The latest rumors suggest that Marvel Comics’ Black Knight could join the ever-growing cast of Avengers: Endgame. While fans expect to see the return of heroes who’d turned to dust like Spider-Man and Black Panther, it sounds like directors Joe and Anthony Russo will introduce new heroes for Phase Four and beyond.
In April, Marvel Comics will release a whole host of “True Believers” one-shots – reprints of classic comic issues. Not much of a surprise, they’re all focused upon characters who are important to Avengers: Endgame. There are reprints dedicated to Ronin, Thanos, Nebula, and Thor’s new weapon Stormbreaker. Two of these “True Believers” comics would evidently spoil a little too much, so Marvel’s marked them as “classified” and promised to reveal the truth later on.
One reprint, Avengers #71, is an issue with a story called “Endgame!” The other is a reprint of Avengers #343, which kicked off a four-part story called “The Gatherer’s Saga.” Both feature a Marvel hero in a major role – Dane Whitman, aka the Black Knight. A classic Marvel hero, Whitman inherits the Ebony Blade – an enchanted sword steeped with a lust for blood. Where other owners of the Ebony Blade were happy to satisfy its deadly desires, Whitman refuses to indulge it. The Black Night instead fights as a hero… and an Avenger.
This isn’t the first time Black Knight’s name has been mentioned lately. Last year there was a hint that Black Knight’s introduction could have something to do with the Quantum Realm, which is playing out to be a major part in Avengers: Endgame. Aside from this, Doctor Strange was supposed to include a Black Knight Easter egg.
In the past, movies like Logan and Captain America: Civil War had been timed to coincide with comic book events, while last year’s summer event was unsurprisingly called “Infinity Wars.” Although it’s all speculation at the moment, if Black Knight does manage to squeeze in an Endgame cameo, it’s unlikely that he’ll get his own movie in Phase Four.
The two Classified reprints could contain Avengers: Endgame spoilers, which is more than likely why they have not been unveiled at this time. On the other hand, it could all just be some pretty clever marketing by Marvel Comics. Regardless, it certainly looks like Marvel Studios is making moves to set up the Black Knight somewhere inside the MCU.