By Stephen Ippolito | May 5th, 2022
It looks like we found our answer as to why Blade was not part of Marvel Studios’ upcoming film’s reel that was released on Monday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has pushed back its filming start date from this September to July 2022. Unfortunately, this likely means that the Mahershala Ali-led film will not hit theaters till mid to late 2023, possibly 2024.
The reason behind the delay was to give Stacy Osei-Kuffour more time to work on the script. The writer was brought on board by the studio in February.
Also revealed in The Hollywood Reporters‘ post are some of the directors Marvel is eying for the project. The outlet says that the studio is looking at some of the same directors that WarnerMedia is for their Superman reboot. The list includes Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II), J.D. Dillard (Sweetheart), Regina King (One Night in Miami), Shaka King (Judas and the Black Messiah), and Barry Jenkins (Moonlight). It’s said that Marvel is still in the early stages of the selection process. So it might be a little while until someone gets chosen.
Blade was announced by Marvel Studios at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019. It was arguable the biggest surprise of the presentation when Ali came out wearing a Blade hat at the very end of it. In February, it was hinted by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige that, unlike previous films, their Blade will be rated PG-13 and not R.