A Year Before Eternals Casting, Kit Harington Met With Marvel

Kevin Feige met with Kit Harington a year before he was cast in Eternals because Marvel was so keen on working with him.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand on both television and the big screen, and Chloé Zhao’s Eternals is the newest project to emerge from the enormous franchise.

The film, which is set to hit theatres next week, follows the titular group of cosmic creatures both in the past and present when they first arrived on Earth. The Eternals have spent thousands of years living in the shadows, tasked with defending humanity from the Deviants.

Kit Harington Met With Marvel

Eternals features a strong ensemble that includes Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, among others. The majority of the actors are playing members of the titular team, however, Harington is one of the story’s few human characters.

He portrays Dane Whitman, who, as Marvel Comics fans will know, goes on to become the hero Black Knight. In Eternals, Dane isn’t quite there yet, but it certainly appears like Marvel has big plans for him. This is Harington’s most significant role since leaving Game of Thrones, where he played Jon Snow for eight seasons.

Harington talked about how he got his Eternals part in a recent interview with The Playlist. While some performers aren’t approached until a project is announced, he said that he talked with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige well before the release of Eternals. Marvel obviously wanted to do business with the former King of the North.

Marvel would be interested in casting

Almost every casting announcement in the MCU generates excitement at this point, but Harington’s return in 2019 was undoubtedly one of the most awaited of the year.

After becoming a major fantasy hero with Game of Thrones, it’s natural that Marvel would be interested in casting him in a part, and there’s a lot of curiosity in seeing how he fits into the expansive universe. Dane/Black Knight has only been seen a few times in the Eternals marketing, thus there’s a lot of mystery around his story. Harington is unsure of what the future holds for him and Dane, but Eternals feels like only the beginning.

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