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The Truth About Moon Knight's Brother Randall Spector

Contains spoilers for "Moon Knight" Episode 5

The penultimate episode of Marvel's "Moon Knight" has left us with some shocking revelations regarding Marc Spector and Steven Grant (both played by Oscar Isaac), and the harsh reality of the truth behind the pair of them. Episode 5, titled "Asylum," finally trapped the timid Londoner and the hired gun with their thoughts, forcing them to accept memories from the past that one was determined to forget, and the other didn't recall, having not existed at that time.

As heartbreaking as it was to learn, Steven discovered that he is, in fact, a figment of Marc's imagination and a coping mechanism manifested by Marc during childhood. Brought into the world as a byproduct of heartbreak and trauma from a broken family, Marc's mental fracture into the bumbling British alter-ego followed the death of his younger brother, Randall, and what Marc's mother blamed him for. While very little time is spent showing the relationship between the Spector brothers, their comic book counterparts have a far more tumultuous connection, and that controlling Egyptian god, Khonshu, is at the center of it.

Randall Spector is Shadowknight in Marvel Comics

Living much longer than the live-action version of Randall in the "Moon Knight" series, in the comics, the second Spector son had a testing relationship with Marc that continued into adulthood.

Jealous of Marc's capability in just about every facet, Randall Spector followed in his brother's footsteps by joining the military, and the two went on a number of CIA missions together. Family ties were brutally severed after Marc discovered Randall was working with the enemy in secret, forcing the two to come to blows and Marc leaving Randall for dead. Years later, Randall tracked Marc down, reaching him just at the point of Khonshu enlisting him to become Moon Knight. It was there that Randall discovered ancient artifacts detailing that there were two Khonshus and that one eventually killed the other. Taking this as a sign to ensure only one Spector son could live, he set out after Marc.

Naturally, as most bad guys do, Randall failed, only to return to cause trouble for his brother once again — this time as a twisted servant of Khonshu, Shadowknight. It was during the Shadowland story arc that Marc finally killed his brother, and he hasn't been seen since. Although, given the Spector trait to take a licking and keep on ticking, there's every chance Randall could return if "Moon Knight" comes back for a second season. We can only wait to see the likelihood of that happening when the final episode of "Moon Knight" arrives on Disney+.