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Thanks to Chloé Zhao’s Eternals, we can now welcome one of the most beloved Marvel characters — on the big screen and in comics — to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
**Spoilers ahead for the post-credit scene to Eternals**
The latest MCU blockbuster, now in theaters, uses its second end-credits scene to formally bring Mahershala Ali’s Blade into Phase Four, albeit with just a voice cameo. (Hey, we’ll take it). In a recent interview with Zhao, Fandom confirmed with the Eternals director that the voice we hear talking to Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman during the movie’s very last scene is Marvel’s vampire hunter.
“That was the voice of one of my favorite superheroes, Mr. Blade himself. Blade, Blade, Blade, yeah!” Zhao told Fandom.
Here’s how it all plays out: After the end credits roll, we find Dane looking at a case that bears his family crest. Inside the case, is the Ebony Blade sword — a sword that comics fans know will help turn Dane into the Black Knight. As Dane opens the case and translates the inscription on the inside of it which reads, “Death is my reward,” he stares intently at the sword — which ripples with an almost liquid metal-esque current. As he finds the courage to touch the strange weapon, and tells himself “I’m sorry, I have to try,” an off-camera voice interrupts him with the words: “Sure you’re ready for that, Mr. Whitman?”
Snap to black.
Two-time Oscar winner Ali was announced as Marvel’s new Blade all the way back at Comic-Con 2019, with the film set to be directed by Bassam Tariq from a script by Stacy Osei-Kuffour. Wesley Snipes previously played the half-human, half-vampire anti-hero in three Blade movies before the MCU was a thing from 1998 to 2004.
No one from Marvel is saying much about what this means for Blade’s solo film, or why they opted to introduce him in this manner, but Zhao did tease to Fandom: “You just have to wait for it. I don’t know what they’re doing with the movie, but Mahershala is a treasure. It’s going to be epic.” Could this mean Harington might return in that eventual Blade solo movie? Only time will tell.
Ali’s Blade is rumored to slash into theaters Fall 2022, while Eternals is playing everywhere now.