicating what the future of certain characters in the franchise is going to be like. But at the same time, fans can be quite sure that these parallels might give us a massive twist with the narrative of these parallels ending rather unexpectedly. Thanos is definitely one of the most essential characters that the franchise executed quite brilliantly by the creators and every other villain will definitely be compared with him. It seems that the Moon Knight villain, Arthur Harrow has some interesting similarities in his plans with Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.
One of the biggest wonders regarding Moon Knight was the character of Arthur Harrow. Fans wondered if the character would be similar to how we got to see him in the comics even though he gave a cult leader vibe. There was hardly any indication about him in the early teasers and it was later in the trailers that we would find that he is nowhere similar to his version in the comics. This time around the character was an original take from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and only the name was inspired by the comics from a character who had a short appearance.
The first two episodes have managed to give us a lot of interesting insight into the character of Arthur Harrow. We now know that he was also an avatar of Khonshu at one time and this might be the reason he is aware of Ammit. Even though the series tries to stray from the idea of making references to some major MCU events, there are interesting parallels between the characters that the fans cannot deny. The ideologies of Arthur’s condemnatory vision actually run parallel to Thanos’ belief in righteousness. Both of them are ready to go through any means to achieve their visions.
Arthur Harrow & Thanos
In episode 2 of Moon Knight, Harrow explains that he only kills people on the basis of their evil goals in the future. This, he measures using the balance that he has in his hand and it might result in the death of the person found wrongful. But later in the series, we see that Arthur ends up killing an innocent man on the street who had discovered the scarab. This was because of killer instinct, something that is often associated with villains of his kind and other such characters. Being a former avatar of Khonshu might have actually resulted in an increase in this killer mindset.
Even Thanos used this way in order to go across the universe to bring his plans to fruition. We got to witness him killing Asgardian refugees that included Loki and Heimdall in Infinity War even though it wasn’t a necessary part of his plans. Even though both the villains stick to their ideologies, they won’t mind breaking this path for a violent move that can help them achieve their goal faster. The series actually shows us an interesting way of developing the character of Harrow with him putting broken glass in his shoes to control his pain. The two consider themselves as a means of bringing a certain balance to the universe.
Arthur Harrow has definitely been a fresh concept in terms of a villain in the MCU. The character has quite a lot of depth when it comes to the MCU and it would be interesting to see what he has in plans going ahead in the arc of the series. This is something that has definitely not been explored before and it would be interesting to see how the series manages to deliver a Thanos-like conclusion. New episodes of Moon Knight will premiere on the Disney+ platform every week.
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