Marvel Studios Casts Kit Harington as Black Knight in The Eternals

It was just yesterday reports surfaced saying Game of Thrones star Kit Harington would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, it's been officially revealed Harington will be playing Dane Whitman in Marvel's The Eternals due out next year. The character might be better known to fans as Black Knight, the wielder of Marvel's iconic Ebony Blade.

For the uninitiated, Black Knight is another superhero moniker used by more than one character through the vast Marvel history — Whitman just so happens to be the most famous character to pick up the sword. First appearing in The Avengers #47 as himself before becoming Black Knight in The Avengers #48, Whitman's a genius-level intellect with all kinds of gadgetry at his disposal. He's also a master swordsman, which allows him to put the Ebony Blade — a mystical sword — with ease.

Coincidentally enough, Whitman has also been involved in a romantic relationship with the Eternal Sersi, who's being played by Captain Marvel star Gemma Chan. Chan's situation is the first time a major actor has played two big roles in the MCU.

Originally, the famed Ebony Blade was supposed to appear in Doctor Strange, though propmaster Barry Gibbs previously admitted it was pulled from the final cut from the film.

"It was [going to be in the movie]," Gibbs said when the solid black blade was pointed out. "That was going to go into a book called the Lexicon of Relics, but the Ebony Blade was taken out of the script. I don't quite know why. Again, as things evolved, it wasn't pertinent to the script. Things just moved on."

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The Eternals is set to bow November 6, 2020. Are you excited to see Whitman join the MCU? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or by tweeting me at @AdamBarnhardt to chat all things MCU!

Upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall of 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, What If…? In Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021. Other MCU properties without release dates include Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk.