Marvel's Blade Movie: All The Updates For The MCU Film So Far – CinemaBlend

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It has been a bloody long wait for the Daywalker’s return.
There is a lot to look forward to from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the many upcoming Marvel movies heading to theaters and many upcoming Marvel TV shows to stream on Disney+. However, one of the most hotly anticipated projects is Marvel’s Blade movie.
The reboot is still a subject of mystery for fans looking forward to seeing the big screen return of the most iconic vampire hunter in comic book history, especially with two-time Academy Award winner (and one-time rap artist) Mahershala Ali in the title role. For anyone who feels like they have been waiting a vampire’s infinite lifespan for the latest Blade movie, perhaps we can bring you up to speed on the latest updates for one of the most long-awaited upcoming superhero movies, starting from the beginning.Wesley Snipes stands concerned in a vampire hideout in Blade.The first Blade movie, starring Wesley Snipes as the titular hunter (named Eric Brooks at birth), is remembered as one of the best Marvel movies before the MCU was established. The R-rated 1998 adaptation spawned two sequels and a short-lived TV series in 2006. It was only a couple years later when Snipes began leading the conversation of bringing the half-man, half-vampire back to the big screen.
After a prequel movie proposed in June 2009 went nowhere, Snipes expressed interest in Blade 4 the following year, just as the MCU was really starting to heat up. Soon enough, Kevin Feige was asked about adding Blade to the universe, teasing how he and Marvel Studios have discussed it, but to no avail. Less than a year after The Conjuring director James Wan revealed he once pitched a Blade reboot in 2018, the MCU’s role in the conversation took a major step forward.Blade logoMore than 20 years after Marvel’s vampire hunter became a comic book movie favorite, Feige announced that an MCU reboot of Blade was in development during Marvel Studios’ San Diego Comic Con panel in 2019. The confirmation came with the reveal that Mahershala Ali, who had previously played another MCU character (“Cottonmouth” on Luke Cage), would take over the title role, having pitched the idea to Feige in the first place.
Despite years of campaigning to return to the role, Snipes gave the Blade reboot his blessing, citing Ali as “a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come.” “Daywalkers” (Blade fans) also began suggesting that the MCU should at least give Snipes a part, perhaps as Blade’s mentor, Whistler. We hope that his interest in making a cameo (as he expressed to ComicBook.com) is at least taken into consideration.Regina King on WatchmenOther than Ali teasing his Blade look with concept art in May 2020, updates on the reboot were scarce for more than a year since its announcement. That was until February of 2021 when the movie first found a scribe. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios hired Stacy Osei-Kuffour to pen the script for Blade
This would have been the second comic book adaptation, after HBO’s Watchmen series, that the writer (who earned an Emmy nomination for an episode of the Hulu original comedy, PEN15) worked on. Not to mention, Osei-Kuffour would have also been the first Black woman to write an MCU movie.Riz Ahmed in Mogul MowgliAs soon as the Blade reboot was announced, conversations and rumors of who would be at the helm immediately began to swirl. At one point Jordan Peele’s name was thrown around before the Oscar winner told Rolling Stone that it was not the right time for him to live out what he still referred to as “a filmmaker’s dream.” Deadpool 2 director David Leitch also expressed interest to ScreenRant around the same time.
The search for the new Blade director ended (or was put on pause, more accurately), as Deadline reported in July 2021, with the selection of Bassam Tariq. The Pakistani filmmaker, who started out with documentaries, had released his BAFTA-nominated feature-length debut, Mogul Mowgli (starring Academy Award nominee Riz Ahmed), just a year before landing what would have been the biggest gig of his career so far. Wesley Snipes in BladeNot every announcement with the Blade reboot has been a means for celebration in the eyes of fans. During Marvel Studios’ panel at the Television Critics Association in February 2021, Feige had this to say when asked about the MCU’s future with more adult-oriented programming:
I think we target everything we’re doing now for kids and adults. So I think your question is: more adult or R-rated. You know, other than Deadpool, which has already established itself as a certain genre and a certain rating that we’ve already said we would not mess with when we start working with Deadpool – which we have. Other than that, we’ve not ever encountered a story, or a storyline, or a character’s journey that a PG-13 or the tone or the ratings that we’ve been using up to this point has prevented us. We’ve never been held back by it. If we ever are, then certainly there could be a discussion to be had now that there are other outlets like Hulu, like Star. But that just hasn’t been the case yet. We’ve been able to tell all the kinds of stories we’ve wanted to with the tonality and the rating structure that we have now.
At first glance, the above quote does not seem to have anything to do with Marvel’s upcoming vampire hunter movie, but fans took it as a potential sign that the reboot could be the first Blade movie to get a PG-13 rating. Even though Snipes has said that would not bother him, it would be disappointing to some fans, given that the, literally, blood-soaked source material typically demands no less than an R. Not to mention, since the studio previously confirmed Deadpool’s risqué nature would stay the same in the MCU, there is no reason Blade should not receive the same treatment.Delroy Lindo in The Harder They FallOutside of the announcement of Ali in the title role at the very beginning, details of who would be joining the Oscar winner on the Blade cast were scarce until later in 2021. That November, Delroy Lindo (known for Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and, more recently, Da 5 Bloods) joined the cast for what will be his second shot at joining the MCU. The actor previously starred in an unaired pilot for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off Marvel’s Most Wanted in 2016. 
Also announced as a Blade cast member in early 2022 was Aaron Pierre, whose previous experience acting in a comic book adaptation was his role on Syfy’s Superman prequel series Krypton as Dev-Em. The British actor is also known from the Amazon Prime miniseries The Underground Railroad and M. Night Shyamalan’s Old cast as Mid-Sized Sedan.Kit Harrington in EternalsWith anticipation for the new Blade movie growing with every waking moment, it appears that Marvel Studios was kind enough to give fans a taste of its upcoming take on the character in a recent MCU installment. However, it would be understandable if the tease was initially unnoticed by some fans. 
In the post-credits scene for Eternals — Oscar winner Chloé Zhao’s adaptation of Jack Kirby’s ageless heroes — Dane Whitman (former Game of Thrones cast member Kit Harrington) is about to pick up a sword, seemingly to fulfill his destiny as the Black Knight, before he hears a voice asking if he is sure he wants to do that. That voice belonged to Ali as Blade, which Zhao would later confirm to Fandom.Mahershala Ali in Alita: Battle AngelFor a while, we could exactly say when Ali’s Blade would show up in the MCU next, nor if it would be in his own movie. In fact, it was not until March 2021 when Marvel Studios revealed that the thriller would begin filming in September of that year, only for that date to change by a wide margin soon after.
On May 5, 2021, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Blade’s production schedule had been pushed from September 2021 all the way to the following July, which Production Weekly also confirmed. The reason for the delay, as the THR article explained, was so Stacy Osei-Kuffour could spend more time on the script.Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth in Luke CageOn the morning of May 3, 2021, Marvel Studios released a “Hype Video” to get fans excited for all that was to come in Phase 4, including the reveal of Black Panther II’s full title (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), and movies set for release in 2023. However, there were a few things missing from the video, such as any mention of Blade whatsoever.
Luckily, fans would only have to wait another year to learn that the movie was finally given a release date of November 3, 2023, during Marvel’s Hall H Panel at 2022’s San Diego Comic-Con. It was in October 2022 when the movie’s release date was pushed back nearly another year — September 6, 2024, to be exact — due to recent circumstances causing yet another production delay. This means the films is, as of now, part of the MCU’s Phase 5.Mahershala Ali as Vector in Alita: Battle AngelA little more than a year after finding a replacement to helm Blade after David Leitch left the project, Marvel Studios would have to go back to the drawing board again. On September 27, 2022, The Hollywood Reporter released an exclusive report announcing that Bassam Tariq was no longer directing the project with “continued shifts in [the studio’s] production schedule” cited as the reason. The film’s production would then go on hold, once again.A creature from Lovecraft CountryIn November 2022, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Yann Demange was brought on as Tariq’s replacement to helm the Blade reboot. The Parisian filmmaker’s feature-length efforts include 2014’s ’71 and 2018’s White Boy Rick, but he is arguably best known for directing the thrilling pilot for HBO’s Emmy-winning horror series, Lovecraft Country.
THR also mentioned that Michael Starrbury was tapped to pen a brand new script for the film that — according to ScreenRant — has reportedly cut Harrington’s Black Knight out of the story. The writer is best known for his work on Ava Duvernay-produced shows like When They See Us (which earned him an Emmy nomination) and Colin in Black and White.mahershala ali in moonlightIn February 2023, in an interview with EW, Kevin Feige said that Blade was set to begin shooting “in, like, the next 10 weeks or so.” That put the supposed start date at sometime in Summer 2023. The following month, MovieWeb reported that the film will retain the character’s original comic book origin story, which is certainly one way to give fans hope.Mia Goth theatrically holds a pitchfork over her head in the barn in Pearl.In addition to reprising her X character in Ti West’s eponymous, upcoming trilogy ender, MaXXXine, Mia Goth is set to freak out another fandom. According to Deadline, the British Scream Queen will appear along Ali in the Blade cast. Goth’s role has yet to be revealed, but we have a few Marvel characters for her to play in mind — such as Lilith Drake (Dracula’s daughter) or monster hunter Rachel Van Helsing. Mahershala Ali as Wayne Hays in True DetectiveFollowing multiple instances of both writing and directorial duties on Blade being passed around, yet another new name has been tapped to handle the reboot’s screenplay. Yet, on the bright side, it does mark a reunion between Ali and one of his most talented previous collaborators.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is working off of Michael Starburry’s draft of the script, which was intended to be finished before production was set to start in late May. Ali starred as the protagonist for the third season of the writer’s HBO original, anthological crime drama in 2019.Mahershala Ali as Dr. Don Shirley in Green BookJust as the Blade reboot was finally nearing the beginning of production, the movie was put on hold once again. However, it is for a good reason.
As of May 2nd, the WGA is on strike, demanding fairer compensation for their contribution to today’s entertainment. At least this gives Nic Pizzolatto more time to envision his script rewrites.
This also gives fans even more time to stream the first Blade movie — also starring Stephen Dorff, who is apparently not looking forward to MCU’s reboot — and its sequels. They can also rewatch all the Marvel movies in order before the reboot brings the character back from the dead. “Daywalkers” can also check out the character’s new solo comic book series, which — according to Polygon — is hitting the shelves in July.
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