The Ebony Blade is the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here are some facts about the mystic Ebony Blade that makes it the rightful successor to Mjolnir.
Forged By Merlin
The weapon known as the Ebony Blade was forged by the grand wizard merlin from the Starstone meteorite. He forged it with the power of the Pool of Blood, a mystical body of water that is connected to all life that ever was, is, or will be. After forging the blade from the meteorite, Merlin then cast a powerful magical spell that covered the blade with the crimson waters of the Pool of Blood. And thus the Ebony Blade came into existence. Enchanted by Merlin and powered by some of the most potent magical sources known to man, the Ebony Blade became a force to be reckoned with.
The Blade Was Part Of A Set Of Artifacts Created By Merlin
Sir Percy of Scandia helped Merlin not only create the Ebony Blade but also several other objects from the Starstone Meteorite. The Pool of Blood’s crimson waters were then used to power them. Apart from the sword, a chalice, a shield, and a staff were also forged via the same technique. Merlin gave Sir Percy, the first Black Knight, the choice to choose one of the four objects. He chose the sword. Merlin destroyed the chalice and the shield but the staff was later stolen by Mordred the Evil and repurposed into the Obsidian Dagger.
The First Black Knight’s Heroic Sacrifice
After Mordred uses the Obsidian Dagger to attack Camelot and wound King Arthur, it is up to the Black Knight and his Ebony Blade to exact revenge. Percy tracks down Mordred to a tapestry. He knows Mordred is hiding behind him and will stab him from his blind spot. He wantonly turns his back towards him to lure Mordred out so that he could kill him. Merlin shows Sir Percy a vision. If he kills Mordred, his soul becomes trapped within the Ebony Blade, corrupting the Black Knight bloodline and creating a dreaded dystopian future. So Sir Percy lets Mordred kill him to secure the sanctity of the future timeline.
There Are Many Ebony Blades
The Ebony Blade is such a powerful weapon that Marvel has given us several iterations of it just like Mjolnir. When Dane Whitman gave up the Ebony Blade, his ex-squire Sean Dolan took it out of the stone it was plunged in. He later became Bloodwraith. Dane later reclaimed the sword but an alternate reality Dane Whitman called the Proctor also had an Ebony Blade that Dolan later acquired to transform into Bloodwraith again. The third Ebony Blade was actually a clever copy created by Dracula using a Vampire Fang. It was so cleverly crafted that it even fooled Dane Whitman.
Used By Black Panther
The real Ebony Blade, the one that was not a forgery and not in the possession of Dane Whitman at the time, ended up in Iraq. The Vatican then secured the Ebony Blade after the Opus Dei found it while purging a nest of vampires in the Middle East. The Vatican then sent the Black Knight assassin – Augustine du Lac, to kill the Black Panther who had taken possession of the Ebony Blade then. Black Panther used the blade to fight in Secret Invasion and in many other battles.
It Comes With A Powerful Curse
The Ebony Blade does have a magical enchantment of its own just like Mjolnir. But it is more of a super potent curse. The curse makes the wielder of the Ebony Blade seek violence and bloodshed. the more blood it spills, the more bloodthirsty the wielder of the sword becomes. The weapon can have very negative and detrimental effects on the mental and physical well-being of the wielder of used too much. The curse literally corrupts the user from the inside out, making it more of a burden than a weapon.
Dane Whitman’s Bloodline Is Immune To The Curse Of The Ebony Blade
Merlin chose Sir Percy because of a very specific reason. His blood somehow made him immune to the curse the weapon bound its wielder with. many of Sir Percy’s descendants have used the Ebony Blade without any of its side effects. Sir Henry, Sir Raston, Eobar Garrington, and Sir William have all used the blade at one point of time in history. Dane Whitman is the latest in line to use the weapon. But he struggles at ties to keep the effects of the curse at bay. As a result, he has sometimes abandoned the sword in favor of other weapons.
The Only Thing It Cannot Cut Is Vibranium
despite its magical enhancements, the Ebony Blade is not infallible. There is one object the weapon can never cut through. In the Old Man Logan story arc, the Red Skull tried using the Ebony Blade to kill Wolverine. Wolverine quickly grabbed Captain America’s shield, which the sword could not cut. This confirmed that the mighty Ebony Blade was ineffective against Vibranium. Case in point, even the Mjolnir was not able to break the shield in The Avengers (2012) movie. There is also a theory that the Black Knight’s Ebony Blade in the MCU is made out of ancient Vibranium.