Moon Knight's Episode 6, Gods and Monsters, ended with a somewhat cryptic post-credit scene that opens the doors to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for Marc Spector and Steven Grant. While the pair were last seen debating over the "fricken mess" of an apartment, another character enters to fray, bound to turn their lives upside down.
Jake Lockley has been long rumoured to be making an appearance, and following much teasing; he has arrived; however, he had been around since the beginning. We explain what the post-credits could potentially spell for Marc and Steven (and the MCU) and who exactly is Jake Lockley?
Moon Knight Episode 6 – Post-credit scene explained
Moon Knight's sixth and final episode was certainly a social event experience as Marvel Studios went traditionalist by adding a post-credit scene. Not only did this scene somewhat open the proverbial door to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for Marc Spector and Steven Grant, but another of Marc's personalities: Jake Lockley.
After weeks of teases and misguided throws, they finally pulled the trigger, well in the hands of Lockley, and for Marc and Steven, it spells trouble ahead. While the ending is quite ambiguous, with no title card of when we can expect the collective's next adventures, it's apparent that Khonshu was never bothered about losing Marc or Steven when he has Jake the entire time.
Harrow is admitted to a psychiatric facility and knocks over a cup, thought to be believed to be sand, but was coffee. A nurse on duty tends to Harrow before a mysterious figure appears and passes over the nurse as they cart Harrow out of the facility.
As Harrow, unbeknownst to him, sees bodies lying across the hospital starting from its entrance, suggesting that whoever wanted him went through the trouble of eliminating any threats. Placed inside a limousine, as the figure hilariously kicks away the wheelchair, Harrow is greeted by a familiar face: Khonshu.
While Harrow gloats that Khonshu can't bring any harm to him, the Egyptian deity explains that Marc was under the assumption that Layla was intended to be his next Avatar, which was false. He alluded that Marc and Steven have no idea how "broken" they are.
The Egyptian deity introduces Harrow to his new friend, who happens to be Jake Lockley, the person who wheeled him out of the hospital. Frightened at who he's seeing, Lockley proceeds to shoot Harrow, although we're unsure if he'd survived it before the vehicle pulls away from the hospital.
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Call it as you see it, Marc and Steven have trouble on their hands now that Jake has arrived, which could be detrimental to their blossoming relationship. Just as they thought they had freed themselves from Khonshu's crusade, the episode's post-credit scene confirms this isn't the case.
In an interview with Marvel.com, head writer Jeremy Slater explained that Marc and Steven's journey was never meant to have a happy ending. "The idea for us was always that any future between these two would have to be a shared existence. A version where Steven just gets to live his life, and Marc is stuck in this box and doesn't get to interact with anyone or anything, would be really unsatisfying."
Based on the episode's endings, Marc and Steven woke up in London, and Lockley is in the service of Khonshu. Yet, with new questions arising now that the show has concluded, the end is never really the end, merely just the beginning.
Moon Knight Episode 6 – Who is Jake Lockley?
The million-dollar question casual MCU fans are asking themselves following the series finale is who exactly is Jake Lockley? And why does his presence spell massive conflict ahead for the tandem duo of Marc Spector and Steven Grant?
According to Marvel Comics, these multiple personalities, including Lockley, weren't portrayed to highlight Marc's struggles with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) but rather as a mechanism that allows Marc to engage in high-risk missions while keeping his personal life separate. Lockley operates on the lowest level as a cab driver, which is the version we got in the final episode.
Eventually, these multiple personalities became canon in the 2000s, less of them being personas or egos as they were a case of DID instead, which attracted mainstream audiences. A character suffering from internal battles with himself and constantly undermining his identity is what made Moon Knight synonymous with mental health in comic books.
Marvel Studios had been teasing the third personality since the first episode; even the credit scene shows that there's another character waiting in the wings to fill whatever void is left behind. In Episode 3, Marc and Steven had to confront each other following a blackout which saw some of Harrow's followers succumb to the brutality they unleashed.
The biggest tease came in Episode 4 when Marc and Steven find yet another sarcophagus at the psychiatric hospital, but they completely ignored it and moved on. We know now who was inside that sarcophagus, and it seems like he's willing to be doing Khonshu's dirty work while in his service.
Lockley's inclusion didn't need further clues as it was evident that he was bound to appear at some point in time. Additionally, he didn't need to say much nor do much to insert his influence in the Moon Knight narrative; however, according to lead actor Oscar Isaac, there's something even sinister happening with Lockley.
"I saw an opportunity to bring something of myself to it that's not just trying to pay service to some idea that was in the comics. The thought of, 'He's just going to have the one line that he speaks, it should be in Spanish,'" he explained in another interview with Marvel.com.
"There's something that's ominous about him, the kind of control that he has versus, you know, both Marc and Steven that have been so off foot. It just feels like it was just a really fun chance to let the instinct of, after having played these two guys, imagining what else could be in there and the excitement of shooting that scene."
While we know that Lockley exhibits more violent tendencies compared to Marc or Steven, exactly what type of person he'll be portrayed as in the MCU is a secret, at least for now. With Lockley and Khonshu running wild in the world, we have to reacquaint ourselves with the series's events to better understand what's to come when these characters reappear.
Relive all the action as all episodes of Moon Knight are available to stream on Disney+. The Marvel Studios: Assembled – The Making of Moon Knight will premiere on 11th May 2022 at 12 am PT / 3 am ET.
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