The Blade reboot was first announced in 2019. Is it still happening?
Fans were ecstatic when Marvel released a teaser video containing the release dates of its upcoming flicks. However, one film is notably not included in the announcement---The 'Blade' reboot.
The 'Blade' was first announced by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige during the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali made a surprise appearance at the panel and confirmed that he will be playing the daywalker for the reboot.
The role was first portrayed by Wesley Snipes. Ali admitted that he was the one who proposed to the studio to play the hero character. Snipes has since expressed his support for Ali following the announcement.
However, it has been 3 years since the announcement, and we haven't heard about The Blade yet. What is the film's status? Is it still happening? Here's what we know.
Despite a long delay, you can still rest assured that 'Blade' is still very much on the table.
According to Hollywood Reporter, production for the film was supposed to start in September this year but was pushed back to July 2022, so the studio could spend more time working on the script.
'Watchmen' screenwriter Stacy Osei-Kuffour is attached to pen the screenplay for the film. Stacy is going to be the first Black female writer to write a Marvel movie.
There is still no release date for 'The Blade' for now. We will likely have to wait until 2023 or 2024 to see the film based on the production schedule.
Does that mean we will have to wait that long before seeing Blade? Not exactly. There is always a possibility for the character to be introduced in an earlier film, just like what Marvel did with Spider-Man. Spider-Man appeared in 'Captain America: Civil War' before having his solo movie.
We will keep track of future updates for you.
As of this writing, Marvel is still working on the script for 'Blade'. Hence, the exact plot details are still not available.
The 1998 film followed the character's origin story through flashbacks. Marvel is not fond of repeating what others have already done on screen before, which makes us feel confident that the reboot will not be taking the same route.
In the comics, Blade's mother is glutted and killed by a vampire while baby Eric was still in her womb. This turned him into a daywalker.
We still don't know how exactly will Blade fit in the MCU timeline, nor if the film will take place before the events of 'Endgame.'
So far, we only have confirmed the casting of Mahershali Ali for the lead role, Blade, aka Eric Brooks. It's worth noting that this film might never happen if this phenomenal actor didn't approach Marvel himself with the idea.
"When Mahershala calls, you answer," Feige told The Hollywood Reporter following Marvel's SDCC presentation.
We are expecting to get more casting details as the film kicks off production next year.
With filming set to begin by mid-2022, it looks like the official trailer won't be here at least until 2023. Stay tuned for the latest updates.