Marvel Studios is currently working on a new Blade film that will take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here's everything we know so far about the impending blockbuster.
Since the franchise's inception in 2008, Marvel Studios has been able to launch a diverse range of heroes thanks to the franchise's widespread success. Even though there had been years of Marvel films before the MCU, their presence on the big screen marked the big-screen debuts of numerous comic characters.
It's beginning to change, with a new Spider-Man film in development and MCU reboots of the X-Men and Fantastic Four on the way, but Blade the Vampire Slayer is another character slated to receive an MCU makeover.
Wesley Snipes is most known for his role as Eric Brooks in the Blade films, which began in the late 1990s and served to establish that there was an audience for R-rated comic book content. Marvel Studios, on the other hand, has never expressed much interest in reviving Blade as part of the MCU.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige made the surprising news that a standalone picture was in the works at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 when the convention was in full swing. This announcement coincided with the announcement that Mahershala Ali will portray Marvel's daywalker.
In the meanwhile, Blade has continued to advance, with Watchmen's Stacy Osei-Kuffour penning the narrative and Mogul Mowgli's Bassam Tariq directing, both of whom worked on the film.
The MCU is constantly expanding, and Blade is one of several films that will be released in the next several years as a result of this. With each passing day as the project progresses and Marvel continues to experiment with new genres and ratings, the interest in Blade becomes stronger. Here's all we know so far about the next Blade standalone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Blade: Release Date
The official release date for Blade has not yet been announced by Marvel Studios. The studio has published its complete schedule of films through 2022, and while it has confirmed a few 2023 movies so far, there are still several 2023 release dates open.
According to reports, Blade plans to begin production in the summer of 2022. Marvel Studios' films are normally released roughly a year to a year and a few months after production begins, however, the pandemic has caused that timeframe to be pushed back a few months.
It doesn't matter if Blade takes 12 or 18 months to complete production when it begins; the film will almost certainly be released in 2023 at some time, joining Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
At the present, Marvel has three slots in 2023 reserved for films that have not yet been announced, so Blade will probably be one of those films.
Mahershala Ali is the sole member of the MCU's Blade movie's current cast, which includes the film's lead. Following his Academy Award-winning performances in Moonlight and Green Book, Ali approached Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige to express his interest in portraying Eric Brooks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ali was unsuccessful. At the moment, Marvel didn't have any intentions to create Blade, but Ali's talent and desire made it simple for Feige to reconsider his decision. Other MCU characters like Midnight Sons likely members Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac) or Doctor Strange will appear in the film as well.
Ali will not be alone in the film, however, as Marvel will assemble another stellar cast of co-stars, which could include other Midnight Sons members Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac) or Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Blade: Story Details
The plot of Blade has not yet been divulged or even hinted at in any way. It will very certainly include some of Blade's origin story and how he got to be a vampire slayer, but most of the film will most likely follow Eric as a seasoned hunter who has gained a lot of experience.
This would allow the film to address the question of where Blade has been throughout the history of the MCU. In the end, the plot of Blade's debut film will most likely be determined by whatever of the many supernatural enemies Marvel assigns him to battle in the film.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is playing Blade?
Mahershala Ali, a two-time Academy Award winner, will portray the half-vampire badass who goes about his business during the day.
Are Blade and Morbius enemies?
Morbius, also known as D., M.D., is an anti-heroic opponent from the Marvel Comics universe, who has fought against Spider-Man, Blade, and Ghost Rider among others.
Does Morbius drink blood?
He's fortunate in that he's also created an artificial type of blood that's blue, and downing it like a marathoner eager for water keeps him going for a little while longer. However, as time passes, its effects become less and less noticeable. Morbius predicts that he will have to consume human blood at some time to survive.