Because he had the power of Khonshu on his side, Marc Spector was able to triumph over every obstacle he faced, including death. Marc Spector’s life has been marked by a number of genuinely monumental difficulties and failures over the course of his career. Because of this, the most recent Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe has taken a special interest in the frequently unhinged Fist of Khonshu. Clea has decided to work together with Moon Knight for a short period of time in order to hear what he has to say about what the gods have to offer, despite the fact that what he has to say is not even close to what she had hoped to hear as a result of her own personal interests in bringing the dead back to life.
Clea, who passed away before her husband Doctor Strange, has now succeeded him as the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. Doctor Strange’s tragic death has left the world without a Sorcerer Supreme. She did not spare any time in her efforts to free herself from the predicament by making a comeback attempt with Stephen. As can be seen in the pages of Strange #5 (written by Jed MacKay, Marcelo Ferreira, Roberto Poggi, Jana Tartaglia, and VC’s Cory Petit), Clea has made the decision to seek out any and all possible ways of resurrection, including ones that she does not have a good handle on herself. Moon Knight is more than ready to explain to her how he was brought back to life by his patron god Khonshu, as well as how his God of Vengeance has lorded that over his head on multiple occasions. Thankfully for her, Moon Knight is more than happy to do so.
Clea is just as fascinated by Marc’s relationship with death and the remarkable ways in which Khonshu has changed it as Marc is by the fact that Clea is unable to use magic to bring Stephen back to life. While this fact fascinates Marc, Clea finds it just as fascinating. She finds it difficult to wrap her head around the concept that any god could exercise such straightforward control over the lives and deaths of ordinary people. This is especially true in light of the fact that she and other Masters of the Mystic Arts who are of comparable strength are not granted the same rights, regardless of how powerful they may be. On the other hand, it is not about power at all; rather, it is about position and the unimaginable reach that the gods have because of theirs.
Marc explains to her that the gods do not care about issues of mortality in the same way that people whose lives are eventually affected by these issues do. Instead, death functions as a form of money for their type, and they keep their doors open at all times for business. The only thing that matters to the gods is what kind of service those they give new life to can provide for them. In the case of Marc, Khonshu bestowed upon him the ability to rise from the dead because she desired a Moon Knight. If Marc had declined Khonshu’s offer, he would have also declined another opportunity at life, and the God of Vengeance would have found someone else without giving it a second thought to take his position as the Fist of Khonshu.
All of this points to the gods of Marvel behaving less in “mysterious ways” and more out of pure greed, spite, or whatever other petty emotion fuels their desire to have mortal instruments of their own to command on Earth. This is indicative of the fact that the gods of Marvel have a desire to have mortal instruments of their own to command. That, for Khonshu, means having them revere and proclaim his name via acts of murder, fear, and bloodshed, much as Marc had spent a significant amount of time doing over his most cruel years as Moon Knight. When it comes to other gods, the particulars may be less terrible, but the overall result will consistently remain the same.
In the end, it doesn’t matter how kind or compassionate any god in the Marvel Universe is, at least not when it comes to taking mortals under their wing. This is because taking mortals under their wing is impossible. In any situation, a god who extends their hand to a human being is looking for something, and it is extremely unlikely, if not impossible, that they have the welfare of anybody else’s best interests in mind. The gods may be all-powerful, and they may have a lot to contribute to humanity, but nothing they provide us is free of charge. Everything the gods give us has a cost associated with it. Even though it hurts, Moon Knight has made it abundantly plain why none of them can ever really be trusted, not even by the Sorcerer Supreme. [C]onsider how much anguish this causes.