A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some positive messages around doing the right thing and good triumphing over evil, but heavy action and complex plot take away the moral focus.
Positive Role Models
Lead character Steven Grant (and alter ego Marc Spector) are imperfect heroes, but they are trying to do the right thing and help good triumph over evil.
Cast is fairly racially diverse. Main story centers around male characters, through there is one strong and fully realized woman character. Some gender counterstereotypes: Main character Steven Grant is not a typical Marvel hero type, and even the male villain is played with an understated demeanor.
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Violence & Scariness
Intense character peril and psychological suspense. Creepy human villains as well as scary monster creatures. Violence with weapons (guns, etc.). Much of the violence is implied rather than shown on-screen, but bloody injuries and dead bodies are shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some character flirtation; not a major plot point.
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Moderate profanity like "ass," "s--t," and "bloody hell." Insults like "idiot" and "stupid."
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Products & Purchases
Some fleeting brand references. Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has lots of related merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink in moderation.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Moon Knight is a six-episode miniseries based on the same-named Marvel comic. Starring Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke, it leans more into the psychological thriller category than Marvel's typical superhero fare. There's intense suspense, an uber-creepy villain, and monsters that lurk in the shadows. The actual violence is somewhat toned down, as a lot of it is implied rather than shown, though you can expect bloody gun injuries and death throughout. There's moderate profanity ("ass," "s--t," "bloody hell"), as well as insults like "idiot" and "stupid." While Moon Knight doesn't sit in the horror genre, teens (and adults) who aren't into intense scary moments may want to sit out this entry in the MCU.
Is It Any Good?
This Marvel TV miniseries follows in the footsteps of WandaVision with a more experimental approach, to its benefit. Moon Knight doesn't have blockbuster movie battle scenes, amazing visual effects, or incredible superhero gadgets and powers. Instead, the storylines rely on psychological tension and require the viewer to put together the puzzle pieces themselves. The villain, Hawke's Arthur Harrow, is quiet and understated, making him all the more creepy. Older teens who can handle suspense and violence and are into other Marvel characters will enjoy this series. Moon Knight doesn't require any Marvel fandom to be enjoyed, so teens generally into "prestige dramas" will probably enjoy the superb acting performances and mystery-like plot. Marvel nerds are sure to be talking about this one, but it seems likely that a broader audience will get sucked into the Moon Knight story world too.
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