When a new Marvel film or new show debuts on Disney+, fans aren’t just invested in the story on screen and the overall narrative of Phase 4 of the MCU. Eternals fans were left with more questions than answers after both Marvel’s Eternals post-credits scenes. Since Iron Man in 2008, Marvel has used these scenes to lay the groundwork for future films and introduce new characters.
Dane Whitman, the character played by Kit Harington, was the focus of the second Eternals post-credits scene in the film. It cuts to black as Whitman touches the Ebony Blade, and a voice asks, “Sure you’re ready for that, Mr Whitman?” Eternals director Chloe Zhao has an answer for those who left the theatre wondering how Whitman’s Black Knight fits into Marvel’s plans and who that off-screen voice was.
According to Fandom, director Chloe Zhao confirms that in the second Eternals post-credits scene, Dane Whitman hears the off-camera voice of Mahershala Ali, who is set to star in Marvel’s upcoming reboot of Blade. When Zhao was asked if the voice was Mahershala’s, the director replied, “That was the voice of one of my favourite superheroes, Mr Blade himself. Blade, Blade, Blade, yeah!”
Blade, starring Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali, was first announced at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019. While filming has been delayed until summer 2022, fans know Blade is being written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour and directed by Bassam Bariq.
Other than that, Zhao said, “You just have to wait for it. I don’t know what they’re doing with the movie, but Mahershala is a treasure. It’s going to be epic.” Despite being the first MCU character to meet the new character, Kit Harington admitted he had no idea what Marvel had planned for that scene when it was shot. The news, however, “sort of blew my mind:” when Zhao informed him of it.
“It’s really cool. [Chloé] texted me about that a couple of weeks ago and it sort of blew my mind. I didn’t know that that would be the case, so it’s pretty exciting for me.”
Eternals laid the groundwork for Dane Whitman’s own story, which appears to be linked to Ali’s Blade, even though he appeared in only a minor role. On his way into the MCU with Eternals, Harington was hoping for “some cool possibilities,” and he’s glad he got to do so.
“I came into this knowing that there would be, hopefully, some cool possibilities for the future and also looking at the character and responding to the character as I saw it on every level, in every platform. So yeah, this is a great intro into the Marvel world and I’m just very happy that this movie is the one that I got to do it in.”
Although Dane Whitman’s Black Knight has a connection to the MCU’s new vampire, the exact timing and location of their next appearance are still unknown. Although Blade was announced in 2019, Marvel Studios recently released an updated release calendar that deferred several projects, including Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther.
Marvel’s Eternals introduction suggests that the project may be further along than first thought. The release date of a third untitled Marvel movie, which had been scheduled for November 10, 2023, has been pushed forward to November 3, 2023. Perhaps the long-awaited Blade solo movie will take up this slot. Rumors have surfaced that Blade could appear in Marvel’s Moon Knight Disney+ series, which is expected to premiere in 2022, so fans may get to see him and Dane Whitman once again.
Sony’s Morbius film, with its Spider-Man connections, is scheduled for release in January 2022, so Mahershala’s Blade won’t be the only new vampire in town. Because of Ali’s appearance, Marvel fans may learn more about the studio’s plans for both characters at Disney Plus Day on November 12, 2021, or shortly.