Who Is Layla El-Faouly’s MOON KNIGHT Character, the Scarlet Scarab? - Nerdist

Who Is Layla El-Faouly’s MOON KNIGHT Character, the Scarlet Scarab?

Moon Knight’s final episode had no choice but to pack in a ton of action. In the end, Marc Spector/Steven Grant spare Arthur Harrow and decide to return to a chill (maybe?) life under the London sky. But the character who really delivers something exciting is Layla. In the final Moon Knight episode, Layla El-Faouly becomes what can only be the hero known as the Scarlet Scarab thanks to our favorite hippo goddess Taweret. (We saw this coming, by the way.) But, who is the Scarlet Scarab? And what could this mean for Layla’s future? Let’s dig into it a bit more. 

As we see throughout the series, Layla El-Faouly doesn’t care about having superpowers. In fact, she’s pretty damn good at using her combat skills and wit to get out of sticky situations. But, Layla and Tarawet have to join forces to create another avatar of an Egyptian god in order to bind Ammit. And, like a phoenix rising from the rubble, Layla emerges as the Scarlet Scarab. Well, the show doesn’t spell this out. But Layla’s costume tells us everything we need to know about her heroic transformation.

photo of May Calamawy and Oscar Issac as Layla and Marc Spector in Moon Knight Scarlet Scarab
Gabor Kotschy/Marvel Studios

Moon Knight switches up the character of the Scarlet Scarab from the comics, obviously. The Scarlet Scarab is the alter ego of Abdul Faoul (a.k.a the deceased father of Layla in the TV series). In the comics, Abdul Faoul is an Egyptian superhero who fights with the Invaders against Nazis during WWII. It’s not clear how this Scarlet Scarab journey will continue for Layla in the MCU. But for now, we’re excited to see the Ruby Scarab symbol and the wing-like features of the costume make an appearance in the Marvel series. And we especially love seeing Layla don them as she appears to absolutely rescue Marc and Steven and lead the charge in binding Ammit.

Layla El-Faouly as the Scarlet Scarab in Moon Knight's final episode
Marvel Studios

Honestly, for someone who didn’t want this to happen, Layla seems like she will keep her hero powers and continue being the Scarlet Scarab past the events of Moon Knight. Will we see the Scarlet Scarab again in the MCU? Now that’s a question that needs an answer…one that we probably won’t get any time soon. Maybe she will show up for a crossover in the future. 

People may have mixed feelings about what’s happening in Phase Four overall, including Moon Knight’s run. However, no one can deny that Marvel is doing a great job bringing a variety of heroes to life. It’s an honor with a dash of daunting excitement…at least, that’s how May Calamawy describes it in a recent Marvel interview

I had to really sit with it and be like, I cannot represent every Arab woman or every Egyptian woman…I just hope that all Arab women can watch that and feel like a Super Hero, and that they have that space on that big scale. I hope that the people who can relate to Layla feel seen and excited, and people who don’t, that’s OK. There’s space for everyone. I’m just the first. There’s many more that can come. It’s an honor. It’s an honor just to be able to represent or to be Middle Eastern, and shine a light on that region.
Layla shines a light in Moon Knight episode
Gabor Kotschy/Marvel Studios

Let’s hope this revelation of the Scarlet Scarab won’t be the last time we see Layla El-Faouly as a hero.

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