Game of Thrones veteran Kit Harington is reportedly making a deal to star in a Marvel Cinematic Universe project. Nowadays, it's less a question of if a big name actor will appear in the MCU and more a matter of when they will. Those who've signed on to play MCU roles over the last few years alone range from Oscar-winner Brie Larson (who made her debut as Carol Danvers in March's Captain Marvel) to fellow Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett and seasoned stars like Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, and Ben Mendelsohn.
Phase 4 of the MCU will officially kick off in 2020 and introduce names like Oscar-winners Rachel Weisz and Angelina Jolie to the franchise, along with celebrated actors like Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Florence Pugh, and Richard Madden. And speaking of Game of Thrones alumni - it seems another member of the Stark family will soon be making their way to the MCU, along with Madden (who played Robb Stark on HBO's hit fantasy drama).
Deadline is reporting that Harington is working on a deal to join the MCU. The site indicates he will appear in an upcoming film, but it's also possible he's in negotiations to star in one of the MCU shows being developed for the Disney Plus streaming service (given his history of working in television).
Marvel Studios announced the main casts for its first two Phase 4 films (Black Widow and Eternals) at San Diego Comic-Con in July, but this doesn't rule out the possibility that Harington is circling a smaller role in one of those movies (perhaps one that would lead to him playing a larger part in a future project). The studio has further begun casting for the three Phase 4 releases scheduled for 2021 (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love & Thunder), so he could alternatively be circling a key role in any one of those. And while they haven't really started casting for Phase 5 just yet, there's still a chance they're looking at Harington for a major role in a 2022 or 2023 movie (with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 being one such candidate).
Meanwhile, on the TV side, Marvel is developing a handful of Phase 4 series for Disney Plus and plans to space them out over the next couple years (after the streamer launches on November 12). Of the five choices in that area, only What If?... seems like the obvious pick to rule out, given that it focuses on exploring alternate reality scenarios featuring established MCU characters. But again, Deadline's source believe the project is a film anyway - and after eight years of knowing nothing and wandering around Westeros, Harington might be looking to take a break from television for a while anyway. Either way, with this year's D23 fully underway, the answer to this riddle could be arriving very soon (maybe even an hour, after the Disney Plus D23 presentation begins).
- Black Widow (2020) release date: May 01, 2020
- Eternals (2020) release date: Nov 06, 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) release date: Feb 12, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) release date: May 07, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) release date: Nov 05, 2021