Marvel Studios’ Blade has been one of the fandom’s most anticipated movies ever since it was announced at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con. We got our first “look” at his iteration of the character in Chloe Zhao’s Eternals. The movie featured Black Knight (A prominent member of The Midnight Suns), portrayed by Kit Harrington. In the post-credits scene of the movie, Mahershala Ali’s Blade makes a vocal cameo, saying “Are you sure you’re ready for that, Mr. Whitman?”
The MCU’s Supernatural division has grown quite a lot this year, with Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight and Gael García Bernal’s Werewolf By Night. Both these projects were received very well by the audience, which only got us more interested in this project.
Blade’s Director Change
The movie was in pre-production at that point in time and was heading towards a November production start in Atlanta. In the weeks leading up to Werewolf By Night, news about creative differences started surfacing on the internet. This led to a complete creative overhaul of the project.
It was revealed that the director, Bassam Tariq, had left the project. According to various sources, this was due to non-cooperation on set. The screenplay was allegedly only about 90 pages long with only two action sequences, which were lackluster. Mahershala Ali was said to be very frustrated with the process.
“Blade’s been a beautiful ride,” Tariq said after departing the project. “At this moment, I’m filled with love and gratitude toward the folks at Marvel as well [as] the incredible crew and cast we assembled. I’m eager to see how the next director builds on the foundation we’ve set.”Bassam Tariq
Marvel Studios’ Blade Movie Finds New Director/ Writer
After a long and extensive search, looks like Kevin Feige has finally found a new director for this title.
Borys Kit of THR reported that the movie had found its new director in Lovecraft Country’s Yann Demange. He will be joined by Michael Starrbury from When They See Us to pen a completely new script for the movie. According to THR, Maharshela Ali was personally involved in selecting the writer. It was also mentioned that the new intent for Blade is to be “Dark and gritty in tone”.
Justin Kroll from Deadline corroborated this, saying:
Ms. Lizzie Hill from The Cosmic Circus added to this, saying that the title will start filming in July 2023.
The Crew Reacts To The Blade News
Michael Starrbury expressed his gratitude for the Blade crew on Twitter, and promised to give the fans a movie they “will love”.
Former director Bassam Tariq responded to the news, and said that he “couldn’t be happier for him.”
When Will ‘Blade’ Release?
Marvel Studios’ Blade is scheduled to release on September 6, 2024.
Marvel 2022 Release Schedule
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: 11 November 2022 (OUT NOW!)
- The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special: 25 November 2022