During Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019 appearance, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that the studio will be producing a Blade film starring Mahershala Ali as the titular daywalker. We’ll give you a minute to process that. Get all the screams out and join us in paragraph 2.
With a Hall H audience already high from getting Black Widow hats and seeing the entire Phase Four MCU crew pose for a picture, Feige returned to the microphone to tease out the following: “You’ve heard about rumors. But I want to leave you with today is one more thing that I don’t think’s been rumored about,” Feige said before welcoming “two-time Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali” to the stage. Ali strolled across the stage, and coolly put on a Blade hat that contrasted nicely with all the Black Widow hats on actors around him.
Yeah. No kidding, Kev. Blade was one of the last Marvel properties on the forefront of anyone’s mind. The first theatrical run for the character began in 1998 with Blade. Wesley Snipes starred as half-mortal half-immortal antihero. The film was well received enough to get two sequels, Blade II (directed by Guillermo del Toro), and Blade: Trinity (directed by not Guillermo del Toro). Snipes’ portrayal of the half-vampire daywalker has long been the definitive one. Snipes even turned up briefly in the first season of FX’s What We Do in the Shadows as part of a council of famous pop culture vampires.
Now Blade is coming back and if there was any way to do this, it was with Mahershala Ali in the title role. Ali has blazed a fearsome trail through the pop culture landscape in recent years. After earning his first Oscar for his performance in 2016’s Moonlight, Ali appeared in big hits like True Detective season 3, Hidden Figures, and Alita: Battle Angel. Ali also won a second Oscar for the heck of it for his work in Green Book. It’s worth noting that Ali is no stranger to Marvel projects, having portrayed villains in both Marvel’s Luke Cage and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (where he played the Prowler) isn’t technically part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Luke Cage (where he played Cottonmouth) isn’t really a part of anything anymore after the cancellation of all the Marvel Netflix shows. So Ali is officially free to turn up in his highest profile Marvel project yet.
Could they possibly find room for a Wesley Snipes cameo? We hope so. If not, Snipes seems cool with the franchise living its best undead life without him.
Blade Release Date
There’s currently no release date for the MCU Blade reboot, and that’s unlikely to change any time soon. Still, the full Marvel movie release schedule stretches all the way to 2023, with a whopping seven release dates in 2022 and 2023 currently unclaimed by other projects. One, for Oct. 7, 2022 would be a great fit for a spooky vampire flick like Blade, but it might be a little too early for a movie that isn’t anywhere near going into production just yet. But then there are four dates in 2023 (Feb. 17, May 5, July 28, and Nov. 3) that might work. We’ll update this as soon as we have official confirmation.
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