The latest rumors suggest that Marvel Comics' Black Knight could join the ever-growing cast of Avengers: Endgame. While fans expect to see the return of deceased heroes like Spider-Man and Black Panther alongside the original Avengers, like Iron Man and Captain America, it sounds like directors Joe and Anthony Russo will introduce new heroes for Phase Four and beyond.
There have been various heroes and villains to take the mantle of Black Knight over the years, but the most logical inclusion for an Avengers movie would be the Dane Whitman iteration of the character. Introduced in 1967's The Avengers #47, Whitman inherited a mystical sword and took the name of the Black Knight to restore honor to his family.
Screen Rant thinks the latest Marvel solicitations point to Black Knight's role in Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Comic's April solicitations include Endgame tie-ins with its "True Believers" reprints. These one-shot reprints will focus on important Endgame characters like Neubla, Thanos and Ronin. The "True Believers" series includes 1969's Avengers #71 (titled "Endgame") and 1992's Avengers #343. Both feature Whitman's Black Knight in a major role.
It's important to remember that this isn't the first time Black Knight's name has been mentioned. Only last year, there was a hint that Black Knight's introduction could have something to do with the Quantum Realm, which is also poised to play a big part in Avengers: Endgame. Aside from this, Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange was supposed to include a Black Knight Easter egg, and Guy Ritchie was at one point rumored to be working on a Captain Britain movie that would feature Black Knight as a secondary character.
In the past, movies like Logan and Captain America: Civil War have been timed to coincide with comic book events, while last year's summer event was unsurprisingly called "Infinity Wars." It's all speculation at the moment, and even if Black Knight does squeeze in an Endgame cameo, it doesn't mean he'll get his own movie in Phase Four.
With the MCU already looking at the possible introduction of the Young Avengers for their own outing and persistent reports that an older Cassie Lang will appear as Stature, Avengers: Endgame's roster of heroes is already pretty full. Even if Black Knight isn't coming to screens on April 26, it sounds like Kevin Feige has a plan for him somewhere down the line. Fans will just have to wait and see if he joins the supersized ensemble that is Avengers: Endgame. Thankfully, there isn't long to wait.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives April 26.