Kit Harington, who plays Eternals’ Dane Whitman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, provides insight into why he chose the role and the possible future of the MCU.
Eternals actor Kit Harington reveals why he signed up to play Dane Whitman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Directed by Chloé Zhao, Eternals premiered in November 2021, branching out in terms of genre and character to explore more deeply the heavenly side of the MCU. With an all-star cast including Gemma Chan, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry and many others, the film stands out from most MCU films. Though divisive, the superhero epic introduced many key players to the franchise at once, including the mighty Eternals himself and Harrington’s character Dane.
Introduced as Sersi’s (Chan) friend, Dane worked at the London Natural History Museum. Dane was sidelined for much of the film and was ultimately less present in Eternals. However, a few intriguing details, such as his suspicions about Sersi’s true nature, mentions of his mysterious family, and an exciting post-credits scene, helped brighten the character’s future in the MCU. Many were pleasantly surprised to see Harington, who recently completed a nearly ten-year run as Jon Snow game of thrones, in another major franchise (and reunited with former co-star Richard Madden), and he’s since explained why he took on the role.
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter Harington was asked if he knew his character could have a bigger future within the franchise. In the Marvel Comics, Dane Whitman takes over the mantle of the Black Knight from his uncle, with whom he had a complicated relationship. Eternals. As the Black Knight, Dane wields the Ebony Blade, which takes a heavy toll, and he even joins Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Harrington made it clear that he was not taking the part “just to play someone’s boyfriend,” teasing that he always had his eyes on a future as a Black Knight. Check out what he had to say below:
“No, I kind of knew that could be a possibility. I wasn’t that interested in being in a Marvel movie to play someone’s boyfriend. I knew some future possibilities, so that’s always part of the conversation But as with anything, you don’t really know. You do your research on what character it could be, and you say, ‘Oh, that looks pretty fun.’ But it’s up to them whether they want to include that person in their plans. I don’t know at this point. I have no idea what their plans are.”
Will Dane Whitman return?
Knowing that Harington is clearly willing to expand his role in the MCU as Black Knight is exciting for both fans of him and those looking forward to seeing Black Knight make his official debut in the franchise. While Harington doesn’t know what Marvel’s plans are for the character, Eternals post-credit scene obviously made for another appearance from him. In that scene, Dane inherits the Ebony Blade from a deceased ancestor (probably his uncle). As he reaches for the knife, Mahershala’s knife voice asks Ali’s if he is really ready. The scene teases further interactions between Black Knight and Blade, confirming that Dane will become a key player with his own powers in the MCU.
As for when Dane returns or makes his debut as Black Knight, there have already been talks about bringing his character back for a cameo in the Disney+ series. moon knight, starring Oscar Isaac. While he didn’t make it to that series, it’s possible that Dane’s transformation into the Black Knight is perfect fodder for a Disney+ solo show, as the MCU is eager to expand their roster into more individual stories. In terms of confirmed projects, he could return in 2024 Sheet either in a cameo, post-credits scene, or a larger role, as their characters have already been linked through the MCU. if Eternals 2 should happen, Dane’s involvement with Sersi could make him a comeback. Finally, the Black Knight’s presence in the avengers in the comics could mean that the Eternals character will appear in one of the upcoming avengers movies.
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