The Eternals end credits scene sees Dane Whitman, aka Black Knight, find the Ebon Blade, establishing his future as the dark mirror of the MCU’s Thor.
Dane Whitman discovers the ebony blade in Eternals‘ end-credits scene, setting up an arc that positions him as an evil mirror of the MCU’s Thor. Dane (Kit Harington) has a relatively small role in Eternals, serving as a romantic interest for Sersi but not just as a character with great powers – yet. It’s clear from the movie, however, that Dane has a big MCU future, which Eternals The post-credits scene in particular plays a major role in.
the EternalsThe post-credits scene with Dane should define his future in several key ways. There’s, of course, the voice of Blade (Mahershala Ali), wondering if he’s ready for the Ebony Blade and setting up a possible team up between the two. There’s the mention of Dane’s uncle, something referenced a few times throughout the film, which further establishes his family line as important. And there’s the Ebon Blade itself, connected to the two yet most crucial in its own right, which can cement Dane’s future as the Black Knight.
The Ebon Blade is an ancient mythical sword, and it is with this that Dane’s bow will serve as a dark mirror to Thor’s. The Ebony Blade is essentially the anti-Mjolnir; where the latter seeks dignity, the former rewards those with the most impure heart. The Ebony Blade amplifies a person’s worst characteristics, feeding on their most evil parts and negative thoughts, allowing both the blade and its user to grow stronger. This pushes them further down this path, leading to a lust for violence and bloodshed. In Marvel Comics, it was fate that befell Dane’s uncle, Nathan Garrett, who held the role of Black Knight before him, and it’s something Dane of the comics has also succumbed to on occasion. For the MCU, then, that means Dane’s journey will be to disprove his “worth” of wielding the sword, flipping how Thor was meant to prove himself worthy of Mjolnir.
Just like how Mjolnir is enchanted by Odin, who cast this “Whoever wields this hammer, if worthy, will possess the power of Thor,” the ebony blade bears a curse, like Eternals‘ The post-credits scene clearly states: “Death is my reward.” Thor’s journey in the MCU has shown how even the idea of dignity was something of a curse for him, a nearly impossible standard to live up to, and part of his greatest triumphs and failures. The same test will also hold true for Dane, as he assumes the role of Black Knight and shows whether he is pure or will yield to the demands of the sword.
Throughout the MCU, Mjolnir has been positioned as one of the most powerful weapons in existence, and in particular a conduit for Thor’s powers as the God of Thunder. The same could be said for the Ebony Blade, which is incredibly strong on its own – it’s nearly indestructible, can cut through almost any material, deflects magic attacks, and makes the wielder nearly invulnerable. Thor’s arc finally saw him prove his worth and might even without the hammer; Dane’s story after EternalsThe credits will presumably see him do something similar but in reverse, proving that he can use the Ebon Blade even despite its caustic, caustic influence, but not without some dark, even diabolical turns in the process. road.
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