One viewer said they were ‘devastated’ by the change (Picture: Moon Knight/Disney Plus)
Warning: spoilers ahead for Moon Knight.
However, there has been a divided reaction among fans concerning the depiction of how the young Marc developed dissociative identity disorder (DID), when he formed the persona of Steven Grant to cope with his trauma.
In the original source material, Marc is the son of Elias Spector, a rabbi who survived Nazi persecution.
He discovers that Yitz Perlman, a close family friend, is a Nazi called Ernst who has been pretending to be a rabbi and is actually a serial killer who hunts down Jews.
Shortly after this discovery, Marc begins to exhibit signs of having DID, when the persona of Steven is created.
In the comics, Marc’s DID is developed after he discovers Perlman, real name Ernst, is a Nazi (Picture: Courtesy of Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)
However, this storyline is altered for the TV series, as Marc is shown transforming into his alter Steven for the first time as a young boy before suffering physical abuse at the hands of his mother, Wendy Spector (Fernanda Andrade).
As a child, Marc and his younger brother Randall went off on their own for an adventure in a cave, but became trapped when it flooded with water.
While Marc escaped, Randall drowned, resulting in Wendy blaming Marc for his younger brother’s death.
There was a mixed reaction among viewers regarding the alteration to Marc’s backstory and the way in which the abuse he suffered from his mother played a role in his mental health condition, rather than the discovery of a family friend being a Nazi.
While some were disappointed with the change of direction, others were glad by the details that were omitted.
Steven finally learns about Marc’s past in the new episode (Picture: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)
‘I’m Jewish. Changing Marc’s abuser by essentially paralleling his Jewish mother to the Nazi serial killer in the comics does not sit right with me,’ one person tweeted.
‘I don’t like how Marvel reworked how Marc’s DID develops, erasing the antisemitism that Jewish people face is really weird especially with how many other times the MCU has erased the Jewish parts of its characters in the past,’ another remarked.
Someone else wrote: ‘Even if we’re going to take Nazis off the table completely, to then make his mom the abusive one just DOES NOT sit right with me. If you want to change his DID origins fine, but this feels like a cheap way to do it,’ while another said they were ‘devastated’.
One viewer said they wanted the show to ‘delve deeper’ into Marc’s Jewish identity (Picture: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)
However, one viewer who felt more positively about the change wrote: ‘Honestly as a Jewish person I’m actually happy they didn’t do the Bemis origin,’ referring to comic book writer Max Bemis, before adding: ‘I don’t trust non-Jewish people adapting that storyline.’
There was praise among the show’s audience for the Jewish representation in the episode, as Marc is shown attending the shiva for his brother, an event held in the Jewish religion to mourn someone who has died, before being depicted as an adult wearing a kippah while standing outside the shiva for his late mother.
However, some felt that Marc’s Judaism could have been explored further, expressing their hope that it will be to a greater degree in next week’s finale.
‘The references to his Jewish identity were good but I’d have preferred if they delved into it deeper,’ one person tweeted.
‘Absolutely by far the best episode yet. So happy to see some of Marc’s Jewish roots. Oscar Isaac is doing phenomenal,’ one person wrote, while another said: ‘I’m so glad they aren’t shying away from Marc being Jewish at all and they’re showing that aspect of his life, I hope that they talk more about it in the future too.’
Moon Knight is available to watch on Disney Plus with new episodes released on Wednesdays.
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