Marvel Studios' Eternals will undoubtedly mark a changing of the guard in the MCU as it will introduce us to a new set of heroes and one character in particular that fans have been dying to see in live-action form is Black Knight. As interesting as the character is, did you know that he had a rough start playing a hero? In fact, he was so close to killing two key members of the Avengers during his first mission.
The man in question is Dane Whitman also known as the third Black Knight who shares the same lineage as the first two villainous versions of the character. However, unlike the first two men to take on the persona — Sir Percy of Scandia and Nathan Garrett, Whitman is the first heroic version of the character but considering Black Knight's dark and evil past, it made Whitman hard to trust even though he had the purest of intentions.
In Avengers #48, Whitman calls for the Avengers' help to rescue the Maximoff twins (Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) who were held hostage by Magneto. Things don't go according to plan though as the Earth's Mightiest Heroes have mistaken him for his villainous predecessor and understandably so. Things get ugly in a hurry and Whitman almost kills Goliath and Hawkeye. Thankfully, cooler heads prevail in the end and Whitman was able to lead them to Magneto's whereabouts. Over the course of his original comic book run, Whitman becomes a member of the Avengers and proves to be a vital ally for the superhero team.
It'll be interesting to see if Marvel Studios will give Black Knight a similar backstory and treatment in the MCU. We still don't know much about his live-action iteration aside from the fact that the hero will be played by Game of Thrones actor Kit Harrington but one thing's for sure, he's unlike any hero we've seen in the franchise, and he's more important than you may actually think.
Eternals will hit cinemas in 2021.
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