Professor Dane Whitman is a scientist and a historian at London's Natural History Museum, who is the heir of an ancient and mysterious family. Whitman started a romantic relationship with Sersi, who turned out to be an Eternal. When he learned of the impending Emergence, he was encouraged by Sersi to make amends with his uncle, leading him to investigate his family's history once more. After Sersi's abduction from Earth by Arishem the Judge, Whitman fell into the possession of the Ebony Blade.
Issues with his Family
Dane Whitman was born in England in the late 20th century to a family that owned a magical sword known as the Ebony Blade and, by Whitman's admission, had a complicated history. As a child, he wished to be a giraffe. Whitman had a falling out with his uncle, Nathan Garrett, and the two became estranged.
Relationship with Sersi
Whitman went to college and got a degree to become a teacher and historian. He then met Sersi and Sprite, becoming close to the both of them. Whitman formed a romantic relationship with Sersi, but was often confused by Sprite, who kept saying weird things. In 2018, Whitman survived the Snap, the event that took away half of all life on Earth.
Teaching Sersi's Students
Discussion with Sprite
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Drinks with Sersi
That night, Whitman and Sersi met up to celebrate his birthday at a bar. He received a ring with his family's crest from Sersi, commenting on how expensive it must have been. He also offered for Sersi to move in with him, however, she declined his offer. He then revealed the weird things Sprite said to him while she was not around, leading him to finally confront Sersi on whether or not she was like a wizard, which Sersi laughed at.
As Whitman, Sersi, and Sprite were walking home, they were attacked by a Deviant, with them originally running away from. Eventually, Whitman helped people get off the bridge as Sprite created illusions and Sersi changed the bus flying at them to petals, to which Whitman picked up and looked at in disbelief. Ikaris arrived just in time to save them.
After the Deviant left, Whitman awkwardly introduced himself to Ikaris, with him realizing that Ikaris was Sersi's ex. Afterwards, Whitman asked Sersi to explain everything about the Eternals to him. He questioned why they never interfered throughout history or more recently with Thanos and the Infinity War.
Later, Whitman called Sersi via video call. However, the phone connection was not the best and so they were breaking up, which Sersi commented on with Ikaris making a happy comment on, thinking they were actually breaking up.
Reuniting with Sersi
Later, Whitman was reunited with Sersi as she said goodbye to Kingo and Sprite. He and Sersi then walk and talk about the recent events. He listened as Sersi talked about her inability to live like she was human. He also made her remember their vow to keep no more secrets with, as he struggled to tell her the truth about his family history which he had recently learnt. However, when Arishem the Judge appeared in the sky, Whitman became frightened and watched in shock as Sersi was transported off of Earth.
Claiming the Ebony Blade
Whitman is incredibly accepting of other people, with him quickly accepting the fact that Sersi was an Eternal. He is also shown to be struggling with his family legacy and heritage. Whitman is a kind and caring person, for he told people to get off the bridge during Kro's attack.
Powers and Abilities
- Expert Scientist: Whitman is a skilled historian and teacher, as he was seen briefly teaching the students in Sersi's class.
- Bilingualism: Whitman is fluent in his native English, as well as Latin.
- Ebony Blade: The Ebony Blade was passed down through generations of Whitman's family, and he came across the sword while investigating his family's history. He was about to use it, but stopped when Blade appeared.
- Family Ring: Whitman was given a ring with his family's crest as a birthday gift from Sersi.
- Natural History Museum: Whitman taught classes as the Natural History Museum, and covered for Sersi when she was late for work.
- In the comics, Dane Whitman is the latest descendant in a long line of warriors possessing the mystical Ebony Blade and title of Black Knight. Whitman rode multiple winged horses and was the first owner of Aragorn, whom he gifted to Valkyrie.
Behind the Scenes
- According to Jeremy Slater, there were discussions about including Kit Harington reprising his role as Dane Whitman in Moon Knight due to his role as a Natural History Museum historian opening the possibility of him meeting Steven Grant, with the possibility of having Whitman adopt his Black Knight title from the comic books, but the idea was dropped because the writers felt there wasn't enough time to include Whitman in the first two episodes to justify integrating Black Knight in the storyline.