Few have had the pleasure of playing around in two of Hollywood’s biggest franchises. After a decade starring in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Kit Harington is finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’ll make his MCU debut in Chloé Zhao’s The Eternals, a production he’s currently filming. The Game of Thrones alum was on-hand at ACE Comic Con in Chicago Sunday afternoon and while there, he touched on his upcoming Marvel role. According to the new Marvel star, he’s just excited to get involved in another expansive universe.
“I went from a brilliant play which sort of kickstarted my career and Game of Thrones came along and that lasted ten years. As Game of Thrones finished, Marvel came along and so what I’m really excited about is getting involved in a new world and in a new universe,” Harington revealed.
Harington then made sure to point out the experiences he’s had with the various fans that have come through the convention for autographs and pictures.
“Coming here, I can see just how passionate people are about this world,” the actor continued. “This is the first time I’ve met people on that level about Marvel and I’m just thrilled. It’s a whole new chapter and a whole new character to start thinking about. 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.”
In another recent speaking engagement, Harington said his Eternals characters would be carrying a sword, seemingly confirming the involvement of the Ebony Blade in the upcoming film.
“Now I’m going with a Marvel movie. I’m going on to play a superhero, which is cool. I don’t know what I can say about it, I’m scared to sort of even mention it,” Harington said at first before detailing a play he wanted to join. “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.” [Source]
Even though production is well underway for Chloé Zhao’s The Eternals, little is known about the storyline of the movie. In fact, to date, we’ve still only got confirmation that Kit Harington would be playing Dane Whitman, with no confirmation from Marvel Studios he’d be making the leap and playing the Ebony Sword-wielding Black Knight within the same movie. Now, it looks like Harington will be going full-on Black Knight, at least if recent comments from the actor are any indication.
During a recent business summit where Harington served as a guest speaker, the panel moderator asked the Game of Thrones alum what was next after an illustrious career on Game of Thrones. That’s when the new Marvel star mentioned his superhero role isn’t unlike that of Jon Snow from the smash-hit HBO show.
“Now I’m going with a Marvel movie. I’m going on to play a superhero, which is cool. I don’t know what I can say about it, I’m scared to sort of even mention it,” Harington said at first before detailing a play he wanted to join. “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.”
Most Marvel fans would be able to put two and two together and figure out that since Harington has been confirmed as Whitman, he’d be playing Black Knight. After hearing these comments, it appears the long-time Avenger will officially make his debut on-screen next November as not only Dane Whitman, but the Black Knight as well.
The Eternals bows November 6, 2020. The sprawling cast includes Angelina Jolie (Thena), Richard Madden (Ikaris), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Salma Hayek (Ajak), Lia McHugh (Sprite), Don Lee (Gilgamesh), Kit Harington (Dane Whitman/Black Knight), Gemma Chan (Sersi), and Barry Keoghan (Druig). Zhao will direct from a script by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. [Source]
Marvel’s Black Knight is coming to the MCU and Kit Harington will be playing him in the comic book feature The Eternals. Amid the relentless onslaught of news coming out of the D23 Expo – from Disney+ information to the studio’s theatrical release slate to the new attractions headed to Disney theme parks – was the revelation that Kit Harington is joining the MCU. The actor recently wrapped up his decade-ish-long run as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, the most popular TV show in the world and he will now be a part of the most popular cinematic franchise in the world.
Kit Harington is set take on his first major comic book role in Marvel Studios’ 2020 release, joining a ridiculous cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Gemma Chan, and in a Game of Thrones reunion, Richard Madden. But Kit Harington will not be playing one of the titular Eternals; he will be playing Dane Whitman, a character who becomes the hero known as the Black Knight.
The Black Knight was rumored to show up in Avengers: Endgame, and while that didn’t happen, he is seemingly now on the way for real. Fans had a long time to familiarize themselves with Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, and with Dane Whitman coming soon to the MCU, it seems like a worthwhile endeavor to set an early start on getting to know Kit Harington’s Black Knight.
If you don’t want to be told ‘you know nothing,’ read on to find out what you need to know about Kit Harington’s Eternals character.
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The actor’s character Dane Whitman may be obscure, but he has a lot of potential in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
At Saturday’s D23 celebration, Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, announced Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington has joined the cast of Chloe Zhao’s The Eternals as Dane Whitman, better known as the Black Knight. Yes, in a bit of clever synchronicity, Harington will once again don the black, wield a sword and come to terms with an incredible lineage that could either destroy the world or save it. Despite the many similarities between Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow and Marvel’s Black Knight, I expect Harington to bring a new presence to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Whitman. While some were confounded over the decision to cast such a recognizable actor as a character unfamiliar to general audiences, not helped by speculation a day earlier suggesting he’d be playing Wolverine, Black Knight shouldn’t be underestimated. As a member and onetime leader of the Avengers, and one of the best combat fighters alongside Steve Rogers and Logan, Black Knight has deep ties to almost every corner of the Marvel Universe. He, along with the Eternals, may be something of an enigma right now, but there’s a strong chance that he will emerge as one of the breakout characters in the MCU going forward.
The history of the Black Knight in the Marvel Universe is a complicated one, but equally rewarding because of that factor. Dane Whitman isn’t Marvel’s first Black Knight. He’s not even the second. He’s part of a long line of men tasked with possessing the Ebony Blade. The first Black Knight, Sir Percy, predated Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee and Joe Maneely in 1955 for Atlas Comics, the five-issue Black Knight comic was a medieval adventure series centered on a knight of King Arthur’s court in the 6th century. Sir Percy wielded the Ebony Blade, forged by Merlin from a meteorite, against Mordred the evil, until his death at the Fall of Camelot. The second Black Knight, Professor Nathan Garrett, created by Lee and Dick Ayers, first appeared in Tales to Astonish No. 52 in 1964. A descendant of Sir Percy, Garrett sought out the Ebony Blade but the sword found him unworthy. He then chose to create his own weapons, a technologically advanced medieval arsenal that he used to battle Giant-Man and the Wasp, Iron Man and eventually the Avengers as one of Zemo’s Masters of Evil. Before succumbing to his wounds after a battle with Iron Man, Garrett entrusted his nephew to restore honor to the family and prove himself worthy of the Ebony Blade. [Source]
The Marvel Cinematic Universe may be losing Spider-Man, but they are gaining the (former) King of the North. Fresh off the final season of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow actor Kit Harington is set to star in The Eternals, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced at Disney’s D23 Conference.
Marvel is entering “Phase Four” of its cinematic universe, after Avengers: Endgame wrapped up the storylines of some of the franchise’s most recognizable heroes. New superheroes will have to replace the likes of Iron Man and Captain America as the leaders of Marvel’s super-team. Plus, Marvel is reportedly losing the rights to use Spider-Man in future films, which means the studio will be even more eager for recognizable faces to usher fans into their new era of films. Harington fits the bill.
The star-studded Eternals features Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjani, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry and Harington’s fellow Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden as an immortal race called the Eternals. (Madden played one of Jon Snow’s doomed brothers, Robb Stark.) Harington will play a non-Eternal character according to Feige, which means he could be the film’s villain.
Harington will be well-prepared to join a massive movie franchise. After all, he just spent the last decade as the star of the world’s biggest TV series. [Source]