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Endgame Theory: Black Knight Is Key To Doctor Strange's Plan

For the past few months, rumors have been swirling that Black Knight will make his live-action debut in Avengers: Endgame. Though there is of course no proof that the classic Avenger will even be mentioned, Marvel's marketing has been hinting as Black Knight's inclusion in Avengers: Endgame later this year.

The most popular version of the Black Knight is the third character to carry the mantle, an American by the name of Dane Whitman. Introduced in Avengers #47 in 1967, Dane Whitman is the nephew of the second Black Knight, an Iron Man villain. Dane sought to redeem his uncle's legacy and became a superhero. As the latest in a long line of Black Knights, Dane is the protector of the Ebony Blade, a powerful cursed sword that chips away at his soul every time he uses it. Dane has spent his superhero career protecting it from others, while also struggling to protect it from himself.

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Over the years, Dane has developed a reputation as a valued member of the Avengers, and even served as the leader of the team during the early 1990s. Along with Hercules, Wonder Man, She-Hulk, and Photon (Monica Rambeau), Black Knight is one of the few remaining key Avengers who have yet to appear in the MCU - but that may change soon enough.

Black Knight May Be In Avengers: Endgame

Black Knight in Marvel

Back in September, a rumor was going around that Marvel was working on a Captain Britain and the Black Knight film, with Guy Ritchie at the helm. While that rumor has remained unsubstantiated, it has cropped up again in recent weeks, thus suggesting that there could be at least some validity to it.

Marvel Comics added to the suspicions about Black Knight with its list of comic book reprints set to be released in April. Under the "True Believers" line, Marvel will reprint several classic comic books that line up perfectly with Avengers: Endgame. Most are connected to Thanos in one way or another; three of them, however, stand out from the rest: Avengers #71, Avengers #260, and Avengers #341. An interesting connection that they all share is that Black Knight is a member of the main Avengers team in each comic. It's also worth mentioning that Hasbro released a Marvel Legends Black Knight figure in its Avengers: Infinity War line. A Black Knight action figure isn't an indication of anything, but, combined with other marketing for Avengers: Endgame, it could add more evidence to the claim that the Avenger is about to be introduced into the MCU.

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Due to a lack of actors with unconfirmed roles in Avengers: Endgame, it may seem unlikely to some that there's a place in the movie for Black Knight. It shouldn't be forgotten that Marvel carefully hid Red Skull's role in Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel could pull off something similar with Black Knight, or to avoid leaks, an actor doesn't even have to be cast. Like the Red Skull, Black Knight can be created using CGI, particularly since the character is usually decked out in full armor. As for his voice, a prominent actor could be hired to play the part at a later point, or perhaps even a member of the cast, like Benedict Cumberbatch, could lend his voice to the character until an actor is properly cast in the role.

Black Knight Has Connections to Doctor Strange In The Comics

Though Dane Whitman's deep ties to the Avengers on its own is enough to justify a role in Avengers: Endgame, he's also strongly connected to another important player in the fight against Thanos: Doctor Strange. Even though Doctor Strange is currently dead, his Endgame plan is integral to repairing the MCU.

Black Knight was a recurring character in the pages of Doctor Strange during the 1970s and 1980s. The mystical nature of the Ebony Blade caused the two to cross paths in several adventures. Some of these stories involved time travel. Doctor Strange assisted Black Knight when the latter was trapped in the body of his ancestor in Arthurian times. In another encounter, Doctor Strange battled Black Knight at time when the curse of Ebony Blade was starting to corrupt him. It was Doctor Strange who helped him overcome the curse.

Related: Everything We Know About Doctor Strange's Role In Avengers: Endgame

The Ebony Blade was nearly included in the Doctor Strange movie, but it's possible Marvel cut the weapon from the film because they have another idea in mind for how they want to introduce Black Knight. It's unclear what Marvel will do with Dane Whitman if and when he comes to the big screen, but linking him with the Sorcerer Supreme is one way it could happen.

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Key Release Dates
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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