Kit Harington responds to rumours, saying that Dane Whitman/Black Knight was never going to be in the Blade movie.
Kit Harington joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Dane Whitman in Eternals. The actor didn’t have the biggest role in the movie, but it was clear that his character was being set up to become the Black Knight. The post-credit scene took the first step towards that Black Knight future with Whitman opening a chest containing the Ebony Blade, but before he could touch it, he was interrupted by an unseen Blade (Mahershala Ali).
With the Blade movie already announced, it was assumed that Dane Whitman/Black Knight would make an appearance. However, Kit Harington told the audience at Superhero Comic-Con that he was never meant to be in the Blade movie. “I was never…I think there was some misunderstanding about whether he was going to be in the Blade movie,” Harington said. “He was never meant to be in the Blade movie.” As the MCU hasn’t really followed up on any of the revelations from the Eternals movie, the lack of development for Black Knight isn’t surprising.
Kit Harington added that he “can’t tell you anything” about the future of his character in the MCU, but that he thinks “the intention is to develop him at some point.” When will that happen? Who knows?
Yann Demange (White Boy Rick) is set to direct Blade for Marvel. In addition to Mahershala Ali, Blade will also star Delroy Lindo and Mia Goth. The character of Blade was originally created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan for The Tomb of Dracula #10 in 1973. Blade is a half-mortal, half-immortal who hunts vampires in order to avenge his mother, who was killed by a vampire as she gave birth to him. Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mowgli) was originally attached to direct Blade, but he wound up stepping down last year, leaving Marvel to push pause on pre-production while they searched for a replacement.
True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto signed on to work on the Blade script in an effort to get it into shape before production began, but the WGA strike prompted Marvel to delay shooting and push back its release to February 14, 2025.
If Black Knight isn’t featured in Blade, where would you like to see Kit Harington make his MCU return?