Following his appearance in Eternals, questions have been raised about the status of Kit Harrington’s Dane Whitman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film’s post-credit tag definitely set the stage for his character to take on the superheroic mantle of the Black Knight. Between seemingly being about to reveal his family lineage to Sersi (before her abduction by Arishem the Judge) and retrieving the Ebony Blade, Marvel Studios made it clear there are bigger plans for his character beyond his supporting role in Eternals.
According to Kit Harrington, however, the plans for when he would return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe remain unclear. In an interview with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the actor discussed his uncertainty about what Marvel Studios has planned for him.
I don’t know how much they’re planning. And you know, I hope to be involved in future stuff, with that character, with Dane Whitman, and that he might go on and be the thing that everyone quotes at me in the street. But I honestly don’t know. I don’t know what their plans are. I know they’re going into a kind of Phase 5.Kit Harrington
While one can certainly take his quote at face value, a fair amount of skepticism that there are currently no plans for Kit Harrington to return as the Black Knight can also be applied. This is based on the well-documented history of actors feigning ignorance about their future at Marvel Studios, only to subsequently be revealed to be in a notable role for an upcoming project. A most recent example of this is Wyatt Russell’s denial of having any plans to be brought back as John Walker, and then being revealed just months later to be a lead in the upcoming Thunderbolts film.
With that in mind, the most obvious place to anticipate a return for Harrington would be 2023’s Blade. It would serve as the obvious connection after the film’s star Mahershala Ali provided a voice cameo for the post-credit scene of Eternals. Though whether or not Kit Harrington does show up in Blade, it will be interesting to follow what character direction is taken with the Black Knight.
Source: Happy Sad Confused