For a while there has been some chatter among people regarding Black Knight possibly showing up at some point in the future of the MCU, and I did tease this myself on Twitter recently. But today Marvel dropped an interesting clue that it could possibly be happening sooner than people expected.
Around the time of a movie release, Marvel releases “True Believer” comic reprints. These are $1 one-shot comics from a major story line or event that has some sort of connection to whatever movie is out at the time. The recently did this for Venom, for example, even though that’s not a MCU movie. It helps people unfamiliar with the characters have an affordable way to find their comic origins, and it seems to work pretty well.
In April, for the release of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel is naturally releasing some “True Believer” reprints. There are the standard ones you’d expect such as Ronin and Thanos & Gamora, but there’s an unexpected one that really stands out with all of the rumors about time travel in Avengers: Endgame and Black Knight.
Marvel is issuing a reprint of the first issue of The Gatherers Saga. This is a short event that began in Avengers #343 in 1991 where the basic concept was that Avengers from alternate timelines are brought together, and Black Knight is involved.
For a while there have been rumors of Dane Whitman popping up in the MCU. Specifically connected to the Quantum Realm:
The rumor is that city can hold a lot of different characters, and there’s a rumor that Black Knight could be one of them. Introducing him that way via being stuck in the Quantum Realm could then open the doors for other, even bigger, characters making their appearance after living in that Quantum Realm city for some time.
There are a lot of time travel rumors surrounding Avengers: Endgame. Ant-Man and The Wasp wanted to make sure everyone knew there are Time Vortexes in the Quantum Realm. And then there are the rumors of Black Knight popping up in the MCU. Releasing a True Believer reprint of The Gatherers Saga in time for the release of Avengers: Endgame could be nothing, or it could be a clue as to where some of the inspiration for the plot comes from.