Moon Knight: The 'hippo goddess' from episode 4, explained

Moon Knight: The 'hippo goddess' from episode 4, explained

Before we even begin we just want to throw this SPOILER ALERT in case you haven’t seen Moon Knight – S1E4 “The Tomb”. We are going to discuss the finale of the episode so again, please do not keep reading if you still haven’t seen the episode. Very well then, let’s do this!

In Moon Knight episode 4, a strange new character with hippo-like features was introduced. Taweret, an Egyptian god, is the character you’re looking for if you’re scratching your head and wondering what’s going on.

Oscar Isaac’sMarc Spector/Steven Grant was shot and woke up in a psychiatric hospital near the end of the episode by Ethan Hawke’s villainous Arthur Harrow. Everything that happened in the Disney+ series appeared to be a figment of Spector’s imagination for a while. That is until he discovered Steven trapped in a tomb, and the two of them met the mysterious hippo-shaped god.

But who is Taweret, and what does her presence in the MCU and in Moon Knight mean?

Who is Taweret?

Taweret is the Egyptian goddess of fertility and childbirth. She has the appearance of a hippo, but with the arms of a lion and the tail and legs of a crocodile, as in Moon Knight. “Lady of Heaven,” “Mistress of Pure Water,” “She Who Removes Water,” and “Mistress of the Horizon” are some of her epithets, and her name Taweret means “The Great One.”

The god was thought to be fierce, in keeping with her frightening appearance, but she was also a protector of women and children, especially expectant mothers, who wore her amulets to protect themselves and their children from evil. Taweret was thought to aid in childbirth, and the Nile’s annual flooding was also attributed to her. She used her abilities to assist the dead in making their way to the afterlife safely through the dangerous mountains of the west.

What does Taweret mean for the MCU?

Taweret, unlike Khonshu and Ammit, has never appeared in a Marvel comic book. This pretty much leaves her character as a clean slate for the MCU to play with.

Given her connection to the afterlife Taweret appears to be assisting Marc/Steven in the afterlife, which is presumably the psychiatric hospital where they’ve ended up.

It remains to be seen whether she will assist them in escaping and stopping Harrow’s evil plans. The god is also a member of the Ennead; we saw some of these deities gather via their avatars in Moon Knight episode 3, but Taweret was not among them.

If the Ennead reappears in future Moon Knight episodes, we can expect her to be included in the cast. At the moment, it’s unclear whether Taweret will return to the MCU, but given the Marvel universe’s history of crossovers and cameos, we’re not likely to see her again.

Source: Culled From Marca.

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