How ‘The Eternals’ Kit Harington Will Become One Of Marvel’s ‘New Avengers’

Earlier this year, Kit Harington wrapped up his eight-season run as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, and now, he is trading in one iconic franchise for another. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige recently announced that Harington will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe next year as Dane Whitman – AKA the Black Knight – in The Eternals. And, if things go according to plan, Harington’s character will end up joining the New Avengers, which is likely to happen during Phase 5.

'The Eternals' Kit Harington
‘The Eternals’ Kit Harington | Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

The similarities between Jon Snow and the Black Knight

Kit Harington must enjoy being dressed in black and wielding a sword. As The Eternal’s Black Knight, the actor will be wearing the same color and carrying the same weapons as Jon Snow. And, as The Hollywood Reporter explains, Harington’s new character must “come to terms with an incredible lineage that could either destroy the world or save it.” For GOT fans, that description sounds incredibly familiar.

The news of Harington’s casting came as a surprise to many. It wasn’t a shock that he joined the MCU, it was the role itself that caught people off guard. Many expected that Feige would announce Harington as the new Wolverine, which is obviously a much-more familiar character compared to the Black Knight.

However, the character has a long, complicated history in the Marvel Comics, with connections to just about everyone in the Marvel Universe. And, he could end up being one of the most important characters in the MCU.

Who is the Black Knight in ‘The Eternals’?

The Black Knight has the task of possessing the Ebony Blade, which is a sword carved from a meteor and enchanted by the wizard Merlin. The legend is that the blade is indestructible, it can cut through any substance or mystical barrier, it deflects energy at the right angle, or it can absorb any form of energy.

However, Dane Whitman isn’t the first Black Knight, he’s just the most recent in a long line of men. The first Black Knight was Sir Percy of Scandia, created by Stan Lee and Joe Maneely in 1955 for Atlas Comics as part of a medieval adventure series. Because of all of the blood Percy shed, the Ebony Blade acquired a curse.

Whitman is from Massachusetts, has a Master’s degree in physics, and he is also a highly-skilled martial artist. Like Captain America, he is a regular guy with no super strength or speed, but he is also a descendant of Sir Percy, and he gets his power from the Ebony Blade.

The blood curse of the blade has had quite an effect on Whitman. At one point, it turned him into a statue, and it has also compelled him to do things and go places that are connected to the previous wielders.

Marvel’s big plans

When Feige introduced Kit Harington at the D23 Expo, he hinted that Marvel had big plans for the character in the future of the MCU.

“He’s a really amazing actor, and this part came up in The Eternals film that we’re doing. We were so happy when he agreed to join, and it is a part that could perhaps grow into something else in the future,” said Feige.

The expectation is that the “something else” he was referring to is that Dane Whitman’s Black Knight will join the New Avengers sometime during Phase 5. In the comics, the Black Knight has not only been a part of the Avengers, but he has also led Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Other characters who are rumored to join the New Avengers include Captain Marvel, Sam Wilson’s Captain America, Jane Foster’s Thor, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Wasp, Blade, and Shang-Chi. Of course, Spider-Man was also expected to be a part of the team. But because of the Marvel/Sony break-up, plans have changed.

The Eternals will hit theaters on November 6, 2020.