ETERNALS Star Kit Harington Says The Plan Was Never For Him To Return As Black Knight In BLADE Movie

ETERNALS Star Kit Harington Says The Plan Was Never For Him To Return As Black Knight In BLADE Movie ETERNALS Star Kit Harington Says The Plan Was Never For Him To Return As Black Knight In BLADE Movie

Eternals teased the possibility of Dane Whitman first becoming Black Knight in Blade, but actor Kit Harington claims there was never actually a plan in place for him to appear in the Daywalker's movie.

By JoshWilding - Jul 10, 2023 10:07 AM EST
Filed Under: Blade

Eternals somewhat dropped the ball on Kit Harington's Dane Whitman, and we can't help but feel like the character joining Sersi and her fellow immortals on their mission would have helped to better establish him in the MCU. On the plus side, a post-credits scene at least teased his eventual transformation into Black Knight. 

After watching on helplessly while the woman he loves was taken from Earth by the Celestial Arishem, Dane contemplated picking up the Ebony Blade, only for a mysterious voice to ask whether he was ready for that. 

We'd later learn it was Mahershala Ali's Blade who confronted the teacher, with the assumption being that Black Knight's story would continue in the Daywalker's planned solo movie. Since then, it's been reported that Dane will be a lead character in Blade, only for us to later learn his role has supposedly been cut down to almost nothing in the wake of multiple rewrites. 

During a recent convention appearance, Harington was asked about his MCU future as its Black Knight. 

"The honest answer is I think that's the intention with the character," the Game of Thrones alum responded when asked if Dane is going to eventually suit up. "I was never...I think there was some misunderstanding about whether he was going to be in the Blade movie. He was never meant to be in the Blade movie."

That's the end of that then but in terms of when and where he'll return, Harington responded, "At this stage, I don't know. I hope he gets used."

He'd go on to talk about wanting to explore Dane's mental health after he suits up as Black Knight, and Marvel Studios needs to provide some answers when it comes to why Blade would want to stop him from wielding the Ebony Blade. As things stand, both that and Harington's future as this hero is uncertain, so fingers crossed he shows up again sooner rather than later. 

You can listen to the actor's comments in full in the player below.

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MasterMix - 7/10/2023, 10:48 AM
Then what was the bloody point of that scene?
Ha1frican - 7/10/2023, 10:53 AM
@MasterMix - Teasing Black Knight and Blade? There’s an obvious connection there as Blade is a sword aficionado, and expert on the occult so it would make sense that who he’d ask even if they weren’t actually going to appear together
GhostDog - 7/10/2023, 11:09 AM
@MasterMix - the sword has ties to vampirism and dracula.
WruceBayne - 7/10/2023, 11:13 AM
@Ha1frican - you don’t think it was a little “Tongue in Cheek” to have Ali’s voice in that scene when the Black Knight’s sword is called “Ebony Blade”?
dragon316 - 7/10/2023, 12:06 PM
@MasterMix - for fans
RitoRevolto - 7/10/2023, 10:51 AM
Thank god. Just let Blade do his thing alone (assuming the movie ever gets made...).
WruceBayne - 7/10/2023, 11:21 AM
@RitoRevolto - they took too long to introduce Blade(even though only his voice is heard so far in the MCU) and the F4. There’s too many questions that need to be worked out. Like where have vampires been all this time?
ShimmyShimmyYA - 7/10/2023, 12:45 PM
@WruceBayne - in the shadows like every other vampire story
kazuma - 7/10/2023, 11:01 AM
I know next to nothing about Black Knight. If he isn't set to appear in the Blade movie then what movie will it happen in?
Razorface1 - 7/10/2023, 3:06 PM
@kazuma - like, his own? Or something
kazuma - 7/10/2023, 3:17 PM
@Razorface1 - Then wtf was the point of that post credits scene?
Razorface1 - 7/11/2023, 1:16 AM
@kazuma - teasing the blade movie I guess, but its a really weird way to do it.
DEVWoulf - 7/10/2023, 11:02 AM
A white guy playing someone named Black Knight in a modern day Blade movie... never gonna happen in a million years.

dagenspear - 7/10/2023, 2:35 PM
@DEVWoulf - Why you gotta make it political?
Origame - 7/10/2023, 11:17 AM
Marvel went from expertly planned phases to throwing darts at a dart board when connecting this sh!t.

"Let's see we'll make an...eternals movie knight, then the post credits scene will include...BLADE"
WruceBayne - 7/10/2023, 11:32 AM
@Origame - I think that after the Disney acquisition the “higher ups” abandoned the formula they had and the loss of all the Marvel heavy hitters like Steve Rogers and Tony Stark definitely hurt the franchise in my opinion. Nobody really cared for the new heroes they introduced, The Eternals didn’t appeal to the masses, Moon Knight didn’t live up to the hype and Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel was just a “cute” little show. Shang Chi did ok for itself and Werewolf by Night probably won’t get pass being a Halloween special every 3-5 years.
dagenspear - 7/10/2023, 2:34 PM
@Origame - I think I remember wondering, "What does Blade have to do with Eternals of all things?"
WEAPONXOXOXO - 7/10/2023, 11:34 AM
I thought he was returning in a series as Jon Snow?
ClintThaHamster - 7/10/2023, 12:30 PM
TheLight - 7/10/2023, 6:37 PM
@ClintThaHamster - Still waiting on that official confirmation.

And No, GRRM and Kit themselves don't count.
ClintThaHamster - 7/10/2023, 7:49 PM
@TheLight - I mean, it's been in development for a year, but you're correct that it hasn't gotten the ol' green light yet.
ClintThaHamster - 7/10/2023, 7:50 PM
@TheLight - And I certainly don't trust Zaslav to do anything as sensible as producing a show tens of millions of people would watch every week.
PeterDarker121 - 7/10/2023, 11:42 AM
Makes sense.

You can't have a black daywalker named Blade who carries a blade in the night with a white black knight named Dane with an ebony blade in the same movie
KaptainKhaos - 7/10/2023, 11:49 AM
Good, he was the worst part of the Eternals
Tonic24k - 7/10/2023, 4:44 PM
@KaptainKhaos - Hardly. But also, they're just saying he's not set to appear in the Blade movie. Not ever.
Chappers - 7/10/2023, 11:49 AM
My main concern with this MCU phase is the sheer amount of new characters teased and introduced.
Some of them won't see the big screen for years, no need to rush as much as they did
ClintThaHamster - 7/10/2023, 12:34 PM
@Chappers - Agreed. I think most of the vitriol aimed at Phase 4 has been overblown, but bringing in SO MANY new characters with no clear plans to follow up has been a bummer.
DocSpock - 7/10/2023, 11:51 AM

I love the MCU.

That said.... Black Knight, Adam Warlock, Star Fox, Hercules, The Eternals. Does the MCU have real plans to weave all of these great characters into their movies? Seems like that would take 5-8 years at least, unless they cram them all in for Kang Dynasty(Ugh) or Secret Wars. Will some or all of these great characters be forgotten and fall by the wayside when the Fantastic 4 & X-Men get here?

Will Blade be his own standalone thing, in the mainstream MCU, or in a side corner with Werewolf by Night & Man-Thing?

Is Zeus forever destroyed in the MCU because of his DISASTROUS depiction in Thor 4?

Boy, I hope Feige & the MCU brain trust really have some concrete long term plans we don't know about. How awful it would be to see the mighty MCU just unravel and bleed out slowly.

Chappers - 7/11/2023, 8:20 AM
@DocSpock - This is exactly where I'm at, I don't know the logic behind introducing this many characters in such a short space of time

The main issue seems that Feige, VFX crews and Staff have been way too stretched due to the sheer number of projects so just take your time and give less characters more room, Disney+ probably hasn't helped.

Though I'm sure they've said Werewolf by Night isn't "in it's own corner" and is part of the MCU, it was a self-contained special but was mentioned as MCU canon with potential for crossovers but anyway, yeah way too much going on
DocSpock - 7/11/2023, 2:49 PM
@Chappers -

In my opinion, Disney+ has hurt more than helped things. People always anticipated 3-4 movies per year, occasionally getting new characters, etc.

Disney+ has dumped too much too fast for the general audience to keep up with and keep anticipation high. Making it worse is that most of the D+ shows are either tedious or down right bad.

batmanink - 7/10/2023, 11:59 AM
My biggest complaint of the post endgame MCU is I guess I can phrase I as “having too many projects”. I was fine with losing some of the big name characters and getting some new faces, but Shang Chi (for example) comes out, and it’s an ok movie, and near as I can tell… that’s it. Same with Eternals, and a few others. And it doesn’t help that they keep throwing in teases and cliffhangers that imply that even more characters will be joining the MCU proper and. And I’m just here wondering if they’ll ever make a Shang Chi 2, or Eternals 2, or if Blade or Black Knight, or Eros, or Pip will ever show up again. Or why they’re showing us Reed Richards or Professor X if we won’t see them again for YEARS. But sure enough we’re getting an Agatha project, among other things. We get a tease of Clea, though no actual backstory on that character. We get a statement that Starlord will return but how? We see that Moon Knight is obviously set up for more adventures, and Man-Thing and Namor exist. But there’s no cohesion to it, and so I’m left to assume that all these characters will simply return in battle world, and I’m frankly not attached enough to any of them yet to care. And that’s if there even is a battle world, or are we just heading for incursions, and if that’s the case, what exactly will happen to the best laid plans of The Contessa Vicious Allergy Seasons Are No Match For Flonase? Which is why I just can’t muster interest in mediocre movies anymore. The first 3 phases had me hooked no matter how good or bad the movies were because I was along for the ride and I knew vaguely where it was going.
EgoEgor - 7/10/2023, 12:12 PM
Why do people think it's racist for a character named Black Knight to be in a Blade movie? There's nothing racist about it. It's ridiculous.

Don't want Black Knight in Blade, simply because it should be a Blade movie in first one back.
EskimoJ - 7/10/2023, 12:57 PM
@EgoEgor - ... What?
dagenspear - 7/10/2023, 2:33 PM
@EgoEgor - Has someone brought up that it would be racist?
EgoEgor - 7/10/2023, 4:41 PM
@dagenspear - 2 people said. One is deleted or I imagined it lol. But another guy said it happening because a white guy named Black Knight ain't gonna be in the movie.
EgoEgor - 7/10/2023, 4:42 PM
@EskimoJ -
dagenspear - 7/10/2023, 6:14 PM
@EgoEgor - That may not necessarily be calling it racist, but then again maybe that is what they meant.
MarvelousMarty - 7/10/2023, 12:14 PM
What an utter mess the MCU is in. No one cares if he ever shows up again or not. Blade will probably never get made. It's basically a bunch of bad movies leading up to some sort of battle with Kang that nobody cares about. I say this as a huge Marvel fan but jesus, since Endgame it's like Feige and co all just gave up caring and thought lets just rush out loads of sh*t and make as much money as we can until the CBM bubble really is over.
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