After a bit of silence, we finally got the announcement that Marvel Studios’ adaptation of Blade is in final negotiations for Da 5 Bloods‘ Delroy Lindo to join the project. The film will see Mahershala Ali take on the iconic role that introduces the concept of vampires into the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic universe. We’re still waiting for a sign when the project might start production. Well, it turns out the announcement article on Lindo‘s casting was hiding away a little note.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is planning a late Summer 2022 production start. It would put it on time to potentially release in Halloween of 2023. It’s not uncommon for these projects to shift around depending on availability and how far pre-production is. Bassam Tariq is taking on directing duties for the production based on a script by Watchmen‘s Stacy Osei-Kuffour.
Blade just recently had his first official appearance in Eternals but was only heard as a disembodied voice in the background. It’s uncertain if he might appear in a different project ahead of release, such as the upcoming Moon Knight series that might offer a look into the supernatural world. There’s also the upcoming Werewolf by Night Halloween special that seems like a perfect time to see what he’s up to after his meeting with Dane Whitman.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter