It’s hardly been a few days since the MCU released the “Eternals” trailer that already a myriad of exciting theories and Easter eggs are popping up. One of the key moments in the footage was everyone laughing at the thought of Richard Madden’s Ikaris becoming the new Avengers leader. Though it intended to be a joke, there is a possibility of a different character from the movie leading the team.
Lia McHugh’s Sprite caught everyone’s attention by stating how the Avengers could be in a crisis as “Captain Rogers” and Iron Man are gone. While all of us know that Captain America was in charge and Tony Stark only paid for the expensive gadgets, we can’t deny that both were leaders. Now that Cap, Iron Man and Black Widow are gone, there hasn’t been much clarity on the current team members’ status, let alone the leadership role. Though Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch, Falcon (New Captain America), War Machine, Smart Hulk are still associated with the original team, Phase 4 hasn’t thrown any light on it. Even the latest series on Disney +, “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” focused on their character arc rather than the Avengers.
When the Eternals were discussing this matter on the table, Ikaris interjected that he could take on the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes next. Hearing this, everyone immediately broke into laughter, suggesting that Ikaris being the leader was a farce. But that doesn’t close the doors on all the characters from the movie. There is a high possibility of “Eternals” setting up a new leader for the Avengers. The most probable name that comes to fans’ mind is Black Knight. This Marvel hero has served as a valuable team member and a leader in several Marvel issues.
Black Knight’s adventures throughout the comic books lend a plethora of storylines to the cinematic universe for inspiration. He was once the face of the team and a huge selling point by appearing on most of the comic book covers. Besides, considering that Black Knight was not an Eternal, this franchise could just be establishing him as a superhero. If he were to play a small role in the upcoming film, MCU wouldn’t have cast the “Game of Thrones” star, Kit Harington. He is obviously more than just a present-day love interest of Gemma Chan’s Sersi.
Perhaps, this is just where he starts, gets the Ebony Blade, and moves on to become something bigger in a future standalone, followed by “Avengers 5”. Black Knight may not possess superpowers, but his skills and brains make him equally formidable like the other heroes. It will be interesting to unravel what the MCU has planned for this character.