Mae Kalamavi officially embodies a new powerful figure in the Marvel Universe. But who is she really?
The Marvel universe received not one but two more heroes, p Moon Knight. Because he fought alongside the Knight of the Moon, played by Oscar Isaac, in the final, Red scarab !! WHO? Spoiler warning!
In fact, it is Leila El-Fowley, the wife of Mark Spector, who received superpowers from the Tower when she agreed to become an avatar of the hippopotamus goddess. We never hear her official name in the series, but Marvel later confirmed that El Fauli officially became Scarlett Scarab, the first Egyptian MCU superheroine. His strength? Almost the ones from Focon! It can fly, defend itself with its wings, but it also has superhuman strength and speed.
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“First of all, I want to thank the authors who came up with the idea that Leila is Egyptian.“, – commented in Variety director Mohamed Diab, also an Egyptian.”When I came to the show with my wife, we helped develop the character of the Egyptians. When actress Mae Kalamavi arrived, she became Leila’s biggest ally. The most important thing for us was not just the idea of a superheroine, but the idea of making her the complete opposite of all the clichés of an Arab woman, submissive or weak. I made three films: the women in my films are absolutely angry and strong – like my mother, my sister, my wife and my daughter! ”
Thus, Scarlett Scarab is a “Historical superheroine! We knew it was going to be historic. My five-year-old daughter really wanted to straighten her hair. I had to take her to Disneyland and ask Princess Elsa and Anna to reassure her that her hair was so beautiful. The thing is, she’s never seen anything like her on TV, so today Leila and I are showing people who look like us, and you don’t know that’s very important to us. Moon Knight becomes the national pride of Egypt. People treat it like the Egyptian “black panther”. They like the Egyptians behind the camera; there are Egyptians in front of the camera. There is Egyptian music that the whole world likes. They believe in themselves. They believe they can do anything now. I’m very proud of that. “
I must say that in comics Leila does not really exist. He is a variant of his father Abdul Faul (Abdullah al-Fawli in the series), who was a masked man. He played a completely different Scarlet Scarab, dressed in a red scarf and depicting an Egyptian Captain America during World War II. He gained superhuman strength thanks to the Ruby Scarab, an ancient artifact that made him the first defender of Egypt.
“Honestly, I didn’t make the connection between Leila and Scarlett Scarab. Sometimes Marvel chooses a name and then gives it to a character who is evolving [pour la série]. We created Leila without thinking about it all … The name doesn’t matter to me. What it represents is paramount. I can’t wait to find out if she will still be a temporary Avatar in the MCU sequel? Will she accept it? What will happen to her?“
Now that it is officially presented, we imagine it Red scarab will once again direct the tips of its wings in the Marvel Universe.