Marvel's Blade Is Still Happening, Production Pushed Back - Report

Filming is now expected to get underway sometime in July 2022.

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Marvel's Blade is reportedly due to start production in July 2022, "so that the studio can spend time working on the Stacy Osei-Kuffour-penned script," according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's a surprising bit of information to come out in the piece, particularly because the article's reportage is primarily focused on the upcoming Superman reboot coming from JJ Abrams and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Marvel's Blade was first announced at Comic-Con way back in 2019 as part of Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4, when it was revealed that Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) will star in the titular role and will be written by Osei-Kuffour (Watchmen, PEN15). Since then, aside from the fact that the film will exist, Marvel has been lean on details. In fairness, the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a giant curveball in Marvel's plans for many projects. To get up to speed or check in on other Marvel movies you've been waiting for, check out our list of Phase 4 release dates and plot details.

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Ironically, at this point, much more is now known about Wesley Snipes' planned "Blade-killer" movie, which is set "in the world of shape-shifters and a little bit of time travel," than how Blade itself will be getting rebooted. The original 1998 superhero-horror film arguably gave Snipes the greatest commercial success of his career, so the idea of competing Blades trying to potentially outdo one another is of course incredibly exciting--everybody wins there, in the end.

Meanwhile, if you missed out on the original Blade, or if it's just been a long time since you've seen it, for its 20th anniversary we did a rewatch and can attest that it still holds up.

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