Marvel's Blade Is Still Happening, Production Pushed Back - Report
Filming is now expected to get underway sometime in July 2022.
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.
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.