Spoiler alert: This article is all about the second credits scene in The Eternals and is therefore a spoiler in nature. While it doesn’t reveal the details of The Eternals’ plot, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, let us recommend checking out this review or this story about director Chloe Zhao instead.
The black knight always wins!
The surprise in the second scene of the credits isn’t that she teases the Black Knight’s arrival. It has been known for a while that the Game of Thrones star Kit Harington plays in The Eternals is Dane Whitman, the hero’s alter ego. It’s a cryptic scene ending that Marvel fans will be buzzing about … and confused.
It should be noted that Whitman is good The Black Knight, who first appeared in Avengers # 47 (1967), not in bad The Black Knight (his uncle) who first appeared in Tales to Astonish # 52 (1964) fighting the Giant Man and the Wasp. (It should also be noted that this is not the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), so don’t expect our hero to be suddenly dismembered.)
Incidentally, the value of Avengers 47 has skyrocketed with news that a character is arriving in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the near-new copy reportedly sold over $ 5,000 this year.
The second bonus scene, which comes after the credits, finds Dane, led by the disappearance of his girlfriend, Sersi (the Eternal, played by Gemma Chan), to confront his birthright, the Ebon Blade. As for excuses not to live together, the fact that, in fact, they were kidnapped by God in front of her boyfriend is a pretty good reason.… So, having opened the box, he seems so reluctant to look inside. Honestly, who wouldn’t hesitate when there is an inscription under the lid that translates as “Death is my reward”?
What’s in the box? A blade carved by Merlin – yes what Merlin is from a meteorite (like everything good in the MCU). In the comics, he has had a rather controversial history involving the Avengers, Inhumans, and Dracula, among others.
According to legend, this weapon existed during the time of King Arthur; by publication, it predates the Silver Age of Marvel (the generation of 1960s heroes such as Iron Man and Spider-Man who form the core of the MCU). He first appeared in Black Knight Comics # 1 in 1955 at the hands of OG Black Knight, a friend of Arthur’s. One of the celestials of the Marvel company, Stan Lee, even wrote this story.
In the comics, the magic sword has a number of abilities, the main of which are invulnerability and the ability to cut through anything (including mystical obstacles). It also grants its wearer protection from energy blasts and magical attacks. This is a big deal. However, he is also cursed and has a habit of increasing the bloodlust of his user. What did you expect from this motto?
Although the Dane is only one in a long line of Black Knights belonging to King Arthur’s Round Table, he was the first to join the Avengers (both the Defenders and others). Marvel fans, of course, knew that all of this would go into The Eternals, although the uninitiated may have enjoyed seeing Harington in a decidedly inverted helpless girlfriend, here the immortal boyfriend of Sersi’s immortal heroine.
As for the Avengers, the Black Knight is one of the least physically strong. But he is a great fighter, especially with a sword that is in great shape for a human. Oh, and he really knows how to ride a horse.
The real mystery of the post-credits scene emerges at the very end, when an unidentified voice asks, “Are you sure you’re ready for this, Mr. Whitman?”
What voice? Who? Where? Or maybe … when?
The scene ends immediately after Dane hears these words; the voice sounds too fast for accurate identification. A Disney spokesman declined to confirm the speaker’s identity. So …
Could it be Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) returning from vacation in space (space-cation?) To conduct early recruitment for the new Avengers team? Earthbound Avengers are currently missing some strong attackers; To borrow a Steve Rogers metaphor, these aren’t ’92 Dodgers, but they’re definitely not ’27 Yankees.
Could it be Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) returning from the destruction of the multiverse with Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home, or the infatuated Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in 2022? Looks like he’s the kind of guy who knows when the Ebony Blade is pulled out of a creepy box.
Or is it … Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors from Loki)? This strange time-traveling wanderer was probably around when the meteor first bared its guts and was likely to witness the troubles to come as a result of the old Dane picking up a large knife.
Or someone completely different? Perhaps a character not yet confirmed for an MCU appearance?
We do not know. We don’t know yet. But if it hurts deeply, knowing that you will have to wait for disclosure in a future Marvel movie, take courage: this is just a wound in the flesh.