Despite Kit Harington’s future as Black Knight in the MCU being teased in the post-credit scene of Eternals, the Game of Thrones star has yet to hear anything about his next appearance. While all comments made by Marvel actors should be taken with a pinch of salt, as was learned from listening to Andrew Garfield deny his involvement in Spider-Man: No Way Home for months, Harington has revealed that he is still waiting for a call from Marvel to tell him if and when he will return to the franchise, but as of now he has no idea when that will be.
When the first promos for Eternals arrived last summer, Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman was featured in the trailers as one of the few human characters to appear in the movie. However, many fans of the actor were underwhelmed when his character turned out to be almost a bookend addition to proceedings, having scenes at the beginning and end of the movie but very little in between. As the boyfriend of Gemma Chan’s Sersi, the movie ended with Dane watching Sersi being stolen from the Earth by Arishem, before appearing in the post-credit scene uncovering the Ebony Blade, and being spoken to directly by the voice of Blade (Mahershala Ali).
The set-up at the end of Eternals is enough to ensure that Harington had a significant role to play in the future of the MCU, even if Marvel Studios isn’t ready to share it with him just yet if you believe what he says. Appearing on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on U.K. radio, Harington continued to claim that he “genuinely” doesn’t know anything about the next steps for the role. He said:
“No, not that I know of. It sounds like a very political answer. It’s exciting for me. The last film, as anyone who all have seen, it kind of sets an idea up that I might go further, so I’m hoping. But I think whenever you’re answering questions about these things, people point at you and say ‘liar’ as if you know more than other people, I have no idea. I genuinely don’t. I’m waiting for a call on it at some point.”
Kit Harington’s Black Knight May Have to Wait for His MCU Return, Which Will Likely Come After Blade
The post-credit scene of Eternals sets up Black Knight’s connection to Blade, with Mahershala Ali making his vocal debut as the vampire in the scene. While Blade is known outside the MCU for a trilogy of movies starring Wesley Snipes in the title role, his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will likely be an introduction movie similar to Captain Marvel’s first appearance following the tease at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. This would mean that Blade’s first movie would likely end at the same point in time Dane Whitman picks up the Ebony Blade in the final scene of Eternals.
If this turns out to be the case, then Kit Harington could be waiting a couple of years or more to make his first big impression on the MCU, as it looks like Blade will not be making his debut until sometime in 2024. However, considering principal photography on all of Marvel Studios’ upcoming movies to 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is seemingly complete, it will not be too long before shooting stars on the Phase 5 slate.
Eternals star Kit Harington once turned down a superhero movie role so that he could focus on his work as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.
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