By Stephen Ippolito | May 12th, 2022
Last week, it was revealed that Moon Knight almost included a cameo by Eternals‘ Kingo (played by Kumail Nanjiani). Now according to the show’s writer, the Disney+ series almost had another known Eternals character appear.
During an interview with ComicBook.com, Moon Knight head writer Jeremy Slater said that Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman was almost cast in the series.
“We talked about Dane Whitman a little bit just because he works in a history museum and that could be a natural interaction. My feeling was if we got Kit Harington to show up and he doesn’t suit up and he doesn’t kick ass, as a fan I’m pissed off.”
Judging from Slater’s comments, it sounds like Harington’s role would have been bigger than just a cameo. If they wanted him to interact with Oscar Isaac’s Steven Grant while he was working at the history museum, then it’s likely it would have been during the first two episodes.
Later on in the same interview, Slater added that if Harington’s Whitman did appear, he wanted him to turn into the Black Knight. This was ultimately why plans to include him were scrapped.
“If I see him show up I want to see him go full Black Knight. Just seeing an interaction where he walks past and goes ‘Oh hey Steven,’ who responds ‘Oh, hey Professor Whitman!’ It felt like that would be a waste of the money it would cost Kit Harington in there.” Slater said. “There was no space in those first two episodes to have him suit up and play Black Knight in the storyline, so we ultimately decided that it didn’t make sense to make this connection. But it was something we definitely talked about a couple days in the room.”
Slater is correct in saying that there was no room for him to go “full Black Knight”. If he did, than it would have felt forced and out of place.
Personally, I think a more appropriate place for Whitman would have been in the finale’s mid or post-credits scene. If you remember in the Eternals’ post-credit scene, Whitman is approached by Mahershala Ali’s Blade. This led to fans thinking that Marvel Studios was slowly creating a Midnight Sons team. Since Moon Knight is also part of that group in the comics, it would have made sense to see Whitman or Blade approach Isaac’s Grant/Spector.
It’s currently unknown where we will see Harington next in the MCU. There has been speculation that it could be in the upcoming Blade movie, which begins filming this summer, but nothing is confirmed. As for Moon Knight’s next appearance, it’s also not known.