Kit Harrington is moving from “Game of Thrones” to Marvel’s “Eternals.” The studio confirmed that Harrington will be playing the role of Dane Whitman (or the Black Knight) in the upcoming movie, which is scheduled to premiere in November 2020. Harrington joins Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Gemma Chan, and Don Lee in the film.
The confirmation was made during Disney‘s D23 Expo on Saturday. The studio also took a moment to confirm Gemma Chan’s character in the movie, and the actor will be taking on the role of Sersi in the project. There was some confusion on Chan’s casting when it was announced because Chan previously played Minn-Erva in Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” movie. This time around, Chan is playing an all-new character.
Harington is best known for playing the character Jon Snow on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The “Eternals” isn’t Harrington’s first project outside of Westeros, but it is his first major role since the show ended. Other “Game of Thrones” actors to appear in Marvel films include Natalie Dormer in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and Peter Dinklage as Eitri in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Maisie” Williams starred in FOX’s “The New Mutants,” part of the X-Men franchise but it was never released after Disney bought the studio, and Sophie Turner starred in FOX’s ill-fated “Dark Phoenix” movie earlier this summer.
“Eternals” is part of the Phase 4 expansion for Marvel Studios. “Black Widow” is scheduled to release in May 2020, and The “Eternals” is releasing that same year in November. The following year, 2021, Marvel will release “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” in February, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” in May, and “Thor: Love and Thunder” in November. Disney confirmed at D23 that “Black Panther 2” will release in theaters on May 6, 2022.
In the comics, the Eternals were created millions of years ago when aliens experiments on humans. Just like the superheroes found on Earth, they resemble humans, and they each have incredible powers. They often fight for the good side, living in space in a secluded city far away. The Eternals frequently visit Earth in the comics, and sometimes a few of the Eternals have lived among us through the stages of humanity. In the comics, many of the gods and deities from Earth’s early civilizations were actually the Eternals. Even Thanos, in the comics, was an Eternal mixed with genes from the enemy called Deviants. Thanos and the Deviants both have purple skin and a tendency to be evil. The Eternals aren’t the same as the Celestials, which have already appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Celestials are some of the oldest beings in the comics, and they created the Eternals. In “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” we met Ego, played by Kurt Russel, who was a Celestial. In that movie, he changed his appearance to mate with beings across the Universe, hoping to create an offspring that shares his powers. Ego hoped to reshaped the Universe as he saw fit and create a perfect realm.
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