‘Blade’, the mythical film by Wesley Snipes, the first black superhero in cinema to lead the box office, the R-rated vampire slayer, the film that saved Marvel from bankruptcy more than 20 years ago…, in short, ‘Blade’, returns to theaters. And this time it will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The vampire hunter reboot was a hit since it was announced in 2019 and has been creating more and more expectation as the pre-production progress has been published, in which the film is currently immersed. And it is that the tape will be starring Mahershala Ali. Isn’t that enough to whet the appetite for blood?
This is Everything we know about the ‘Blade’ reboot.
‘Blade’: Release date of the Marvel reboot
According to the first rumors, ‘Blade’ would be released in the fall of 2022, but the production of the film it has been delayed y It won’t start shooting until November 2022.
The CEO of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, confirmed that the film would be incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe later, already in Phase 5, specifically on November 3, 2023. However, there have been changes. At the moment, the final date is finally on September 6, 2024.
‘Blade’: Synopsis of the Marvel reboot
After the three films starring Wesley Snipes and a series (starring Sticky Fingaz), Blade’s premise is well known to all. The Eric Brooks character first appeared in a comic in 1973, created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan. His mother had been killed by a vampire while pregnant, making him a a half human half vampire. Since then, Brooks vowed to dedicate his life to hunting vampires. He is Blade, although he is also known as the “day walker“.
From here and in the absence of an official synopsis, the writers of this reboot can develop the character in infinite directions. The only sure thing is that they are not going to deny everything that Wesley Snipes did in the original trilogy, although this refers more to the characterization of the character and his environment than to specific events.
What they are not going to keep, according to has announced Kevin Feige, is R-rated which limited the extreme violence of the film to an adult audience. Like most Marvel movies ‘Blade’ will be released with a PG-13 rating (ages 13+).
In any case, and although ‘Blade’ is going to join the UCM in Phase 5, already has made a brief first in-universe appearance during the post-credits scene of ‘The Eternals’, where the voice of Mahersala Ali tells Dane Whitman’s character (Kit Harrington) to wield a mysterious sword. Blade already has a place within the Marvel Universe.
‘Blade’: Cast and director of the Marvel reboot
The sad announcement that Wesley Snipes would not repeat as Blade came accompanied with the good news that the relief is going to be taken over by an actor of the stature of Mahershala Alithe double Oscar-winning actor of ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Green Book’, who this time will don the vampire hunter’s leather trench coat.
It will not be the first time that the actor enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He had already voiced Uncle Aaron from ‘Spider-Man: A New Universe’ and played the villain of the first season of ‘Luke Cage’, which seems to indicate that the Netflix series on the Defenders are definitely out of the canon of the MCU. This will, however, be his first role as a leading hero. Fans are already imagining what Ali might look like as the vampire slayer.
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Together with Ali we will find the actor from ‘The harder the fall will be’, Delroy Lindo, in a role yet to be known. Lindo, who had previously worked with Marvel on a pilot for the “Agents of SHIELD” spin-off that was never given the green light, had been on the studio’s list of pending collaborators ever since.
Among the latest developments in the film, it has been known that Mia Goth enters the MCU in this film, in a role still unknown.
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On the other side of the camera, Marvel originally announced as director Bassam Tariq, the Pakistani director of ‘Mogul Mowgli,’ for which Riz Ahmed was nominated for an Oscar. For him, “The exciting thing about the film we are making is that [no] There is a canon for Blade. That he’s a day walker is the only thing that’s been established“Before in the comics, Tariq finds the essence of the character in the work of Wesley Snipes. “A black man created the superhero world we’re in, that’s the truth“.
However, Bassam Tariq has left ‘Blade’ two months before the start of filming, and until a couple of months later we have not met his replacement: Yann Demange (‘Lovecraft Country’).
Finding a writer for the new ‘Blade’ story was almost more difficult. The entire team, and especially Mahersala Ali, had insisted that the writer must have been African American to be able to give the point of view that the character requires. The initial decision seemed to live up to expectations: Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who had stood out in the world of series as the “story editor” (a kind of chief supervisor of the entire series) of ‘Watchmen’, Damon Lindelof’s series. But with the change of director, the script has been almost completely scrapped and a new writer has been hired, Michael Starrbury (‘That’s how they see us’). Starrbury will not be alone, since he also Nic Pizzolattocreator of ‘True Detective’, has signed on for ‘Blade’ as a screenwriter.
‘Blade’: Trailer and poster of Marvel’s reboot
Con the film still in pre-production It’s too soon to consider even seeing a picture of how ‘Blade’ will turn out. Luckily, we can always go to the original trilogy.
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