Moon Knight spoilers follow.
Moon Knight director Mohamed Diab has revealed which key scene he fought to keep in the pilot episode.
The first episode of the new Marvel series, which has garnered an impressive 87% score on Rotten Tomatoes in its opening few days on Disney +, follows Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac), a museum gift shop employee who is plagued with blackouts and memories of another life.
Diab told The Hollywood Reporter why he fought to keep one particular scene, where Steven is ordering a steak at a restaurant, in the premiere episode ‘Goldfish Problem’.
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The scene finds Steven arriving two days late for a date with a museum co-worker. Eventually reorienting himself, Steven decides to dine alone and proceeds to order his meal – however, he is vegan and has no knowledge of how to order a steak, and it becomes a tragicomic moment.
Diab explained that the scenes were pivotal in giving insight into Steven’s struggle with dissociative identity disorder (DID), and were therefore essential to shaping the character’s arc for the remainder of the series.
“I remember fighting for that [steak] scene, “Diab said.” That scene was written by me and [consulting producer] Sarah [Goher]and I knew that I was never going to know Steven unless we had that steak scene.
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“That is the moment when the audience is going to say, ‘It’s the first episode, but I’m in love with this character. It’s done.'”
The director continued: “To me, it was very important to find something to express that DID is not just blackouts and then his life is fine and normal. No, no, no. DID is destroying his life, even his romantic life.
“He can not have a lover or a normal relationship with anyone because of what he’s been going through. It’s such a black comedy kind of moment, but it’s the moment that the audience can connect to Steven,” he concluded.
Aaron Moorhead, whose episodes directed with Justin Benson will air later in the series, said that he hopes Moon Knight will lead to “some thoughtful discussions around mental health”.
In an interview with Digital SpyMoorhead added: “I guess it feels like it’s designed so it asks a lot of questions. It answers them but it’s designed to inspire conversation about hopefully your own life in some ways too.
“There’s some pretty big philosophical discussions going on in the series that generally have to do with discussions that human beings have been having for literally hundreds of thousands of years.”
Moon Knight is now streaming on Disney +with new episodes every Wednesday.
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