Kevin Feige, CEO of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has made it clear he’s aware that MCU has a diversity problem. The series of big-screen films started out playing it safe, with white, straight, male superheroes starring for 15 of its first 17 films. (The other two, both The Guardians of the Galaxy films, were ensembles headed up by, you guessed it, a white straight man.) Phase 4 is working to correct this both on the big and small screen, such as with Moon Knight, a Middle East-set story starring Oscar Isaac, who is of Latin American descent. Even the songs on Moon Knight’s Season 1 soundtrack help blend American and Middle Eastern cultures with bangers from both.
Warning: Minor spoilers for Moon Knight follow. Moon Knight’s first episode starts with a cold open set to a lesser-known classic rock track from the early 1980s and follows it up with a pop ballad clearly from the pre-Beatles era of rock and roll. It’s not the first time Marvel has leaned into classic rock in the past year. Black Widow opened with a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” replacing the usual Marvel fanfare; Eternals played Pink Floyd’s “Time” from the Dark Side of the Moon album over the opening credits. Moon Knight, too, replaced the expected Marvel opener track in the premiere with “A Man Without Love” by Engelbert Humperdinck, marking one of the few times a Disney+ series has strayed from the typical Marvel theme song.
In Episode 3, the show replaced the opening track a second time, marking the first time a series has done this twice. The track played over the opening titles is “Enta” by DJ Kaboo, known as “The Arab Trap King.” The pioneering Middle Eastern DJ’s tracks are also featured in multiple episodes.
Moon Knight is helmed by Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, who told The Hollywood Reporter he wants the series to show a side of his country rarely seen in Western media. Although the soundtrack still includes some mainstream songs from the States, it certainly goes heavy at times with tunes that will have you adding new-to-you artists to your Spotify playlist.
Here’s a running list of the songs in each episode, to be updated weekly:
Moon Knight Episode 1
- “Every Grain of Sand” by Bob Dylan
- “A Man Without Love” by Engelbert Humperdinck
- “Arab Trap Made In Egypt” by DJ Kaboo
- “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by George Michael
- “Bahlam Maak” by Nagat
Moon Knight Episode 2
- “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus
- “Fairlight” by Mark Jonathan Garfield
- “I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher
- “الملوك (El Melouk)” by احمد سعد وعنبة و دبل زوكش (Ahmed Saad feat. 3enba & Double Zuksh)
Moon Knight Episode 3
- “Enta” by DJ Kaboo
- “شغلونى - عبد الحليم حافظ (Shaghalouny)” by Abd al-Ḥalīm Ḥāfiẓ
- “Salka” by Hassan Shakosh Feat. Wegz
- “بتونس بيك - ورده (Batwanes Beek)” by Warda
- “Walima” by Tito Rinesi
Moon Knight Episode 4
- “Saat Saat” by Sabah
- “Dorak Gai” (دورك جاي) - Wegz x Molotof
Moon Knight Episode 5
- “Mas Alla del Sol” by Manuel Bonilla
- “Love & Revenge/Saat Saat” by Rayess Bek
Moon Knight Episode 6
- “The End” by Earl Grant
- “My Way of Life” by Frank Sinatra
All episodes of Moon Knight are streaming on Disney+.
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