"Black Knight #1" first look
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Marvel Comics has announced a new April round of its "True Believers" reprint series . While the publisher did not outright say the reprints they chose relate directly to Avengers: Endgame, they are chosen to be in stores in conjunction with the film.

Some of the stories included - like the reveal of Clint Barton as Ronin, the defeat of Thanos, and the origin of Thor's weapon Stormbreaker are easily tied to elements of the upcoming film. But a pair of stories in the bunch stood out - Avengers #71 and Avengers #343.

Avengers #71 could relate to a few aspects of Endgame. The most obvious connection is the story's title - "Endgame!" - which could be as deep as the connection between the issue and the film goes, though that seems unlikely. But there's more - Avengers #71 features Black Knight joining the team.

Could the MCU debut of the Black Knight be one of the "many, many, many, many secrets " in Endgame that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently referred to?

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Dane Whitman, the heroic Black Knight, is actually the second Avengers-related character to bear that name - the first modern Black Knight, Nathan Garrett, was also one of the first members of the Masters of Evil and debuted as an Ant-Man villain (more on that later).

In comics, both Garrett and Whitman are decendents of Sir Percy of Scandia, the original Medieval Black Knight. Both were also wielders of the Ebony Blade - a cursed sword that possesses great power but also demands blood for its wielder's bad deeds (fun fact: the Ebony Blade was once wielded by Valkyrie, who also shares the flying horse Aragorn with Whitman). 

Adding to the intrigue, Avengers #343 also features Black Knight, centering on the hero fighting the evil Swordsman at Four Freedoms Plaza (the home of the Fantastic Four).

Does this mean Dane Whitman/the Black Knight is due for an MCU debut? Not necessarily - again, there could be other elements of those issues that make them relevant to the events of Avengers: Endgame. But there is one other factor.

On December 30, MCU Cosmic's Jeremy Conrad tweeted an unattributed report that Marvel Studios has plans in place to introduce the Black Knight, along with a close up still from Ant-Man and the Wasp of what appears to be a microscopic city somewhere in the Quantum Realm.

Remember how we wrote the original Black Knight was an Ant-Man villain?

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Could the Quantum Realm hold the key to introducing Black Knight and the Ebony Blade to the MCU - perhaps as soon as Avengers: Endgame?

Last time Dane Whitman showed up in comics, he was dwelling in Weirdworld, a strange fantasy dimension connected to the mainstream Marvel Universe - meaning there's even comic book precedent for Black Knight as a stranger from a strange land. 

There's also the matter of the two classified "True Believers" Endgame tie-ins. Something is so secret in those comic books it could potentially spoil the film - so we don't think we're off base guessing that there could be real clues hidden in the chosen titles.

Avengers: Endgame premieres in theaters April 26.

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