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Kit Harington's MCU Role Has Been Confirmed, But It's Not As Wolverine After All

It includes a Game of Thrones reunion.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed that Kit Harington will be joining the MCU, but not as Wolverine as fans previously thought. The Game of Thrones star will be playing Black Knight in the new MCU movie The Eternals.

The announcement was made at Disney’s D23 Expo 2019 where Feige teased what was coming for Phase 4 of the MCU, including confirming that Harington would be playing the character of Dane Whitman AKA Black Knight.

Harington didn’t appear at the expo with the rest of the movie’s cast, nor did he appear in the character concept art that was revealed on stage.

Dane Whitman was first introduced into the Marvel Comics in 1967 as the nephew of villain Black Knight who passed the mantle to Dane, asking him to restore honour to their legacy. He has joined forces with the Avengers and the Defenders in the past, so it’s unclear how he’ll fit into the Eternals.

Because he isn’t an Eternal, it could mean that the character will spin-off into other Marvel films and perhaps even join the Avengers for their next film.

Harington’s casting will reunite him with his Game of Thrones co-star Richard Madden who will star as Ikaris in the film.

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Fans have taken to Twitter to share their disappointment at the fact Harington won’t be playing Wolverine, following much speculation he would play the mutant.

The Eternals also stars Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek.

From the sounds of it, Harington is quite a recent addition as much of the cast didn’t even know he was in the movie.

Jolie spoke to ET about the news, saying, “I’m not so sure what we can say… I still think we’re seeing each other behind the scenes, like, ‘Did you hear…?’ I didn’t know Kit was in the film! It’s a whole thing. I’m thrilled, but I had no idea.”

She added that it felt empowering putting on the costume for her character Thena, “You get the outfit on and then you see your kids and the way they look at you like, ‘What are you doing?’ Then you get nicely brought back down to Earth, like, ‘You are so weird, mom!'”

If he is a recent addition it would make sense that it wasn’t announced at Comic-Con last month.

The movie is set for release in November 2020.

Kevin Feige Reveals Spider-Man Was Never Meant To Stay In The MCU Forever

"We told the story we wanted to tell."

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has revealed that Spider-Man was never meant to be part of the MCU forever.

In 2015, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios entered into an unprecedented deal to share the rights to Spider-Man. The deal meant that Spidey could finally appear in the MCU, and that Marvel would consult with Sony for two standalone movies starring Tom Holland.

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Holland first appeared in Captain America: Civil War after being cast the same year the deal was struck. Spider-Man has since appeared in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and the solo films Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. It’s also important to note that Far From Home was Sony’s biggest hit to date.

Earlier this week it was reported that negotiations between Marvel and Sony ended after Sony and Disney couldn’t agree on how to keep Marvel Studios involved in the films.

It’s been widely reported that Disney wanted a 50/50 split on the profits of future Spider-Man movies, however, Deadline is now reporting that Disney initially only asked for a 25 per cent stake. Sony apparently didn’t do anything with that for months, leading to Disney asking for the 50 per cent.

With the public outcry from fans about Spidey’s exit, it’s unknown if the first 25 per cent offer will be put back on the table to allow the character to stay in the MCU.

However, Feige is now claiming Marvel Studios told the story they wanted with Spidey and never saw the partnership as permanent.

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Entertainment Weekly chatted to Feige about how his reaction to the news and he told them, “I’m feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy.”

“We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”

While the deal was never meant to last forever, it had already been extended once before so we find it a little difficult to believe Feige’s last comments. Spider-Man was even included on the banners for the D23 expo – surely this wouldn’t have been the case if they knew the deal would break down as it did.

Spider-Man: Far From Home also seemed to set Peter Parker up for a bigger MCU story, not end it, so it’ll be very interesting to see how Sony works around that.

EW also spoke to Holland about Spider-Man’s future and he revealed he will continue to play the character and have “the time of my life”.

“Basically, we’ve made five great movies… It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”

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While promoting his new animated film Onward at the D23 expo, Holland also told the crowd, “Hey everyone, it’s been a crazy week but I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart that I love you 3000.”

Disney has previously fired James Gunn and then later re-hired him for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, so perhaps there’s a tiny chance of Sony and Marvel agreeing on another deal. That being said, it does sound like Feige has made his peace with not having Spidey in the MCU.

Avengers: Endgame Writers Reveal Tony Stark Wasn't Always Going To Be Killed Off

"We weren’t there to just kill characters off."

If you’re still heartbroken over the fact that Tony Stark was killed off in Avengers: Endgame, you might be a little annoyed to find out he wasn’t always going to die in the movie.

Anthony and Joe Russo had a mammoth task when it came to making Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame and creating a satisfying end to the 23-film Infinity Saga. Thankfully, they had writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely on their team.

Markus and McFeely succeeded in writing a pretty incredible ending to the saga (though we do have a few grievances), but it turns out Iron Man’s fate was never set in stone.

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Markus spoke to Canada.com to reveal he and McFeely had a lot of freedom with the characters.

“We weren’t there to just kill characters off. We were told, ‘If the story demands it, you can take people off the board. But if there’s a good story to be told and no one dies, go ahead and tell that one too.

“In Endgame, we were trying to finish arcs and for Iron Man/Tony Stark to give up his life and sacrifice himself for the good of the universe seemed like a really good narrative closure for the billionaire playboy who had been learning over the course of several films (to be a better person).”

I’ll be honest, it makes total sense, despite the fact that it was sad AF.

Robert Downey Jr’s contract with Marvel was set to come to an end with Endgame, but it was never the plan to kill him off. The writers were then given the freedom to create the perfect ending for him, which sadly meant killing him off.

What perhaps made the scene even more special was that it was the last one shot for the movie. The directors and writers were on set trying to make the scene as emotionally satisfying as possible.

The line, “I am Iron Man,” that Tony says while snapping Thanos and his army away was honestly pretty perfect.

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I wonder what Markus and McFeely might have planned for Tony had he not died at the end of the film. Would he have simply retired and lived out his days with Pepper Potts and their daughter Morgan Stark?

Guess we’ll never know…

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