By Stephen Ippolito | January 6th, 2021
Pre-production for Blade is in full swing. Yesterday, The Direct was first to spot photos on Blade writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour’s Instagram story that showed Zoom meetings between her and other Marvel Studios creatives.
In the first photo, we see Osei-Kuffour, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Co-President Louis D’Esposito, director Bassam Tariq, and producer Eric Hausserman Carroll. In the second one, Osei-Kuffour, Tariq, and Carroll appear again, but this time they are joined by Blade himself Mahershala Ali.
While it’s not known when the pictures took place, some online have speculated that it was around the time of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ release (September 3) because Feige has its logo on his hat.
Other than Ali, the only other known casting for the film is Delroy Lindo. It’s been thought that he will play Jamal Afari, who in the comics is the one that raises and trains Blade.
While Ali’s Blade has yet to make an actual appearance in the MCU, his voice can be heard during the post-credit scene of Eternals. In the final moments of the scene, when Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman is about to touch the Ebony Blade, he’s heard asking him if he’s sure he’s ready to use the sword.
Announced at San Diego Comic Con in 2019, Blade currently has no release date. If filming starts this summer, it probably won’t hit theaters until late 2023 or early 2024.