A cameo by Dane Whitman/Black Knight (Kit Harington) was contemplated, according to Moon Knight head writer Jeremy Slater, who also explains why it didn’t happen.
Kit Harington reprising his role as Dane Whitman from the 2021 film Eternals was on the table at one point, according to Jeremy Slater, the lead writer for Marvel Studios’ Disney+ limited series Moon Knight. This crossover appearance, however, was not supposed to be.
Dane Whitman would have been a logical choice for Moon Knight, according to Slater, because both he and Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac), one of Marc Spector’s alters, work at museums in London. If Dane had appeared in Moon Knight, however, Slater would have sought to convert him into his comic book alter persona, the Black Knight, which was impossible due to space constraints.
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“We discussed a little bit about Dane Whitman because he works in a history museum and it seemed like a natural interaction,” Slater added. “As a fan, I’m pissed off if we get Kit Harington to turn up and he doesn’t suit up and doesn’t kick ass.”
The author continued, “I’d like to see him go full Black Knight if he shows up. Just saw an encounter where he passes by and says, “Oh hey Steven,” to which Steven responds, “Oh, hey Professor Whitman!” That seems like a waste of the money Kit Harington would spend in there.”
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“There’s just so much you can do to tease those reveals before people get upset,” Slater added. “We ultimately determined that making this connection didn’t make sense since there was no place in those first two episodes to have him gear up and play Black Knight in the tale,” he concluded. “But that was something we spoke about in the room for a couple of days.”
Dane Whitman debuted in 1967’s Avengers #47, created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema. Dane became the third Black Knight, a descendant of the original Black Knight, Sir Percy of Scandia, and the nephew of the second, wicked Black Knight, Nathan Garrett. Dane has been a member of many superhero teams over the years as the Black Knight, most notably the Avengers.
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With Game of Thrones alum Kit Harington in the role, the character made his Marvel Cinematic Universe premiere in filmmaker Chloé Zhao’s Eternals, which entered theatres in November 2021. In addition to a vocal cameo by Mahershala Ali as Eric Brooks/Blade, a post-credit sequence hinted Dane’s transformation into the Black Knight. While Ali is slated to reprise his role as Blade in a forthcoming solo film, it’s unclear when MCU fans will see Harington’s Dane Whitman again.
Meanwhile, Moon Knight follows Marc Spector, his heroic alter ego Moon Knight, and his parallel identity Steven Grant on their mind-bending escapades. Moon Knight, in particular, makes few connections to the greater MCU, with the show largely serving as a standalone story set within that universe.
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On Disney+, all six episodes of Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight are now available to watch.