Marvel’s Eternals movie teased a mysterious future for Kit Harington’s “Mr. Whitman”. Here is who his family is and who he is doomed to be.
MCU teased a mysterious future for its “Mr. Whitman” character in Marvel’s Eternal movie. Dane Whitman, played by Kit Harington, was one of the only two people in the film to have an important role in the story, while the other was Kingo’s valet, Karun (Harish Patel). Being a mortal does not mean, however, that Danes do not end up making a mark on the MCU at some point.
Introduced as Sersi’s girlfriend in the modern era, Harington’s Dane Whitman was revealed to be a historian and a professor who worked at the Natural History Museum. Before the fight with the Deviants even began, Dane was able to deduce that his girlfriend was much more than she appeared to be. Early in the story, he was put on the sidelines while Sersi (Gemma Chan) went to help his allies save the world. As someone who did not travel with the group, Dane had only a small presence in Eternal. But even though he was originally positioned to be only a love interest for one of the main characters, it eventually became clear that he has his own story to tell.
Danes’ comment to Sersi about having a “complicated”Family history and a secret he needed to tell her signaled that Marvel was making a big revelation with his character. In the post-credit scene with Danes looking at the black-bladed sword, the voice from Mahershala Ali’s Blade asked “Mr. Whitman”If he was sure he was ready for it. Here’s the reason why someone like Blade would be interested in Dane, what his “complicated“Family history really is, and what a Marvel Comics character he is doomed to be in the future of MCU.
Dane Whitman is a black knight in Marvel Comics
In the 1960s, Hank Pym and Iron Man fought against Nathan Garett aka Black Knight, an evil scientist who carried an energy-driven lance and rode a mutated flying horse. After his death, his cloak was taken over by Danish Whitman, who was introduced as an American physicist and Garrett’s estranged nephew. Dressed in a redesigned version of his uncle’s armor, Dane took over the title “Black Knight” and discovered an ancient sword known as the Ebony Blade in his uncle’s castle. Years later, Dane became a full-time member of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and a main character in Marvel’s Avengers cartoon. Before long, he gained a reputation as the greatest sword fighter in the Marvel universe.
As his relationship with the team and his teammates deepened, the role of the Black Knights grew. In the early 1990s, Black Knight was the field manager for the Avengers and the face of their comic book title. With at the center of several of their greatest stories of the decade, the Black Knight formed a love triangle with Sersi and Crystal and led the Avengers through numerous adventures. But the problem that has plagued him the longest is without a doubt Ebony Blade, which carries a blood curse. Because it lives by his soul every time it spills blood, Dane spent much of his time resisting the evil hint of the sword and avoiding killing.
Who Dane Whitman’s family is in Marvel Comics
Marvels Eternal The film secretly referred to Dane’s comic book predecessor when Sersi brought up his strained relationship with his uncle. It seems that what happened when Dane spoke to his uncle is what brought the sword into the picture. Clearly, the sword is the ebony blade that Dane used throughout most of his superhero career. In both the comics and now MCU, Ebony Blade is linked to Danish Whitman and Nathan Garrett’s bloodline. It was explained in the comics that the characters are direct descendants of Sir Percy of Scandia, the original Black Knight from the 1950s comics and a defender of Camelot.
During the Arthurian era, Ebony Blade was forged by a black meteorite and enchanted by Merlin. Eventually, it was discovered that the sword secretly carried an evil curse that slowly corrupts its users. This was a secret that Merlin kept for Sir Percy. After Percy’s death, the Ebony Blade and Black Knight cloak were passed on for generations. Unfortunately, many of Sir Percy’s successors did not match his moral character and succumbed to the dark influence of the sword. One such character was Garrett, who was a respectable scientist before the curse destroyed him. Determined to restore his uncle’s good name and redeem the tattered legacy of the Black Knight, the Dane strived to do better than his ancestors. Dane has admittedly stumbled a few times along the way, but even now he still retains his heroic reputation in Marvel Comics.
What the future of Dane Whitman’s MCU could be
The Dane, who receives the Ebony Blade, indicates that the MCU is in the process of transforming his bid for the character into the sword-wielding superhero he is known to be in the comics. Based on his exchange with Sersi about his uncle, it seems that the circumstances behind his Black Knight transformation will be inspired by the comics. Why Dane did not get out of it with his uncle was not explained, but it is possible that the reason was related to the effects of Ebony Blade’s blood curse. Now the sword has apparently been passed from MCU’s Nathan Garrett to Dane. As for his trademark armor, it is possible that he will also acquire it from Garrett.
Marvel raised some interesting questions about why Dane becomes Black Knight by incorporating Blade into the character’s MCU arc. His warning to the Dane suggests that he understands the cost of taking up the sword. For this reason, he may be in a good position to deter Danes from using it. That being said, it may be that certain events – such as Sersi being caught – can convince Danes to ignore the consequences and become the new Black Knight regardless. Either way, Blade could be a guide on his journey. If that happens, Dane could get a role to play in Blade’s upcoming solo film.
Magazines are not the only option for Marvel when it comes to Danes’ future after Eternal. Except for one potential Eternals 2, there is also a chance that the studio may be interested in giving the character its own Disney + series. Given all the efforts Marvel has made to expand its TV program, Black Knight certainly feels like a candidate for its own MCU project. If he were to be the central character, the show would have enough time to dive into the history of his ancestors, the blood curse of the Ebony Blades and more. Maybe in an addition to one Black knight TV series, Dane may end up on the list of MCU’s next Avengers team. IN Avengers 5 (or later) Dane could follow in the footsteps of his comic counterpart and lead the Earth’s Most Mighty Heroes.
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