Major spoilers follow for Episode 6 of Moon Knight.
Moon Knight Episode 6 ended the caped vigilante’s journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – or did it? The Disney Plus show’s latest entry completed the story it set out to tell. But, based on the season finale of the Marvel Project Phase 4, there could be more to come from Marc Spector/Steven Grant’s MCU arc.
If you were left confused by what just happened in the show’s last entry, we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ll break down the biggest surprises from the Disney Plus series finale, including how Layla got her powers, what the show’s post-credits scene means, and whether a second season is on the way. There’s plenty to do, so put on your Moon Knight / Mr. Knight Costume and get ready to dive in.
It goes without saying, but we dive into Huge Spoiler Territory For Moon Knight Episode 6 From Now On. Come back now if you haven’t seen the sixth episode, but be sure to bookmark this page and come back once you have.
Moon Knight episode 6: Layla’s Scarlet Scarab explained
Shortly after episode 6 of Moon Knight, we follow Layla El-Faouly as she seeks revenge on Arthur Harrow for killing Marc/Steven. Hiding her identity and brandishing a knife, she attempts to sneak up on him and kill Harrow before he can release Ammit onto the world.
Layla, however, is stopped by Taweret – the hippo goddess we saw in episodes 4 and 5 – when the latter possesses one of Harrow’s deceased victims. Taweret tries to convince Layla to become his avatar so she can bestow superpowers on Layla to help her fight Harrow.
Layla refuses – well, at first anyway. Later in the Great Pyramid of Giza, Layla agrees to let Taweret possess her (and become Taweret’s avatar in the process) to help Khonshu and Marc/Steven stop Harrow. Harrow tries to bury Layla under a large pile of rubble but, imbued with Taweret’s powers, she frees herself from her grave – and emerges with stellar abilities and costume: Layla has become the Scarlet Beetle. And we know it’s his superhero alias, with an article on Marvel.com confirming it.
“Wait, who is the Scarlet Scarab?” we hear you say. In the comics, the Scarlet Scarab is the protector of Egypt and someone whose powers manifest from the Ruby Scarab, an ancient artifact that grants its wielder divine powers. The Scarlet Scarab’s abilities include superhuman strength, the ability to fly at approximately 400 miles per hour (mph), and fire blasts of mystical energy.
The MCU version of the Scarlet Scarab differs slightly from its comic book counterpart. In Moon Knight, Layla possesses superhuman strength and durability, but she also wields twin swords and can use her costume’s built-in metal wings to attack enemies and deflect enemy fire. She also doesn’t need the Ruby Scarab to get these powers, as Taweret gives them to Layla on the show. Taweret doesn’t have a major role to play in the comics, so Marvel Studios clearly repurposed the Ruby Scarab and Taweret to give the duo bigger arcs in the live-action series.
Interestingly, the comic book version of Layla’s father – who goes by the name Abdul Faoul – is the original Scarlet Scarab. So the signs that Layla would eventually gain her own superpowers were there from the start. And, given that a girl (whom Layla saves in Episode 6) asks Layla if she’s an Egyptian superhero, it seems like the Protector of Egypt alias is alive and well in the MCU as well. Here’s hoping we see her in action again as Scarlet Scarab.
Moon Knight Episode 6 Post-Credits Scene Explained: Jake Lockley Finally Revealed
Layla’s Scarlet Scarab isn’t the only new character (or should that be an alter-ego?) to emerge in Episode 6 of Moon Knight. After teasing his arrival for much of the series, Marvel has finally unveiled his live-action portrayal of Jake Lockley, Marc and Steven’s other character.
The sixth episode’s post-credits scene shows Arthur Harrow in a mental hospital similar to the one Marc/Steven were trapped in. This asylum, however, is actually real. We know this because we see a mysterious figure show up and get Harrow (in his wheelchair) out of the hospital and into a limo in the real world.
Here, Harrow meets a rather dapper Khonshu. Harrow mocks Khonshu for not killing him sooner, but Khonshu has the final say. “Marc Spector truly believed that after he and I split up, I wanted his wife to be my avatar,” Khonshu said. “Why would I ever need anyone else, when he has no idea how troubled he really is?”
The limo’s blackened divider lowers as Khonshu finishes speaking, and who do we see? Jake Lockley, Marc and Steven’s third (and more brutal) Quirk. Jake, who is Hispanic (rather than a New Yorker like he is in the comics) on the show, tells Harrow, “Today is your turn to lose” and shoots him four times. with a silenced pistol. Jake starts the limo and drives off with Khonshu (and Harrow’s corpse) inside.
Interestingly, the limo’s license plate reads “SKPTR” – that is, a clear reminder of Marc’s last name. Meanwhile, the limo is a nod to the comic book version of Steven. In the Marvel source material, Steven is a millionaire posing as Mr. Knight, with this super-powered alter-ego using a modified limo to get around.
Like the changes made to Layla/Scarlet Scarab, it looks like Marvel Studios has revamped Jake’s backstory, personality, and means of transportation for the MCU. Whether Jake will get a costume remains to be seen, i.e. whether Moon Knight returns for a second season on Disney Plus or in a Marvel movie.
There are a number of Moon Knight costumes in the comics, such as his West Coast Avengers or his all-black Ultimate outfit, which could be used to separate Jake from Moon Knight/Mr Knight. We’ll have to wait and see on that front. And speaking of Moon Knight’s future…
The end of episode 6 of Moon Knight explained: will there be a second season?
It’s not clear at the moment. Unlike the Season 1 finale of Loki, which confirmed the trickster god was getting a second season of his Disney Plus series in a post-credits stinger, Moon Knight doesn’t. Obviously, Marvel is keeping its options open on this front.
Moon Knight simultaneously tells a self-contained story and leaves enough room for Oscar Isaac to return to the MCU if he (and the show’s creative team) feels there’s a rewarding new story to tell. While some of his fellow MCU actors are tied to multiple Marvel projects, Isaac isn’t — he only signed a one-season deal (per Variety) before starring in the MCU TV series. So there’s no guarantee that Isaac will reprise his role (or should it be roles?) down the line.
Marvel has seemingly hinted that Moon Knight will return but, with Episode 6 ending without a “Moon Knight will return” tagline, the character’s fate in the MCU is up in the air at this time.
We would definitely love to see Moon Knight Season 2. We really want to see how Marc, Steven and Jake would cooperate/fight if they crossed paths and, as the Moon Knight TV show showed, Marvel can tell standalone stories (with little to no interconnectivity) in the MCU. So Marvel wouldn’t need to tie Moon Knight to any of its other projects if the studio wanted to bring Isaac and company back for another outing, which is something we’d like to see in future MCU projects. Fingers crossed, then, that we find out very soon.