The post-credits scene of Eternals features Kit Harington's Dane Whitman as he opens a case that has the infamous Ebony Blade and then we hear Blade's off-screen voice asking him if he's ready for it. The stinger teases the character's future in the MCU as he is set to become the Black Knight. Given Blade's presence in the scene, there are fans who are wondering if it is also an indication that Dane Whitman will also be in the vampire hunter's much-anticipated solo film. Now, it looks like we may have the answer.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Stephane Ceretti, a VFX supervisor who worked in MCU films such as Eternals and Doctor Strange, revealed that the Ebony Blade will have a bigger role in the upcoming Blade film. "The funny thing is my second on the show, which is Mårten Larsson my additional supervisor, is actually going to be supervising Blade very soon," he said. "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."
Given that the Ebony Blade will be part of Blade, a lot of fans are now speculating that Dane Whitman will be making an appearance in the film. While Ceretti didn't specifically say that Harington is going to be part of Blade, the weapon is heavily associated with Dane Whitman in the comics so it is widely believed that the character will also be making an appearance in the film in some capacity.
It wouldn't be surprising at the very least if Marvel Studios confirms later on that Harington will be making his next MCU appearance in Blade given the nature of his character and his connection to the Ebony Blade. It would make a lot of narrative sense and it could also be the opportunity for him to finally become the Black Knight. Let's just wait and see if Dane Whitman is actually going to be part of the upcoming film.
Blade will star Mahershala Ali in the titular role along with Delroy Lindo, who has been cast in an undisclosed role. Bassam Tariq will direct the film. There's no release date set yet, but it will begin production later this year.