After Deadline exclusively reported that Kit Harington would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was revealed at D23 Expo that he will be joining the cast for the upcoming Marvel Studios film The Eternals.
The premise behind The Eternals in the comics is as follows:
When the Celestials visited Earth five million years ago and performed genetic experiments on early proto-humanity, they created two divergent races: the long-lived Eternals, and the genetically unstable and monstrously grotesque Deviants. These experiments also led to the capacity for super-powered mutations in humans. They also performed this experiment on other planets (such as the Kree and Skrull homeworlds) with similar results.
Despite looking human, Eternals are much more long-lived and that kept them from having much contact with their human cousins. Eternals have a low birth rate; they can interbreed with humans but the result is always a normal human. Despite this, the Eternals have in general protected the human race, especially from the Deviants, with whom they’ve always had an enmity. The Eternals also developed advanced technology.
Kit Harington (whose credits include Game of Thrones and Pompeii) will be playing the role of Dane Whitman aka Black Knight, who is a former villain of the mystical Ebony Blade and has a history with Sersi, who is confirmed also at the panel today to be played by Gemma Chan. After inheriting a family castle, Dane Whitman discovers that his uncle’s villainous past, gaining a powerful and cursed sword, and sets him off on a journey that takes him on some fantasy-fuelled adventures through time, space and realities.
The two latest additions will join a cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh and Don Lee.
The Eternals is scheduled for cinematic release on the 6th November 2020.