Eternals was promised to be a bold new part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that would carry years of storylines. However, the fact that it is the lowest-rated and most divisive film in the entire Marvel universe has prompted the studio to refuse to press ahead with its plans for the ancient superhero team as forcefully as previously.
While Harry Styles was introduced as Starfox in the first Eternals post-credits scene, which we've been assured will be picked up sooner than later, the following-credits segment surprised us all by retaliating Kit Harington's Dane Whitman to Mahershala Ali's Blade, who appeared via an audio-only appearance. This appeared to promise that Black Knight would collaborate with the Daywalker in his own film.
The most recent rumors suggest that this isn't the case at all, and that 2024's Blade, which is finally getting back on track after many behind-the-scenes issues, will not be able to reprise Harington's role. As tweeted by insider account @CanWeGetToast,
This purported explosion has only increased Eternals fans' fears that Marvel would fail to fulfill their enormous potential in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Folks believe that Harington, in particular, has a lot to offer the franchise if only they use him.
Other, more cynical, think that Black Knight will never be seen again on screen.
Kevin Feige, please give him a call if you want the star of your next Special Presentation.
Given that Harington is likely to be busy with the Jon Snow Game of Thrones series, Marvel may have squandered the opportunity to make the most of such a popular actor.
Eternals seems to be operating in its own little island of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in just one more way.
Blade is scheduled to be released in cinemas on September 6, 2024.