A while back, Eternals actor Kit Harington was asked by Total Film about the future of his character Dane Whitman, who in the comic books is the Avengers member, Black Knight. He gave the impression that his character will simply be a human that gets caught-up in the Eternals adventure.
“The human character of the story. He’s not an Eternal. He’s a character who works with the Natural History Museum in London. But he’s not an Eternal – that’s the main takeaway!”
“I’ve got no idea whether my character goes on or not. I had read up on who he could be, or might be. So there’s the possibility for a longer trajectory. And hopefully, I think this is the tip of the iceberg for my character. I hope. But I just don’t know, you know? I’m as in the dark as anyone else. And I try not to live too far ahead in the future with anything. Even when I was in Game of Thrones, even on the sixth season, I presumed the seventh season wasn’t going to happen!”
This idea that the Black Knight stuff via Ebony Blade will be saved for later on is being echoed by Marvel Studios.
Longtime Marvel Studios producer Nate Moore revealed during a set visit (via Screen Rant), that Eternals won’t exactly focus on Dane Whitman becoming his superhero persona. Mentioning that the Ebony Blade (gives him his powers) and Black Knight will be something they tackle “down the road.”
“We think he’s interesting and a great character and actually Kit Harington, who just wrapped yesterday, was fantastic, but we very much explore the relationship between Dane Whitman and Sersi, which is again something for comic readers … you won’t see the Ebony Blade in this movie. He’s not going to be a Black Knight necessarily, but that is something that we get to play with down the road.”
It’s not entirely shocking that the first Eternals film is aiming to develop the relationship between Dane and Sersi, before giving him his superhero status.
The film is confirmed to have two post-credit scenes, so, we’ll be curious if those will involve some teases for Dane Whitman’s Black Knight, the Ebony Blade, or something else completely.
“A magical blade forged by Merlin and Sir Percy from the Starstone meteorite. The Ebony Blade was enchanted to cut through any object, to prevent the death of its wielder, and to deflect any magic, but it also carried a curse that would slowly corrupt any user and cause a lust for violence, bloodshed, and death.”
We’ll have to wait and see where Kit Harington’s Whitman will show up next. It’ll be interesting to see Marvel Studios finally cover a true fantasy project after sort of wading in those waters with the Thor franchise (skewed more cosmic) and elements seen in Shang-Chi.
Eternals will finally hit theatres on November 5.
ETERNALS – The immortal heroes, the Eternals, came here 7,000 years ago, since the dawn of man, to “protect humans from the Deviants.” Sersi reveals that she hasn’t seen some of the other Eternal teammates for centuries. With the monstrous creatures, the Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, Ikaris decides that it’s time for them to “find the others” and defend humanity once again. As the epic story unfolds, Sersi and Ikaris reunite with Kingo (played by Kumail Nanjiani), Sprite (played by Lia McHugh), Gilgamesh (played by Don Lee), Thena (played by Angelina Jolie), Makkari (played by Lauren Ridloff), Phastos (played by Brian Tyree Henry), and Druig (played by Barry Keoghan).
SOURCE: SCREEN RANT