Kit Harington’s Character in Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Has Some Eerie Similarities to Jon Snow
Kit Harington has a lot of work ahead of him now that Game of Thrones is over, but his next role is actually eerily similar to his character on HBO’s hit fantasy drama, Jon Snow. Harington has been cast to play the part of Dane Whitman in Marvel’s The Eternals, a character who is also known as the hero Black Knight. Here’s a quick look at all of the ways Jon Snow and Black Knight are similar.
How is Black Knight similar to Jon Snow?
Harington will be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside his former Game of Thrones co-star Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark on the show. The film also stars the likes of Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek, and Kumail Nanjiani.
His character doesn’t go by the name of Jon Snow, but he does share some similarities with the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. The biggest link between the two is the fact that the Black Knight’s main weapon is a sword, which was Jon’s weapon of choice on Game of Thrones.
The Black Knight is also very adept at hand-to-hand combat and his main love interest is named Sersi, which is eerily similar to another character in the Game of Thrones universe, Cersei (Lena Headey).
The similarities between the Black Knight and Jon Snow are strange, especially considering how Harington wanted to distance himself from Game of Thrones now that it is over.
Kit Harington opens up about his new role
According to Marie Claire, Harington recently revealed that he wants to take on roles that are completely opposite of the character he played in Game of Thrones. This is why his character in The Eternals is such an interesting choice.
“I’m trying to choose things as far away from Jon Snow as possible, but I’m playing a superhero and he’s got a sword,” Harington shared.
That said, joining Marvel is a no-brainer for Kit Harington, who is looking to continue his rise in Hollywood. The studio has enjoyed several major successes in the box office in recent years and adding someone like Harington is a pretty big move.
Unlike Jon Snow, Harington’s character has a dark side to him. In the comics, Dane’s uncle was actually a villainous version of the Black Knight whom Iron Man killed in a fight. Before he passed on, he gave Dane the mantle of the Black Knight in order to restore its legacy.
We do not know if Marvel is featuring this storyline in The Eternals, but this is not the only way in which the characters are different.
How is the Black Knight different from Jon Snow?
Although they both wield a sword and have excellent fighting skills, there are some big differences between Jon Snow and the Black Knight.
In fact, Harington assured fans that his character might look like he belongs on the set of Game of Thrones but he will be vastly different on several levels. Harington did not reveal how they differ, but it sounds like their similarities are only on the surface.
“Without saying too much at all, on the surface, [Black Knight] can look like Jon Snow in the comics but there is actually a lot to be done that is different,” Harington stated.
Kit Harington added that he is very excited to start work in the MCU and could not be happier about being a part of a project that is not Game of Thrones.
“Coming here, I can see just how passionate people are about this world. This is the first time I’ve met people on that level about Marvel and I’m just thrilled,” he noted.
Kit Harington gets close with Hayek
While fans cannot wait to see Harington on the big screens, one of his co-stars is just as big a fan of the Game of Thrones star as anyone else.
Taking to social media, Hayek recently shared a photo of herself posing with the British actor, and she could not help but gush about him in the caption.
“I still can’t believe that I’m working with #jonsnow!” she wrote.
Harington’s former co-star, Emilia Clarke, also got in on the fun and liked the post. Hayek is set to play the part of Ajak in the movie. Her character is an Eternal who has seen a lot of combat over the years, including action in the Trojan War.
The movie also stars Brian Tyree Henry, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, and Barry Keoghan. Chloe Zhao is helming the project, which was written by Ryan and Matthew Firpo.
Catch Kit Harington in The Eternals when it hits theaters on November 6, 2020. The next movie in Marvel’s lineup is Black Widow, which premieres May 1, 2020.