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Layla's New Powers In Moon Knight Episode 6 Explained

Contains spoilers for "Moon Knight" Episode 6

Ever since archaeologist Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy) appeared in Episode 2 of "Moon Knight" to help Marc Spector and his alter Steven Grant (both played by Oscar Isaac), we've known that she's not a woman to be messed with. Stealthy, an expert markswoman, and skilled in combat, Layla is a force to be reckoned with. Given what a fearless badass she is without enhanced abilities, it makes perfect sense that Khonshu (F. Murray Abraham) would want her for his avatar after Marc is done.

While Marc was busy trying to keep his distance from Layla to protect her from Khonshu and his plans for her, he missed the fact that — after seeing the way Khonshu had turned his life upside down — she had no intention of suffering the same fate. Even when the hippo goddess Taweret (Antonia Salib) first tells her to break Khonshu's ushabti in the Chamber of Gods, and suggests Layla be her avatar to fight Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke), Layla immediately turns her down and says she'll fight him on her own. The only thing that makes her change her mind is when the dying avatar of Osiris (Khalid Abdalla) tells her that, to stop Harrow and Ammit (Saba Mubarak), they need more avatars. Layla makes it clear that she will only be Taweret's temporary avatar — but with all of her extraordinary powers.

Taweret gives Layla many new powers

As Taweret's avatar, Layla has golden wings that give her the ability to fly, as well as act as an offensive and defensive weapon. At one point, she stops Harrow from hitting her with the Staff of Ammit and reverses the beam back at him, knocking him off his feet and throwing him through the air. She also has golden swords that she's very skilled at using for fighting.

Layla now has superhuman speed as well, as shown when a van rolls over and is about to crush a young woman, and Layla flies over and rescues her out of the way within seconds. The next moment, she uses her superhuman strength to stop the van from sliding any further. The young woman asks her if she's an Egyptian superhero, to which Layla responds that she is, before quickly moving back to the van, ripping the door off with little effort so the women inside can get to safety.

In the Marvel comics, Taweret's avatar is called the Scarlet Scarab (via Fandom). Layla may have insisted she's only Taweret's "temporary" avatar, but given that her experience with the Egyptian goddess seems much more positive than Marc's experience with Khonshu, it's very possible that this is a character we will see much more of — in the event "Moon Knight" returns — and perhaps we'll find out the Scarlet Scarab has even more impressive powers that haven't been revealed yet.