|Position||Black Knight Crusader|
He would inherit his uncle's castle in England, where he found Garrett's notes and inventions, and discovered Nathan was an operative of the villainous terrorist group HYDRA. Dane chose to not follow in his uncle's evil footsteps, but instead to use the weapons and resources to be a hero, and that Whitman would restore their family's legacy by making the Black Knight a hero. In the castle, Dane is contacted by the spirit of his ancestor Sir Percy of Scandia, who found Dane to be worthy of wielding the Ebony Blade, an old enchanted sword which carries fragments of Sir Percy's soul as well as great mystical power. Because of his uncle's reputation as the Black Knight, Dane was first seen as a potential enemy to the heroes, but after Dane had proved himself by aiding them in battle, Whitman earned their respect and trust. Whitman aided SHIELD and the Avengers in the war against HYDRA by using his uncle's former connections within the terrorist group to infiltrate and disrupt operations in Europe.
Powers and Abilities Edit
Enhanced Physiology: After he received Cybertek cybernetic enhancements following being wounded in battle, Dane Whitman's physiology was augmented and his strength, speed, reflexes, stamina, agility, and durability were enhanced.
Gifted Intellect: Dane Whitman attended university as a young man, eventually obtaining a Master's degree in physics. Whitman is proficient in a wide variety of sciences and technologies, including genetic and mechanical engineering; and continues to approach things from a scientific perspective more often than not, despite his ties to the world of magic and becoming familiar with the mystic arts. He has also demonstrated good leadership as well as strategic and tactical skills.
Expert Combatant: He is an excellent fighter, able to hold his own against such highly skilled fighters. Whitman is an excellent swordsman whose skills have allowed him to best numerous swordsmen in combat.
- Magic Immunity: The Sword that Whitman is using is immune to magical powers, granting him an immunity to magic.
- Expert Horseman: He is also an expert horseman.