Kit Harington joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and it's a 'Game of Thrones' reunion

Kit Harington is giving up Westeros for the Marvel Cinematic Universe but he’s not ready to put down his sword.

Disney announced at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., that the actor, who portrayed Jon Snow on Game of Thrones from 2011 to 2019, has officially joined the MCU. Harrington will appear in 2020’s The Eternals, alongside Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani. The film will also reunite him with his GoT brother Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that Harington would be playing the role of Dane Whitman, a non-Eternal, in the upcoming film, due out Nov. 6, 2020. Comic fans know that Whitman becomes the sword-slinging superhero known as Black Knight.

The movie is based on a series of comic books of the same name first published in 1976. They follow a group of immortal beings who spent time among humans, influencing their civilizations.

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Actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie react as they leave after their wedding ceremony, at Rayne Church, Kirkton of Rayne in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Saturday June 23, 2018. Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kiet Harington and Rose Leslie married near the bride's family castle in Scotland. The couple and guests arrived at Rayne Church, close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle in northeast Scotland, which is owned by Leslie’s family. Harington, wearing a morning suit, and Leslie, in a flowing ivory gown, smiled at members of the public who had gathered outside the church. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JUNE 23: Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie departing Rayne Church in Kirkton on Rayne after their wedding on June 23, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Mark R. Milan/GC Images)
Actors Kit Harington, right, and wife Rose Leslie attend HBO's "Game of Thrones" final season premiere at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: (L-R) Rose Leslie and Kit Harington attend The Olivier Awards with Mastercard at The Royal Opera House on April 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Kit Harington, right, and Rose Leslie arrive at the LA Premiere of "Game of Thrones" at The Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Rose Leslie (L) and Kit Harington arrive at The Olivier Awards with Mastercard at The Royal Opera House on April 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 25: Actors Kit Harington (L) and Rose Leslie attend HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' panel and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 25, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 21: Actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie attend HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 Seattle Premiere on March 21, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Kit Harington, right, and Rose Leslie pose for photographers as they arrive for the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in central London, Sunday, April 9, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Photo by: KGC-03/STAR MAX/IPx 2016 4/3/16 Rose Leslie and Kit Harington at the 2016 Olivier Awards held at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. (London, England, UK)
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While Marvel fans are no doubt enthused by the announcement of another popular actor joining the ranks of the MCU, the news wasn’t exactly what attendees were hoping: many had bought into a widespread rumor that Harington would take on the role of Wolverine, the ferocious mutant previously played by Hugh Jackman in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise.

Harington’s other action movie cred comes by way of 2015’s MI-5, in which he works to save London from a terrorist attack, and Pompeii, the 2014 film co-starring The Matrix’s Carrie-Anne Moss.

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