Kit Harrington has officially joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe through Eternals. It’s just that he’s not one of the 10 members of the Eternals introduced in Chloé Zhao’s film. Kit Harrington plays Dane Whitman.
Christopher Catesby “Kit” Harington, born 26 December 1986 is an English actor. He attended the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and made his professional acting debut with the lead role as Albert Narracott in the critically acclaimed West End drama War Horse at the National Theatre. in 2009.
In 2011, his breakthrough role as Jon Snow in the HBO epic fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019) earned him international acclaim and several awards, including a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor – Television Series Drama in 2019 and two Primetime Nominations. Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2016 and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2019.
Harington developed, produced and starred in the BBC drama series Gunpowder (2017) based on the lead role of his ancestor Robert Catesby in the Gunpowder plot. Her film roles include the historical romance Pompeii (2014) and the British period drama Testament of Youth (2014). He also voices Eret in the film series How to Train Your Dragon. Harington stars as Dane Whitman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Eternals, released in November 2021.
In the Marvel comics universe, Dane Whitman is an intelligent scientist and very skilled in physics. Not only that, he also mastered various fields of science and technology including matters related to genetics and machines.
There is a slight difference between Dane Whitman’s professional background in the Eternals film and the comics. In the film, Dane Whitman is told as a historian who works at the Natural History Museum, London. He is a professor who has a love affair with Sersi (Gemma Chan).
Kit Harrington’s appearance in Eternals is fairly short. However, the characters are prepared to appear more in the next story as leaked in the after credits scene. There, Dane revealed more about his background including the ownership of the Ebony Blade which was passed on to him.
Dane Whitman is a human character without superpowers. He’s not Eternals like Sersi or Ikaris so his strength is just like a normal male who does regular training.
But the advantages of Dane Whitman besides being smart are also good at swords. This is what makes Dane Whitman then a formidable fighter when it comes to dealing with things beyond what humans are used to, especially in the MCU. Dane’s sword skills make him one of the best in the Marvel comics universe.
The Ebony Blade that appears at the end of Eternals is a sword with magical powers. From here Dane then got another power which later made him a Black Knight. The Ebony Blade has been handed down from generation to generation from Merlin to Sir Percy of Scandia (who is also the Black Knight), then to the Knights Templar, until finally passed down to Dane Whitman.
In Eternals, Dane mentions something about his uncle that has been kept secret from Sersi. But before it was revealed, something happened to the Eternals and Sersi disappeared from the face of the earth. Then at the end he opened a box containing Ebony Blade which was thick with magical power.
This sword then made Dane Whitman more familiar with magical things and magic. In the film he also witnessed Sersi himself unleashing his powers when the Deviants attacked in London.
In addition, Dane Whitman is also told as a figure who is good at riding. But we still don’t know much about what his character development will look like in the MCU because in Eternals, Dane Whitman’s appearance is minimal.