Chloé Zhao’s Eternals is now available to stream on Disney+, allowing more people to be introduced to over a dozen new characters joining the MCU. There’s Gemma Chan’s Sersi, Richard Madden’s Ikaris, Harry Styles’ Eros—and so many more. There’s even Arishem, the Celestial, who can be bigger than entire galaxies; it’s pretty heavy stuff.
One of the biggest introductions in the film doesn’t actually amount to much for the overall plot. The person in question is Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman. He’s introduced as the love interest to Sersi, representing how close she’s become to humanity and her fondness of the species as a whole. It’s not until the very last post-credits scene that the character’s purpose becomes more apparent.
Audiences see Whitman alone in a room with a mysterious box in front of him. Upon opening it, the Ebony Blade is revealed—the very sword that will eventually turn him into The Black Knight. Before he can touch it, however, the voice of Blade, Mahershala Ali, warns him about the potential consequences of following through with it.
But what’s next? That is the question. It seems, however, the answer is quite clear: Harrington is going to be joining Blade’s first solo outing.
Will Kit Harington Be In the Blade Movie?
In an interview with Comicbook.com, Eternals VFX Supervisor Stephan Ceretti talked about the effects within the film, more specifically that of the Ebony Blade.
Ceretti confirmed that the infamous weapon will factor into Marvel Studios’ upcoming Blade project in a larger capacity, noting how his additional supervisor is “is actually going to be supervising Blade very soon,” and how he hopes his colleague uses the Ebony Blade’s effects “wisely and make[s] good out of it:”
"The funny thing is my second on the show, which is Martin Lawson, my additional supervisor, is actually going to be supervising Blade very soon. So I told him, I said, 'I'm giving that to you as a gift, use it wisely and make good out of it.' But I'm sure it's going to do actually even better."
When it comes to the effects in question, the VFX guru noted that “ferromagnetic fluids” was a key inspiration, and how it makes it feel as if the weapon “wants to suck [Dane Whitman] in:”
"I showed Chloe [Zhao] these ferromagnetic fluids and things like that. And it's like these little pieces of metal that you bring a magnet, and they start to all align in a way... Actually, that effect was my idea that we should have the feeling that as he's getting his finger close to it, the blade almost wants to suck him in. 'I'm talking to you, and you're going to be mine.'"
Blade and Black Knight, a Fearsome Duo
Such a heavy setup was unexpected by lots of fans, even more so that Mahershala Ali’s Blade would be making his debut appearance in the MCU via voice off-screen.
It’s been assumed ever since that the next time audiences see Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman, it would be in Blade. This, however, is the first time it’s been all but openly confirmed.
Could Mahershala Ali’s first proper film somehow center around the Ebony Blade and its dangerous influence? It certainly seems pretty removed from the usual vampire hunting the character does.
Plenty of rumors have pointed to a possible formation of the Midnight Sons, formed by Ali, who would basically be acting as a new Nick Fury for the group. Assembled, the various team members are like supernatural Avengers.
Sadly, all of those stories are a ways off. In the meantime, however, you can live the magical moment, again and again, thanks to Disney+