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When Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame rolled around, we had spent a substantial amount of time with the central heroes.

Captain America, Iron Man, and more had all earned multiple solo vehicles beforehand so it was easy for the Russo brothers to focus on the narrative at hand. However, Eternals was given the monumental task of introducing a wealth of characters we haven’t met before.

Even with a 157-minute runtime, that’s no easy task. Nevertheless, the team delivered an honourable attempt to invest us in this new ensemble.

However, one of the most exciting additions arguably occurs off-screen courtesy of a second post-credits scene.

So, who is the voice at the end of Eternals?

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR ETERNALS

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Who is the voice at the end of Eternals?

The voice heard off-screen in the final Eternals post-credits scene belongs to Blade (played by Mahershala Ali).

Although we’re yet to see him in the flesh, that officially serves as the vampire hunter’s induction into the MCU, at long last.

You may be thinking “wait, how do you know it was Blade? We only heard a voice.”

Well, the identity of the speaker has been confirmed by the film’s director, Chloé Zhao. While in conversation with Fandom, the interviewer asked if it was Blade speaking to Dane Whitman (played by Kit Harington) and she replied:

“That was the voice of one of my favorite superheroes, Mr. Blade himself. Blade, Blade, Blade, yeah!”

Kit has since revealed that he didn’t actually know that the iconic character’s introduction would be in a scene with just him. During an interview, he explained: “It’s really cool. [Chloé] texted me about that a couple of weeks ago and it sort of blew my mind. I didn’t know that that would be the case, so it’s pretty exciting for me.”

The post-credits sequence itself poses some huge questions for Dane too, so what was it all about?

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Eternals: Second post-credits scene explained

At the end of the film, Dane tells Sersi (Gemma Chan) that his family history is rather complicated. However, before he’s able to elaborate we see Sersi abducted into the sky by Arishem as she’s told the Eternals will pay the consequences for their actions.

It’s only in the last end-credits scene that we understand just how special Dane actually is.

We see him in a classroom approaching a box that contains a mysterious and ancient sword. As he goes in to touch it, it seems to react to his presence, calling out to him. As he contemplates picking it up, we then hear Blade ask “are you sure you’re ready for that, Mr. Whitman?” It turns out that Dane is destined to be a superhero himself: The Black Knight.

Looking back on Dane’s history in the comics, he’s the third person to take up the mantle, hence why he said that his family history is complicated. The first Black Knight was Sir Percy, who was cursed by a sword made from a meteorite called the Ebony Blade.

The weapon was passed down the family tree to Nathan Garrett who became a villain before eventually handing over the blade to Dane, his nephew.

Dane’s version of Black Knight would be cemented in a 1967 installment of The Avengers comics.

When is the new Blade movie release date?

If you hadn’t already guessed or heard, we’re finally going to get a new Blade movie.

Judging from his voice being at the end of Eternals, we could see Blade begin to train Dane in the long-awaited solo venture. Or, alternatively, we could see Blade drop in for a potential Black Knight film or Disney+ series.

Either way, it’s likely that we’ll see Kit and Mahershala share the screen down the line.

The forthcoming Blade movie is scheduled to commence filming in July 2022. Although a release date is yet to be confirmed, Marvel Studios has two unassigned release dates for 2023 – July 28th and November 3rd – so it could land one of those if production begins on time.

Eternals is now showing in cinemas.

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