‘Moon Knight’ Designer on Balancing Fantasy and Historical Accuracy
In an interview with Murphy’s Multiverse, moon knight Production designer Stefania Cella delved into the process of bringing the series’ fantasy aesthetic to life while honoring the historical roots on which it is based.
First, the designer talked about the larger research process and the effort to get it right.
I went to Egypt to learn about Egyptian culture. We had an Egyptologist with us to help us translate the hieroglyphics. It is a long research process. All references to Egyptian worship literature was through proper research. We are very historically correct in our approach to hieroglyphics and we try to be respectful because it was a religion.
Next, Celia got more specific, discussing a particular big moment from the show.
We married both fantasy and history by being very appropriate about research but also taking creative liberties in imagining a fantasy bedroom inside the Pyramid.
The chamber Cella refers to is the meeting place of the Ennead; a group of nine Egyptian deities who stand above the rest of the pantheon. In the third episode of the Disney Plus series, Marc, Steven, and Khonshu are reluctantly given an audience with the Ennead, hoping to get judgment on antagonist Arthur Harrow for trying to resurrect Ammit. However, Harrow manages to sidestep the accusation, and the gods later punish Khonshu from the confines of their chamber when he helps Marc, Steven, and Layla find Ammit’s grave.
moon knight is currently streaming on Disney Plus.