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Moon Knight's Arthur Harrow Thinks Thanos Had Some Pretty Good Ideas

Warning: this article contains spoilers for "Moon Knight" Episode 2.

A common rule of thumb for a number of the bad guys that appear to cause trouble for some of Marvel's finest is simple: create organized chaos. From freedom fighters in "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" to forgotten Wakandan princes in "Black Panther," sending groups into disarray before bringing order to what's left is the go-to route for just about any tyrannical antagonist that needs to be taken down a peg or two. The most dedicated and (let's face it) accomplished antagonist of them all is that pumpkin-chinned, infinity stone-obsessed Thanos.

The enforcer of the even split that casts a long shadow over the MCU ever since "Avengers" finally succeeds in his plan (kind of) in "Avengers: Infinity War." Bringing perfect balance and eradicating 50% of life in the universe is certifiably bonkers and a tactic you wouldn't think would be reapplied so soon, particularly after our heroes rectify the situation. But as it turns out, the arrival of Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) in the all-new series "Moon Knight" has a plan that seems vaguely similar, albeit (pardon the pun) scaled down.

Harrow and Thanos are all about balance

During Steven's flashback trip to the Alps, we have our first encounter with Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke), Moon Knight's antagonist, who has links to another Egyptian god, Ammit. Acting as a herald for this forgotten deity the same way Steven/Marc are to Khonshu, Harrow uses a staff that contains a fragment of Ammit's power and a living tattoo of weighing scales to pass judgment. Should the scales tip in the person's favor, they'll live to see Harrow's plans unfold in accordance with Ammit. Lean the other way, though, and the brave lamb to the slaughter will decay right there on the spot. Yikes.

While it may appear to be a new way for a madman to enforce his evil plans, the concept of someone's fate going one way or another under Harrow and Ammit's rule isn't dissimilar to what Thanos has in mind during "Avengers: Infinity War." The scales being used by both the god and its servant imply a balance ("as all things should be"), with only Steven being an exception to the rule. Why this is the case may well be explored in the future when "Moon Knight" returns next week on Disney+.