At a certain point we need to ask ourselves as viewers what it is that we want from Marvel TV shows and movies. There is a certain degree of formula to them all - a house style if you will.
When I look at a Marvel TV show, I look at it in the same way that I tend to view reading comics from 'the big two' (ie Marvel and DC): the stories will be somewhat disposable, but you're reading to get the occasional thrill and sometimes you might get surprised by a story approach that surprises and delights. But at the end of the day, you know you are just reading that months churn in the cycle of never-ending serialised stories that are ultimately meaningless. A superhero story from Marvel and DC has the same weight as today's episode of a daytime soap.
Approach is important as you start watching Moon Knight. This is a character that most comic book readers would profess to not really knowing much about. Created in 1975, the character can charitably be seen as a Batman knock-off. In later years, his collection of alter-egos were explained as disassociative personality disorder. As most people press play on episode one of Moon Knight, they're doing it for the fact it is the latest Marvel installment.
So, how does it fare within the Marvel experience? I'd suggest better than most. It certainly feels just a little bit smarter and individual than most Marvel product, but certainly falls in line with that expected house style. The show has a great lead with Oscar Isaac joining the MCU as Steven Grant, AKA Marc Spector, AKA Moon Knight. He is great fun to watch as the somewhat addled Steven Grant in England (accent and all). The first episode with Grant jumping confusedly from scenario to scenario echoes strongly of the film Momento. In terms of a villain, Isaac is playing against Ethan Hawke as a cult leader. It is all set against the backdrop of ancient Egypt, with the show concerned about ruins and artifacts. Look at it as Momento meets Indiana Jones and you'll know what you are in for.
With just one episode, it is difficult to really get a hold on just how invested one should be with this show, but it proved itself to be hugely watchable, entertaining in parts, and certainly very much in line with brand Marvel.
It's fine. Just go into it knowing this isn't a novel as much as it is episode 263 in the ongoing Marvel serial.
Moon Knight is streaming weekly on Disney+