Marvel Confirms Kit Harington for 'Eternals,' Sets 'Black Panther II' Date
Marvel Studios on Saturday kicked off its D23 presentation with some news. After some playful banter in which Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tried to cajole Black Panther filmmaker Ryan Coogler into revealing the title or the first act for Black Panther II (working title), the writer-director revealed the sequel will open May 6, 2022.
Feige also revealed that Kit Harington, who played Jon Snow for eight seasons on Game of Thrones, has joined The Eternals. Harington will play Dane Whitman, who in the comics is the superhero Black Knight. Harington is Emmy-nominated in the category of outstanding lead actor for the final season of Thrones, which wrapped in May, and his former Thrones co-star Richard Madden is among the cast of Eternals.
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Feige brought out the cast of Eternals, with Angelina Jolie getting a standing ovation. Feige confirmed Gemma Chan was joining the cast as Sersi. Chan appeared in the MCU earlier this year in Captain Marvel as the Kree warrior Minn-Erva.
Feige showed off a brief message from the cast of Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson. The prequel is from director Cate Shortland and is set to bow May 1, 2020.
New footage, which has not been released online, had a vibe of Captain America: Winter Soldier meets Mission: Impossible — but with its lead characters taking plenty of shots of vodka. The footage opened with an extended fight scene between Natasha (Johansson) and Florence Pugh, who is revealed to be Natasha's sister. After the fight — which appears to be to the death — they make up and have a drink.
D23 comes one month after Feige unveiled Marvel's ambitious post-Avengers: Endgame slate at San Diego Comic-Con.
After Black Widow, Marvel will pivot to Disney+, with Falcon & Winter Soldier, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, serving as its first show on the streaming series. It is set to bow in fall 2020, and will be followed by Eternals (Nov. 6, 2020), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Feb. 12, 2021), WandaVision (Disney+, spring 2021), Loki (Disney+, spring 2021), Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (May 7, 2021), What If…? (Disney+, summer 2021), Hawkeye (Disney+, fall 2021) and Thor: Love and Thunder (Nov. 5, 2021).
Feige on Friday also announced three new Disney+ shows at D23: Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight.
by Lesley Goldberg