Moon Knight’s latest episode takes us to quite a crucial juncture in the story: Steven and Layla finally found Ammit’s ushabti, only for Harrow to arrive moments later and shoot Marc in the chest.
The last segment happening in Marc’s mind takes us through quite a trip that almost makes us forget about another big discovery by the duo (trio? How many personalities are there?): Finding Alexander the Great’s long-lost tomb.
You’re not alone in wondering what exactly is this historic figure doing in the MCU.
In Moon Knight Ep 4, Steven and Layla are hunting down Ammit’s ushabti. They find out that it is buried in her last avatar’s tomb. When they find the tomb, they uncover that her last avatar was the legendary Alexander the Great.
Another thing this episode clarifies is that Ammit, just like Khonsu currently, is locked up in a stone seal known as an ushabti.
Steven and Layla theorize that whichever pharaoh Ammit’s ushabti is buried with, must be her last avatar as well. So they solve the Eye of the Horus maze, choosing to go down the path representing the tongue because her avatar was famously known as “The Voice of Ammit.”
(This is just like how Moon Knight is known as “The Fist of Khonshu”).
After tackling a very nasty Hekka priest guarding the sarcophagus, Steven realizes that some of the writing is in Macedonian. As a major history buff, he knows this can only mean one thing: it’s Alexander the Great’s lost tomb!
Is Alexander the Great’s tomb really missing?
A big yes. It is believed that Alexander the Great was originally entombed in Memphis, but with schemes of snatching his throne and plundering his tomb going around, his remains were later moved to Alexandria, a city he had named after himself.
In fact, looting of the tomb went on for years, eventually leading to questions about the location of the tomb and if it was even filled with real treasures anymore. Some archeologists explained that the tomb got “lost” due to a tsunami inundating Alexandria in 356 AD.
The tomb has still not been discovered even today, despite many claims. While Steven Grant may have found it in Egyptian sands, it is unlikely to be found in the dry desert in the real world.
Is Mr. Great really associated with Ammit?
Alexander the Great was associated with a few gods, but Ammit was not one of them—also, taking into account that Ammit is not a god but a creature in Egyptian mythology.
Despite not spending much time in Egypt, Alexander the Great made quite an impact on them. He was given the title of pharaoh, even when he didn’t fit the role in the conventional sense.
During his occupation of Egypt, he came to be known as the son of Zeus-Ammon (or simply, Amun in Egyptian Mythology). I think it was his earthy battles, not his divinity, that gave him this title.
But since he already has a connection to an Egyptian god and given his too-good-to-be-true world domination, Alexander the Great seems like a great fit for Moon Knight’s story and the MCU in general.
Was Alexander the Great an MCU superhero?
Alexander the Great is indeed a part of the Marvel comics, but he wasn’t a superhero and was quite like his real-life self.
He has very few, obscure comic book stories and mentions, and in some of them, he did get into supernatural-ish adventures during his conquests. Oh, and he also did possess the Spear of Hercules! But that’s the extent of all the fun he had in the comics.
It looks like Moon Knight may be rewriting his comic book version for the MCU. As Ammit’s avatar, we’re yet to learn in what capacity he served her, and whether his great, successful conquests all over the world were part of her schemes.
In the earlier episodes, Harrow has also mentioned how Ammit’s last avatar betrayed her. If we put two and two together, he’s actually talking about Alexander the Great. I’m curious to see if the show will dive into why he did so. For now, all we can do is wait for more episodes to find out.
About Moon Knight
Moon Knight is an American superhero television series created for Disney+ based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The 6-episode series is directed by Mohamed Diab and the team of Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead. Jeremy Slater is the head writer for the sixth MCU Show.
The series follows Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt.
Oscar Isaac, May Calamawy, and Ethan Hawke star in the Disney+ series.