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Avengers: war in the infinite featured the biggest cast of superheroes we've ever seen, with the Earth's most powerful heroes and the Guardians of the Galaxy all over the screen.
And Avengers: End of the game promises to bring even more familiar faces of Marvel Cinematic Universe such as Valkyrie and The Ancient One, as well as newcomer Brie Larson Captain Marvel. Assuming all the sprinkled characters come back, this represents an incredible number of spandex warriors.
But if we believe a new theory, another classic (little known) Avengers could also debut: The Black Knight.
(Not to be confused with Knight of the moon.)
What is the proof?
Marvel Comics recently announced a series of Reprints True Believers & # 39; old comics arriving in April and clearly linked to End of Game. Links to War of Infinity/End of Game history are evident in some-Avengers # 260 features the first appearance of the nebula, and New Avengers No. 30 reveals that Hawkeye has returned under his new identity as Ronin.
Two are "classified", probably because they could give too much about End of Gamebut a comic in particular had people scratching their heads. Avengers No. 343 was the beginning of a story called "The Gatherers Saga", a story of alternative reality heroes united by a mysterious figure called the Proctor.
It was centered on a love triangle between Black Knight and his teammates Crystal (an inhuman princess) and Sersi (who should play in the next Marvel movie Eternals movie).
"The Gatherers" has no obvious connection to everything we know about End of Game, but Black Knight reappears in the reprint of Avengers # 71 aka & # 39; Endgame! & # 39; The story implies that the team split into small groups and sent in time for a mission of the evil Kang.
You eventually saved them – you guessed it – the Black Knight, who then joined the team for the first time. Outside the name of the story, and a nod to the suspect plot of time travelthere is no immediate connection with anything we know End of Game. But there is Black Knight again.
There have been other rumors about the character coming to the MCU that, although not particularly plausible by themselves, could be considered to support this theory. One report states that Black Knight will appear in the miniature quantum realm (although the way this is supposed to work is unclear).
We know that his sword, the ebony blade, was supposed to appear as an Easter egg Strange doctor. An accessory was created for this purpose but, according to the props master of the film, Barry Gibbs, "removed from the script". Could this indicate that Marvel decided that the ebony blade could not be in his hands because it had to be found elsewhere later? Did they try to avoid another Infinite Gauntlet situation?
Or are these Black Knight hints just a coincidence or a red herring?
Who is the black knight?
The physicist and inventor Dane Whitman is a long-time Marvel character, first introduced in 1967. Avengers # 47. He is actually the second Black Knight, following his uncle, Nathan Garrett, a nasty Iron Man who, on his deathbed, asked Dane to buy back the name of their family.
The line of the Black Knights was made up of the descendants of Sir Percy of Scandia, who lived in the time of King Arthur, and the heirs of his ebony blade.
The ebony blade is an indestructible magic weapon that can cut through everything and protect its owner from mystical attacks. Oh, and did we mention that it's also cursed, thanks to the amount of blood that Sir Percy poured with it? The curse has various effects, mainly to make the user crazy progressively. Yet, that can cut in any matter, so what's a little crazy between friends?
Dane rides a genetically modified flying horse called Aragorn, endowed with "increased intelligence". No inconvenience / curse here, as far as we can tell.
Black Knight has been a member of the Avengers, Defenders, Mercenaries Heroes for Hire and the magical UK MI-13 intelligence agency, among others. He also lifted and inherited once or twice the spell of the Ebony Blade and sometimes traded the blade against various magical weapons (including Excalibur at one time) and even a "photon sword" (essentially a sword) laser) that he himself invented.
When it shows up in the MCU unit, we expect the story to focus more on its tortured history and curse than on its links to everything related to King Arthur – well that, given the mystery that surrounds it. Phase 4 and beyond that, it could change.
Avengers: End of the game will be released April 26 in the United States.