‘BLADE’ Set for Late 2021 Start of Production
Marvel Studios Mahershala Ali-led Blade reboot is set to begin production later this year. Brandon Davis revealed the news, which I can confirm is accurate, on this weekend’s Phase Zero podcast. With Spider-Man: No Way Home, Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye all wrapping up over the next couple of months and She-Hulk and Black Panther II up next in Atlanta, Blade would have to be a Fall shoot should it film there. And with Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, Captain Marvel 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 all set for the UK shoots this year, it would seem more likely to be a stateside project than not, though there’s been no official word from the studio.
After a 2020 in which everything on the slate took a hit, it looks like Marvel Studios is making the most of 2021 in anticipation of a HUGE 2022. Blade appeared chronologically slated between July 2022’s Black Panther II and November 2022’s Captain Marvel 2 on Disney’s official Investor Day Fact Sheet back in December. Moving into production later this year indicates not only that Blade is much further along than many fans think but also that it could indeed be ready for theaters for Fall of 2022, perhaps even the October 7, 2022 date that Marvel Studios has yet to abandon despite reshuffling their release slate several times. Less than a month ago we got the news that Stacy Osei-Kuffour would pen the script for the film so the next logical steps are the announcement of a director and casting for the film’s additional leads and supporting characters ahead of the late-2021 start of production.
Source: Phase Zero Podcast