Moon Knight theory suggests heartbreaking connection between Marc and Steven

After we only got a glimpse of Oscar Isaac’s dissenting personality in the opener, Moon Knight Episode 2 features some reveals about Marc Spector. “Summon The Suit,” features his wife Layla (May Calamawy), and some details about his questionable past as a mercenary are exposed.

We can also see him in action in the fight against Ammit’s jackal, and there are plenty of interactions between Marc and Steven that prove just how different they are. The Marvel Show has yet to provide answers on why they’re stuck together, but a fan theory suggests there could be a bigger reason behind their polar personalities.

Moon Knight theory: Steven Grant is a manifestation of Marc Spector’s guilt

Oscar Isaac in Moon Knight

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While posting on Reddit, a fan suggested that Steven could be a manifestation of everything Marc wished he could have been. Writing after the episode aired, they wrote, “So it would seem that Steven is the manifestation of all of Marc’s guilt. Not just when it comes to Layla or her past, even the little things like being vegan or having a relationship with her mother.

The message continued: “All the things Marc would have liked to have done better are represented by Steven.” It goes through particular moments where Marc and Steven make opposing choices at every turn.

For example, when Steven learns that Layla and Marc are planning a divorce, he responds, “I will never divorce.” He then also attempts to backtrack on Marc’s efforts to distance himself from her by enlisting her help on the beetle mystery.

Another telling moment comes when Layla wonders if Steven had managed to reconcile with his mother after she mentioned he was staying at her apartment. Layla asks, “So, are you talking again?” Steven is surprised, not knowing that they ever had a fight. It comes after we saw an attentive Steven leaving endless voicemails on his mother’s answering machine.

With these family issues plaguing him, it seems interesting that Marc has a distinct version of himself without these issues. Could he have manifested a part of himself removed from his anxieties?

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Other fans agreed that this theory carried some weight, as they shared their thoughts on what was going on. In response, one wrote: “Marc is clearly overwhelmed by the things he’s done and looks like he’s been forced into a lot of shit with the threat of his wife taking over the avatar mantle if he refuses.

Another suggested that Steven loving Layla’s favorite poet, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, could also be a manifestation of this. They theorized, “Loving his wife’s favorite poet is another example I’ve noticed. I bet she asked Marc to read this about 100 times. A third user also wondered if Steven could be a manifestation of Marc’s “nice side”.

Isaac suggested that one of his big hopes with the series was to portray dissociative identity disorder “honestly”. He told Vanity Fair, “I’m really proud that our show is giving this real, honest look at what it’s like to deal with mental illness with empathy.”

We may see more dissection of this in the future, as well as what it means for Marc and Steven to experience different versions of themselves.

While you wait for more answers, why not check out our Moon Knight release schedule to make sure you know when new episodes are released wherever you are. You can also check out our Marvel Phase 4 releases guide. If you haven’t already, subscribe to Disney Plus here.


More information about Moon Knight theory suggests heartbreaking connection between Marc and Steven

After we only got a glimpse of Oscar Isaac’s splinter personality in the opener, Moon Knight episode 2 features some revelations about Marc Spector. ‘Summon The Suit’, introduces his wife Layla (May Calamawy), and some details about his dodgy past as a mercenary are exposed. 
We also get to see him in action in the fight against Ammit’s Jackal, and there are plenty of interactions between Marc and Steven that prove just how different they are. The Marvel show has yet to provide any answers about why they are stuck together, but one fan theory suggests there may be a bigger reason behind their polar personalities.
Moon Knight theory: Steven Grant is a manifestation of Marc Spector’s guilt

(Image credit: Marvel)
Posting on Reddit, one fan suggested Steven may be a manifestation of everything Marc wishes he could have been. Writing after the episode aired, they penned: “So it would seem Steven is the manifestation of all Marc’s guilt. Not just when it comes to Layla or his past, even down to the small things like being a vegan or having a relationship with his mother.”
The post continued: “All things Marc wishes he had done better are represented by Steven.” This comes through in particular moments where Marc and Steven make opposite choices at every turn.
For instance, when Steven learns Layla and Marc are planning to get divorced, he responds: “I’d never divorce you.” He then also attempts to backtrack on Marc’s efforts to distance himself from her by appealing for her help over the mystery with the scarab.
Another telling moment comes when Layla questions whether Steven had managed to reconcile with his mother after he mentioned he was staying in her flat. Layla asks: “So you guys are talking again?” Steven is taken aback, having been unaware they had ever fallen out. This comes after we’ve seen an attentive Steven leaving endless voicemails on his mom’s answering machine.
With these family problems plaguing him, it does seem interesting that Marc has a separate version of himself free of these issues. Could he have manifested a part of himself distanced from his anxieties? 

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Other fans agreed this theory had some weight to it, as they shared their insights about what was happening. Replying, one wrote: “Marc is clearly burdened by the things he’s done and it seems like he’s being coerced into a lot of shit with the threat of his wife taking up the mantle of the avatar if he refuses.”
Another suggested that Steven loving Layla’s favorite poet Marceline Desbordes-Valmore could also be a manifestation of this. They speculated: “Liking his wife’s favorite poet was another example I noticed. I bet she asked Marc to read that like 100 times.” A third user also wondered if Steven could be a manifestation of Marc’s “gentle side”.
Isaac has suggested one of his big hopes with the series is to portray Dissociative Identity Disorder “honestly”. He told Vanity Fair: “I’m really proud that our show gives this real, honest look at what it’s like to deal with mental health illness in an empathetic way.”
We could see some more dissection of this going forward, as well as what it means for Marc and Steven to know about the different versions of themselves. 
While we wait for some more answers, why not check out our Moon Knight release schedule to make sure you keep track of when new episodes are released wherever you are. You can also check out our guide to Marvel Phase 4 releases. If you haven’t already, then subscribe to Disney Plus here.

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