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MCU's Newest Heroes

by Carlos Guerra 4 months ago in superheroes

A rundown on the most recently introduced characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

It's an amazing time to be a Marvel fan... Since the launch of Disney+, the MCU has been able to evolve into a source of storytelling the world has never seen before. Launching a variety of brand new shows that all tie into the projects released on the big screen, the studio can now introduce new characters at a faster rate than ever.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, fans were subjected to a year-long delay on all MCU projects. However, 2021 more than made up for that delay. MCU fans got 4 movies (Black Widow, Shang Chi, The Eternals, and Spider-Man: No Way Home) and 5 tv shows on Disney+ (What If, WandaVision, Falcon & The Winter Soldier, Loki, and Hawkeye). As good as last year was, we're even more excited about what's to come in the near future. Well... or should I say, who's to come. Here are 5 of the newest characters introduced into the MCU that I personally can't wait to see more of.

WARNING!!! There are spoilers to both The Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home up ahead. So, if you have yet to watch those movies, I would suggest you read on at your own discretion.

The Black Knight

The Black Knight made his Marvel Comics debut in 1967. A medieval-inspired character from the times of King Arthur, who wields a cursed blade. This blade is under what is known as the Blood Curse; a curse that causes the wielder to draw closer to madness every time they use the blade to draw blood. The Black Knight appeared in the Avengers comics, along with other titles such as Heroes For Hire and New Excalibur. While several individuals have taken the mantel of the Black Knight, Dane Whitman is the most experienced in the role. At first, a normal human lacking any powers, Whitman was an athletic individual with sword skills that allowed him to go toe to toe with famous heroes, such as Captain America. Later he develops powers in the mystic arts as well.

In The Eternals movie, we are introduced to Dane Whitman (played by Kit Harington), who is in a romantic relationship with Sersi. At the end of the film, Whitman is attempting to reveal to Sersi that she isn't the only one with family secrets. However, before he has the chance to finish what he is trying to say, Sersi is taken captive by the celestial Arishem, in order to explain her choice to stop the birth of the celestial Tiamut. Whitman is left alone, deciding in his mind what he is going to do in order to rescue his partner.

In the final post-credit scene, Whitman is in a room standing in front of a desk with a case in his possession. Compelled to open the case and learn what family secrets are inside, he discovers a sword. Not just any sword but the one and only Ebony Blade, a sword that was created with a meteorite and passed down his lineage. Whitman attempts to touch the sword but before he can actually pick it up, a voice speaks out to him asking if he's sure he is ready for what wielding that sword entails. At first, fans weren't sure who the voice belonged to. Later it was revealed that the answer to that question was one that would leave many people excited for the future... which leads us to our next entry.

Blade

This is the Marvel character that I am personally most excited to see. It's our favorite vampire-slaying daywalker, Blade. In the early 2000s, we got blessed with the original movie trilogy starring Wesley Snipes. Those movies were extremely bloody and, unlike the MCU, were aimed at a much older target audience. So you can imagine how shocked we were when Kevin Feige announced Marvel Studios' plan to reboot the vampire hunter within the MCU at San Diego's Comicon back in 2019.

With Alita Battle Angel's Mahershala Ali cast to be the new Blade, fans were instantly excited about the project. However, the project was one of the last to be announced and the only detail we were given was Ali playing the role. That was until we watched the final post-credit scene of the Eternals.

As I explained earlier, in that final post-credit scene we saw Dane Whitman about to pick up the Ebony Blade passed down in his family from generation to generation. However, before he does, a voice suddenly interrupts him, asking him if he is positive that he's ready for what comes with wielding the sword. That mysterious voice turned out to belong to, none other than, you guessed it.., Blade. Suggesting that whatever the future of these two characters may hold, their paths will certainly be intertwined.

The exciting thing about the introduction of Blade is the entire world that comes with him.., an "underworld" of blood-thirsty vampires. This also gives the MCU an opening to introduce other dark, edgy characters such as Ghost Rider and Elsa Bloodstone. Although the details of Blade's story in the MCU remain unknown, one thing that we know for sure is his debut will lead to Marvel movies that possess much darker tones than anything we've seen thus far.

Star Fox

While I'm sure readers of the comics might be familiar with the character Star Fox, casual MCU fans might not have known that Thanos has a brother. Thanos may have had Deviant genes in his DNA, however, he was still an Eternal like the rest of his people on Titan. We learned about what happened to his home planet in Infinity War and many just assumed that his people were met with a similar fate. At least that was until the other Eternals post-credit scene.

The remaining Eternals Thena, Druig, and Marrika, managed to avoid being taken by Arishem due to them departing from Earth in search of other Eternals. Upon receiving the news of Phastos, Kingo, and Sersi, being captured by Arishem, the three are brainstorming a plan on how to find and rescue their fellow teammates. Suddenly a portal opens up on their ship and a troll, known as Pip, stumbles out of it. He greets the trio and then goes on to announce the arrival of Thanos's brother Eros, also known as Star Fox (played by Harry Styles). Eros then makes his entrance into the ship through the same portal and greets his "fellow Eternals" whilst approaching them. Druig asks Eros his purpose for seeking them out, in which Eros responds by stating that he's heard about what happened to their other family members. He then informs them that he knows where they are and he's come to assist them with getting them back from Arishem.

Like the Eternals of Earth, Star Fox was also created by Arishem to carry out the emergence of Celestial beings throughout the cosmos. He too made the decision to renounce Arishems orders and fled his home planet Titan as a result. So when he caught wind of another group of Eternals who had also stood up to the Celestial, he decided to seek them out. Which is what brought him aboard the ship of Earth's Eternals. His powers grant him superhuman strength, speed, and durability, and like others of his kind, he also possesses eternal life.

Eros made his first appearance in the comic series The Invincible Iron-Man, in 1973. He has appeared in an abundance of storylines since then, including the famous Infinity Saga the MCU just finished with. After the Infinity War storyline, he becomes a primary factor in the Dark Guardians. He has also made appearances in several other series, such as The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Marvel Zombies.

Daredevil

Out of all of the Marvel shows that Netflix had produced, Daredevil was one of the two most well-received projects among fans. The other one was The Punisher, who was introduced in Daredevil's second season and played a major role throughout its plot. While we weren't all that sad to let go of Iron Fist and Luke Cage, fans were curious about whether or not Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock would ever make his way into the MCU. For a long time, any hope of this taking place was lost. Then movie theater audiences worldwide exploded with roaring excitement when they saw Charlie Cox's Daredevil make an appearance in the first act of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

When Parker finds himself in some legal trouble, he needs a lawyer to help him fight the charges faced against him. The lawyer he hires is, none other than Matt Murdock. Marvel's blind superhero and the devil of Hell's Kitchen. Peter is sitting with Murdock, reviewing his case when a rock comes crashing through the apartment window. Peter attempts to use his reflexes and catch the rock, however, before he gets the chance, Murdock beats him to it without even blinking (not that we could see if he had blinked through his favorite pair of sunglasses.) Peter is startled by Matt's quick reflexes but when he asks him how he did knew the rock was coming, Murdock simply replied by saying "I'm a really good lawyer."

Daredevil made his debut in the first issue of his own comic in 1964. He is a member of The Defenders and has also worked with The Avengers throughout several storylines. Similar to Spider-Man, he is more of a neighborhood superhero, Hell's Kitchen being his primary stomping grounds. His abilities came from a car accident in his childhood that caused him to go blind due to exposure of radioactive material. While it may have stripped him of his vision, the radioactive material heightened the remainder of his senses giving him extraordinary abilities.

It remains unclear if his appearance will mean that all of the Netflix Marvel heroes will be joining the MCU. Is it possible that Jon Bernthal's The Punisher will be making his MCU debut as well? Honestly, I personally would be more than satisfied if we only got those two because the rest of the Netflix Defenders weren't missed anywhere near as much.

Moon Knight

While he may be the only character on this list who has yet to be seen or heard in any official capacity, it's no secret that his MCU debut is right around the corner. Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac will be playing the role of Marc Spector, who becomes the Egyptian vigilante Moon Knight. A retired military veteran and CIA operative with multiple personality disorder, Spector receives his powers from the Egyptian moon god Khonshu after being left for dead.

Spector is an Olympic-level athlete and experienced combat strategist. He is proficient in several forms of hand-to-hand combat and is known for his ability to take a punch. He has a sky-high pain tolerance and can throw down with the best of them. Even Taskmaster, who can mimic any combat style has stated that he'd rather avoid a fight with Moon Knight in the comics, this is because of Spectors preference to take a punch as opposed to trying to dodge it. Spector is also kind of immortal, he has died several times throughout the comics and is revived by the Egyptian god Khonshu every time. While we are still waiting for Moon Knight's series to be released on Disney+, it's safe to say that he is going to have a major role to play in the future of the MCU.

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