Black Knight: The Basics.
There were several heroes and villains wearing the Black Knight's cloak. But Dane Whitman is undoubtedly the most enduring and popular of them all. Dane swings a mystical sword called Ebony Blade and continues the heroic legacy of his ancestor, Sir Percy of Scandia. He has been a valuable member of many superhero teams, including the Avengers, Defenders, Heroes for Hire, and Ultraforce. He even made a romantic relationship with Sersi and made lasting connections with the Eternals.
Dane is often tormented by inner darkness. His enchanted sword also carries a blood spell that threatens to drive the user crazy. Nevertheless, Dane has repeatedly proven to be one of Earth's most powerful heroes.
Black Knight: Forces and Abilities
Dane Whitman alone has no superhuman powers to speak of, though he is one of the best swordsmen in the Marvel Universe and happens to be a brilliant physicist. After connecting with Sersi through a ritual called "Gann Josin," Dane temporarily gained strength, speed, and durability. Later, he also gained the ability to see through magical illusions.
Most of Black Knight's powers come from his weapons. The Mystic Ebony Blade was forged by Merlin himself and can penetrate virtually any substance in the universe, magically or otherwise. The ebony blade can also absorb energy and be summoned remotely like Mjolnir. However, this sword has a serious disadvantage. It's infected with a blood-curse, meaning the more blood it spills, the more it drives its owner insane. Dane sometimes compensated for this by replacing the ebony blade with other weapons, including the Sword of Light and the Shield of the Night.
Black Knight often rides a battle on a winged steed named Aragorn.
In modern times, Sir Percy's descendant Nathan Garrett inherited the Ebony Blade and became the second Black Knight. This black knight became a villain and fought the avengers before repenting and handing the sword over to his nephew Dane Whitman. And although several other characters have since taken the Black Knight's cloak, Dane has remained the most popular and consistent version.
Originally believed to be a villain (thanks to his vile uncle), Dane managed to prove to the Avengers by infiltrating the Masters of Evil and then saving the team during a conflict with the Grand Master and Kang the Conqueror. He quickly became a valuable member of the Avengers and played a key role in Avengers' groundbreaking story: Under Siege. He even temporarily became the head of the team. Here, Dane also made a love affair with Sersi, who took a break from the Eternals to fight with the Avengers.
During his time with the Avengers and other teams, Dane has often become a victim of forces larger than him. He discovered that the Ebony Blade has a Bloodcurse that threatens to drive him insane. He often got stuck in time and moved back to the 12th century. He and Sersi have even fought against his evil doppelganger Proctor and stranded in the alternate universe known as Ultraverse. For Dane Whitman, the status quo is constantly changing, but one thing always remains constant – he is one of the bravest heroes on earth.
Black Knight: Beyond the Comics
Black Knight has no rich story outside of Marvel's comics. He appeared in a non-speaking role in an episode of Avengers: The Most Powerful Heroes on Earth. He also appeared as a playable character in games such as Marvel Avengers Alliance, LEGO Marvel's Avengers and the arcade game Avengers in Galactic Storm.
Black Knight celebrates his live action debut in Marvels Eternals in 2020, where he is played by Kit Harington. Marvel's casting announcement only refers to the character Dane Whitman, so we may not yet see him leading the Ebony Blade. However, it can be assumed that Danes relationship with Sersi (played by Gemma Chan) will play a major role in the film. It's even possible that the movie rewrote Danes origins to make him a member of the Eternals race.
It is also safe to assume that Marvel has long-term plans for Harington's character. We can see Dane Whitman coming back in a sequel to Eternals, a future Avengers movie, or even his own Disney + series. He's just too good not to be at the top of the MCU.
For more information on this upcoming MCU epic, see the Eternals Explained and Deviants Explained features of IGN.
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