We’ve been waiting with bated breath for quite a long time, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s highly-anticipated Blade movie is finally on the horizon. Marvel is gearing up to deliver a fresh take on the iconic vampire hunter, ushering Blade into the MCU in style. This exciting news was first unveiled in July 2019 during the San Diego Comic-Con, when Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige took the stage to announce the film. He also confirmed that the multi-Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will be donning the lead role.
The original Blade trilogy, starring Wesley Snipes, enjoyed immense popularity, even if it didn’t always win over the critics. Those movies played a pivotal role in bringing Marvel’s vampire hero into the spotlight, boosting his popularity at a time when the MCU was just a distant dream. They even spawned a short-lived TV series. Needless to say, all eyes are now fixed on this reboot, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it lives up to the hype.
While it’s still early days for the film, and many details remain shrouded in mystery, we do have some essential tidbits to share about the upcoming MCU movie. So, let’s dive into everything we know about the new Blade movie so far, covering plot insights, casting choices, and the latest updates on filming and release dates.
What Is the New Blade Movie’s Title?
Rumors have been swirling online, suggesting that the movie might bear the title ‘Blade, the Vampire Slayer.’ However, it’s important to note that this hasn’t been officially confirmed, and given the striking resemblance to ‘Buffy,’ it appears highly improbable that Marvel would opt for such a direction. As of now, it seems like the movie will retain the simple title of ‘Blade,’ much like the 1998 Wesley Snipes classic.
Who Is Making the MCU Blade Movie?
This project has seen its fair share of changes and shifts behind the scenes. Marvel initially brought on Bassam Tariq to direct the film, known for his work on ‘Mogul Mowgli.’ However, the production faced a significant setback when Tariq departed from the project. After some delays while searching for a replacement, Yann Demange (’71,’ ‘Lovecraft Country’) has stepped in as the new director, with Tariq still retaining an executive producer credit.
On the writing front, Stacy Osei-Kuffour was originally tasked with penning the script, but she was later replaced by Beau DeMayo. The scriptwriting journey didn’t end there, as Michael Starrbury has now taken the reins, and the latest addition to the writing team is none other than Nic Pizzolatto, the creator of ‘True Detective.’ Together, they are crafting the film’s script.
The film’s visual storytelling is in the capable hands of Damián García, while Leigh Folsom Boyd takes on film editing duties. Sarah Finn oversees casting, Stefania Cella handles production design, and Ruth E. Carter is responsible for costume design, just to name a few of the talented crew members involved in this exciting project.
When Is the New Blade Movie’s Release Date?
Marvel’s SDCC 2022 panel brought some exciting news for Blade fans. The film was initially scheduled for release on November 3, 2023, just after Halloween, promising a thrilling cinematic experience. However, following the change in directors, the release date was pushed back nine months to September 6, 2024. While the wait may be a bit longer, it’s worth noting that Marvel has been planning this reboot since as far back as 2013, so a little extra patience won’t hurt. Rest assured, when Blade finally hits the big screen, it’s bound to be an unforgettable movie.
Who’s In the New Blade Movie’s Cast?
Mahershala Ali was the first actor confirmed for the upcoming Blade movie, and since then, we’ve received some intriguing casting updates. Award-winning actor Delroy Lindo, known for his roles in films like “Da 5 Bloods,” “The Cider House Rules,” and “Gone in 60 Seconds,” has been added to the cast in an undisclosed role. Another exciting addition is Aaron Pierre, recognized for his work in “Krypton,” “The Underground Railroad,” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old,” also in a mysterious role. Additionally, there have been rumors about Antony Starr, famous for his role in “The Boys,” possibly playing Dracula, although this hasn’t been officially confirmed yet.
The latest exciting casting news brings Mia Goth, known for her performances in “X” and “Pearl,” into the mix. While her character’s details remain a secret, Goth’s talent showcased in “Infinity Pool” has fans eager to see her contribution to the MCU.
Who Are the Confirmed Characters in the New Blade Movie?
Considering that we’re still in the early stages of development, the only confirmed character for the new Blade movie is Mahershala Ali’s Blade himself. However, given that this film will need to fit into the MCU, there’s potential for other heroes and villains from the shared universe to make appearances.
Two logical choices could be Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch. Both Strange and Blade have been members of Marvel’s Midnight Sons super-team, which brought together various supernatural heroes. Could we see an MCU Midnight Sons reunion? It’s a possibility worth exploring, especially after Scarlet Witch’s storyline in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
Speaking of potential cameos, wouldn’t it be fantastic if Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) made an appearance in the new Blade movie? Reynolds previously appeared in “Blade: Trinity” as Hannibal King, and you can bet that would be a humorous nod if Wade Wilson crossed paths with Blade.
However, for now, we’ll have to wait patiently for official character announcements. Blade’s comic history is filled with a diverse array of allies, enemies, and complex relationships, from Deacon Frost, who indirectly created Blade, to the iconic Dracula, Blade’s arch-nemesis. In the world of Blade, anything is possible, so keep an eye out for updates!
When Is the New Blade Movie Filming?
The new Blade movie was initially set to commence filming in Atlanta in October 2022, as revealed by Kevin Feige during San Diego Comic-Con 2022. However, there have been some changes on the production front, and filming is now expected to kick off in the summer of 2023. The primary filming location is Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, with additional shooting locations including New Orleans, Cleveland, Ohio, and Morocco.
It’s worth noting that production schedules in the film industry can be somewhat fluid. For instance, the original plan was to start filming in late 2021, but the date was pushed back when Stacy Osei-Kuffour joined the project to allow time for script development. Nevertheless, barring any significant disruptions, it seems that the movie is on track with its current schedule.
After Bassam Tariq stepped away from the director’s chair, filming was temporarily halted as Marvel Studios wanted to take the time to find the right replacement. The new filming start date was announced well in advance of the recent change in the writing department, so while further delays are possible, the production appears to be moving forward as planned.
How Does the New Blade Movie Fit Into the MCU Timeline?
After the exciting announcement of the new Blade movie at SDCC 2019, Kevin Feige clarified to Collider’s Steve Weintraub that this upcoming vampire flick is slated for Phase 5, not Phase 4 of the MCU. This suggests that Blade’s story will likely unfold after the universe-altering events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and other significant developments expected in films like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Fantastic Four. Of course, there’s always the possibility that Marvel might choose to set Blade in a past timeline, similar to how they approached Black Widow and Captain Marvel.
Given the early stage of production, there’s still a chance that the movie could ultimately land in Phase 4, albeit after Doctor Strange 2. However, beyond this speculation, there hasn’t been any official confirmation regarding Blade’s setting and timeline. As we move closer to the film’s production, we can expect Marvel to provide more clarity on where this new Blade adventure fits into the larger MCU narrative.
Is the New Blade Movie Rated R or PG-13?
Kevin Feige caused quite a buzz back in February 2021 when he mentioned during the Marvel Studios panel at the Television Critics Association that, aside from Deadpool 3, Marvel might lean towards PG-13 ratings for upcoming films. His exact words were,
Now, does this mean that the new Blade won’t receive an R rating? Not necessarily. The original Wesley Snipes Blade trilogy was proudly R-rated, and many fans would understandably be disappointed if the reboot didn’t maintain that level of blood-soaked action and violence. However, even with a PG-13 rating, the new Blade could still be a compelling film, albeit one that doesn’t rely heavily on gore. For now, we’ll have to patiently await official news regarding the movie’s rating.
What Is the New Blade Movie’s Plot?
As previously mentioned, there’s a remarkable scarcity of information available about the new Blade movie, including any news regarding its plot. Hopefully, as we inch closer to the commencement of filming, we might receive a synopsis or some tidbits about the movie’s storyline. Nevertheless, we are familiar with Blade’s origin story from the comics, which could potentially serve as the foundation for the upcoming film.
Blade’s origin tale involves his mother being attacked by a vampire while pregnant, leading to her death during childbirth. She gave birth to a unique hybrid, Eric Brooks, who is part human and part vampire. As he grew older, Eric adopted the moniker “Blade” and harnessed his Daywalker abilities to hunt down vampires.
Given that over two decades have passed since the release of the first Blade movie, the new film might offer a recap of this origin story to bring new fans up to speed. Conversely, the MCU could choose to skip the origins and dive right into the core narrative. Another approach might involve introducing Blade in a prior film and then using his standalone movie to delve deeper into his character, similar to what was done with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
However, it’s essential to note that the MCU is not beholden to adhering strictly to comic book canon. Former director Bassam Tariq, in an interview with Gizmodo, suggested that the new Blade film is more focused on character exploration and may not be overly constrained by established comic canon. Tariq remarked:
“What’s so great is it’s not as boxed in as I think people imagine it to be, which I thought it was. But it’s quite exciting, and I think the reality is there is no Blade canon. In some comics, his name is Fred H. Blade, you know, instead of Eric Brooks. Unfortunately, the runs never lasted that long, and there have been some interesting and exciting waves. But I can say [the new movie is] character first.”