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Is Moon Knight teasing a secret third personality or a comics cameo?

As the moon has many phases, so does its knight

Moon Knight, wearing a full suit, converses with himself in a mirror. Image: Marvel Studios
Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

With its fourth episode, Moon Knight has really hit its stride as a series, but the show hasn’t run out of secrets to reveal or twists to tease. “The Tomb” had new characters, new locations, and a whole new way of looking at Marc Spector and Steven Grant’s messy relationship. And it revealed something else at the same time, by giving viewers the obvious hint that there is a third personality sneaking around the edges of the show.

[Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for Moon Knight through episode 4, “The Tomb.”]

A mysterious sarcophagus stands mysteriously in a room inside an all-white mental hospital in Moon Knight. Image: Marvel Studios

“The Tomb” concludes with Marc trapped in what appears to be his own mental space, in the form of a sterile, white mental hospital ripped straight from Marvel’s own Moon Knight comics. Just after Marc finds Steven inside a stone sarcophagus, and just before they both run screaming into the hippo-headed Egyptian goddess Taweret, they pass by another room with a sarcophagus in it.

This one’s a lot creepier, standing upright and shaking from side to side as if someone was trapped in it, and they understandably pass it by unmolested. It’s the series’ most obvious hint so far that there is a third personality sharing Marc and Steven’s body, but it’s not the first.

That came in Moon Knight’s second episode, “The Friendly Type,” when Steven experiences a blackout while battling some minions of Arthur Harrow’s and wakes up to find they have all been violently subdued — and Marc has no memory of killing the men either. As in “The Tomb,” Moon Knight moves swiftly on from that revelation without dwelling on it.

But for the savvy viewer, this could call into question every other one of Steven’s blackouts that Marc has not directly corroborated. Was it really Marc, who recently left his wife because he fears for her safety, who asked Steven’s cute coworker out on a date? And if not, who did?

Who are Moon Knight’s other personalities?

Moon Knight’s different guises, from left to right: Marc Spector, Jake Lockley, Steven Grant, and Moon Knight. “Jake, a street-smart cabbie who hears everything!,” and “Steven Grant, whose Wall Street wizardry parlays Spector’s modest savings into a millionaire’s fortune!,” says narration text. “Together they are ... Moon Knight...” in Moon Knight #1 (1980). Image: Doug Moench, Bill Sienkiewicz/Marvel Comics

In the course of Marvel Comics history, Marc Spector’s head has belonged to many people (including, in 2011’s Moon Knight series from Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, personalities based on Spider-Man, Captain America, and Wolverine). But in the character’s first comics, he had only three aspects: Marc Spector, Steven Grant, and Jake Lockley.

The three personalities allowed the hero to have a life in every strata of superhero society: Moon Knight/Marc Spector as the trained mercenary-turned-vigilante/avatar, Steven Grant as the billionaire who funded all that, and salt-of-the-earth cab driver Jake Lockley, to keep tabs on the criminal underworld.

Is Jake Lockley in Moon Knight?

It’s hard to say. Right now all we really know about the secret third personality in Moon Knight on Disney Plus is that they are even more violently capable than Marc, and that doesn’t exactly fit with the comics version of Jake.

But then again, the Steven of the show is a far cry from the suave billionaire of the comics. We could be looking at a total retread of Jake as well — or a completely original personality locked up in that sarcophagus.

Either way, with only two episodes to go and a creepy white asylum to escape from, Moon Knight can’t keep this secret under (mummy) wraps for much longer.