During a battle, Thor makes a shocking discovery about Black Knight’s Ebony Blade. Its requirements are the exact opposite of his hammer Mjolnir’s.
Warning, this article contains spoilers for Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1.
Black Knight’s Ebony Blade, the MCU’s next superweapon, is the exact opposite of Thor’s Mjolnir. Dane Whitman had faded into obscurity until his newfound importance in Marvel Comic’s current major crossover event, The King in Black. Whitman is also due to make his silver screen appearance in the next phase of the MCU. But what could a not-so-chivalrous knight do against an Avengers-level threat? Dane’s got some skill but the real defining characteristic of the Black Knight is his weapon.
The Ebony Blade is one of the most powerful weapons in Marvel Comics, taking its place on a list including Mjolnir, Stormbreaker, and Knull’s All-Black. It has recently gained new importance in Marvel’s crossover because it is seemingly the one thing that can defeat Knull, the God of the Symbiotes. The Lord of the Abyss is so terrified of the weapon that he sent one of his minions to retrieve it. This led Spider-Man, Kang the Conqueror, and an entire team of heroes on a quest to get the Ebony Blade back.
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Black Knight’s new title shows readers just how mysterious and powerful the blade really is. In Black Knight: The Curse of the Ebony Blade #1 by Si Spurrier, Sergio Davila, and Iban Coello, Thor makes a keen observation about the difference between the Ebony Blade and Mjolnir. Thor attempts to lift the weapon and is unable, similar to how the enchantment on Mjolnir works. The God of Thunder realizes the blade is powered by hate. Thor notes, “the more unworthy his mood, the mightier the blade, ’tis the very opposite of Mjolnir.”
The Ebony Blade feeds on negative emotions. It is best wielded by users who have malicious intentions. Thor’s Mjolnir can only be wielded by the worthy, but the Ebony Blade’s properties are much more sinister. Dane clearly wants to be accepted as a hero and part of the Avengers, but the heroes do not embrace him as one of their own. Instead, they only call upon him when they need his assistance. Whitman, longing for acceptance, has never truly received it and the Ebony Blade relishes these emotions.
To make matters worse, his idols ,the Avengers, only seem to be interested in using his negative emotions at their peak. Captain America refers to him as the “W.M.D.” or weapon of mass destruction. Dane taps into his worst memories to unleash an explosive burst of energy, clearing out the enemies. Black Knight does not have the luxury of trying to be a worthy hero like Thor because if he were to let go of his hatred, he would no longer have any power. The curse of the Black Knight is to be an outcast that thrives on hatred and negative emotions in order to protect others. Dane’s mental health and sense of self must constantly endure suffering and pain in order for him to remain the Black Knight. By taking advantage of someone with deep mental health issues, suddenly Earth’s Mightiest Heroes no longer feel so heroic. The differences between the Ebony Blade and Mjolnir prove that not all weapons are made equally.
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