‘Eternals’ Star Kit Harington Says ‘Blade’ Return Was Never The Plan

A cut from Blade?

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Many fans were convinced Eternals star Kit Harington would return as the Black Knight in Blade. However, the star now confirms that was never the plan.

Following the tease of Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman meeting Mahershala Ali’s Blade at the end of Eternals, many fans believed him to take up the Ebony Blade as the Black Knight in Blade. Recent rumors have suggested his role had been cut from the movie, leading many to wonder where they’d see Harington next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During an interview, Harington confirmed that he wasn’t cut because there was never a plan for him to return in the Blade reboot.

“The honest answer is I think that’s the intention with the character. I was never…I think there was some misunderstanding about whether he was going to be in the Blade movie,” Harington explained at Superhero Comic Con. “He was never meant to be in the Blade movie.”

According to Kit Harington, even he doesn’t know when Dane Whitman will return to the MCU or if he’ll be suiting up as the Black Knight. Though the actor did say that, if he was to return, he’d want to continue to explore Dane’s mental health issues as the Black Knight just like in the comics. This, of course, has led many fans scratching their head at why Mahershala Ali’s Blade was teased at the end of Eternals along with the Ebony Blade. Though it seems those answers will only come with time.

The talent behind Marvel’s Blade movie

Yann Demange, known for directing White Boy Rick and ’71is at the helm of Marvel’s Blade movie, with a script penned by Michael Starrbury, who co-wrote Netflix’s When They See Us. Bassam Tariq was initially set to direct, but had to step down due to scheduling conflicts.

The original cast of Blade included Delroy Lindo, Aaron Pierre and Milan Ray, but it’s uncertain if they’re still attached to the project since it was supposed to begin production in November 2022 before undergoing a creative overhaul. For now, Blade is expected to begin shooting in a few weeks.

Blade is being produced by Marvel Studios veterans Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito and Eric Hauserman Carroll, with Bassam Tariq receiving an executive producer credit despite leaving the director’s chair. The movie is currently scheduled to hit theaters on September 6, 2024

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Anthony Singletary

Anthony Singletary

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