In spite of the raft of questions surrounding the film, Blade has quietly elevated into one of the most anticipated flicks on the Marvel slate.
Unfortunately, fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see the Daywalker once again.
A new report from The Hollywood Reporter indicates that Blade’s production has been delayed from this coming September, to July 2022 as Disney and Marvel apparently need additional time to fine-tune the script, penned by Stacy Osei-Kuffour of HBO’s Watchmen.
At this time, Blade has yet to secure a director, though THR indicates that the search to fill the chair is already beginning; according to the same report, Marvel is looking to secure a black director for the film, and they’ll likely be looking at the same names as WB for the upcoming Superman penned by Ta-Nahisi Coates.
First announced by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, Blade will see Mahershala Ali follow in the footsteps of Wesley Snipes, who starred as Blade in the original trilogy of vampire hunter movies between 1998 and 2004.
Upon the announcement of Ali’s casting in the new version of Blade, Snipes tweeted for upset fans to “chillaaxx” about Ali’s casting, before sharing further thoughts on the news:
“I’m happy for him to be considered. I’m happy for them looking at him. Flattery… what do they say? Imitation is the best form of flattery.
I’m appreciative of getting the love, and [that] I’ve created something that others want to carry on and maybe put their own stamp on it.”
Marvel’s MCU continues to move forward at a steady pace with the new phase of cinematic adventures including Thor: Love And Thunder, The Eternals, Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.