Kit Harington Talks Allure of Playing Black Knight and The Ebony Blade’s, “Idea of Addiction”
One of the most divisive films in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has found a second life as it was recently released on Disney+; with Eternals debuting Dane Whitman, Kit Harington talks the allure of playing Black Knight and the complicated Ebony Blade.
Eternals was a unique experience for MCU fans. Finding a renewed appreciation amidst its release on digital and streaming platforms (no doubt thanks in part to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic), the film’s exploration of centuries of human history made it one of the most interesting projects Marvel has ever attempted.
The visually stunning narrative woven by Academy Award Winning director Chloe Zhao gave the MCU something that felt akin to the universe, but also entirely new.
Based on the Marvel Comics by Jack Kirby, the story follows ten near-immortal beings as they face humanity’s extinction via the Celestials. Fortunately, they all work together to preserve humanity and the planet.
One of the more interesting characters debuts in the film was the love interest to Sersi, Dane Whitman, who sported a minor role in the film that was chock-full of interesting easter eggs that could point to the character’s presence in the MCU for years to come.
Dane Whitman, in the source material, ends up wielding the incredibly dangerous Ebony Blade, and adopting the Black Knight persona. This is something many fans assume will happen to the character’s MCU counterpart.
The talented actor recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the potential of the character’s future. Harrington spoke on the allure of playing Black Knight and the complicated entity known only as the Ebony Blade.
Harrington discussed the Ebony Blade’s intriguing qualities, as it grants the individual who wields the blade incredible power, but works at corrupting the user into the darkness for which it is granted its power.
Harrington stated he was intrigued at portraying a character with a “superpower that surrounds the idea of addiction.” Dane’s continued reliance on the sword will only mean his continued journey down the path of darkness that the sword requires.
Harrington continued, “The thing is if you read up about him, his superpower is also his curse. Now if that happens [in the MCU] or now, we don’t know. In this movie, Dane’s just Dane, and stay to the end and you might see something fun.”
We can surely guess that Whitman’s future as the Black Knight is all but assured after that post-credits scene, which shows him almost embracing the curse, before being stopped by (an offscreen) Blade the Daywalker (Mahershala Ali).
A future with both of these characters is incredibly exciting to us, as both could introduce a completely new realm of the vast Marvel Cinematic Universe.