New Details Emerge for Marvel’s ‘Blade’ as Production Continues to Drag Its Heels

Mahershala Ali’s Blade has been in development hell!

The MCU’s upcoming Blade movie has been plagued with production issues, continuing to drag its heels in development hell since its announcement at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. Starring Mahershala Ali, the new Blade movie is expected to be released in November 2025 and will mark the first installment in the Blade series in 20 years, following 2004’s Blade: Trinity.

It’s been more than six years since Kevin Feige brought Ali onstage at San Diego Comic-Con to announce his arrival in the MCU. However, the only reference to Blade in the MCU thus far is the post-credit scene in Eternals, where he briefly interacts with Kit Harington’s Black Knight, albeit off-screen.

Image Credit: New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.

However, fresh details have surfaced from trusted insider Daniel Richtman, indicating that the long-awaited movie is finally poised to commence production soon. Richtman revealed that the film will no longer be a period piece, instead set in the present-day Marvel Cinematic Universe. Furthermore, Blade is part of Phase Six of the ongoing Multiverse Saga within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

According to Richtman’s Patreon post, Marvel Studios intends to integrate Blade into a Midnight Sons project. The Midnight Sons, introduced by Marvel Comics in 1992, comprise a superhero team showcasing Marvel’s supernatural characters such as Blade, Morbius, and Ghost Rider. Richtman had earlier indicated Marvel’s efforts toward a Midnight Sons movie back in February 2024.

Originally slated to commence filming in October 2022, the project faced a setback when director Bassam Tariq departed, leading to his replacement by Yann Demange a month later. Despite plans for production to kick off last summer, it was further delayed due to the Writers Guild of America strike. As per a recent update in Production Weekly, Blade is now scheduled to start filming in Fall 2024.

Image Credit: New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.

Mahershala Ali Has Wesley Snipes Sized Shoes To Fill

Wesley Snipes initially brought Blade to life, aka Eric Brooks, Blade is a human-vampire hybrid (Daywalker) on a mission to eliminate vampires. Directed by Stephen Norrington, Blade proved to be a surprise success, grossing $131.2 million and inspiring two sequels. Guillermo Del Toro’s Blade II in 2002 and David S. Goyer’s Blade: Trinity both achieved box office success.

Mahershala Ali faces the daunting challenge of stepping into Wesley Snipes’ shoes, and considering Snipes’ trilogy still resonates with today’s standards Ali has his hands full  but he has exhibited more than enough patience over the past six years as an Oscar winner. So Let’s hope Marvel swiftly gets this project up and running.

Blade is currently scheduled to hit cinemas Nov 7, 2025.

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