Why won’t Marvel give fans any updates on the ‘Blade’ movie?
Between the release of Disney+ shows like WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and constant updates about Phase 4 films like The Eternals and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel fans have a lot to look forward to and currently enjoy.
But there’s one project Marvel has been oddly quiet about: their reboot of the action-packed film about the infamous vampire hunter Blade. Marvel hasn’t announced any updates since March, where it was announced that the film would go into production later this year. Since then, it’s been as silent as a crypt (pun intended).
Luckily, we unearthed a few ancient secrets about why Marvel may be staying quiet about the new Blade movie. Grab your stakes and dive into what we know about the silence surrounding the new Blade movie.
What we know already
The last we had heard about the Blade movie, Mahershala Ali was still attached to the project to play the lead character, with a casting call being sent out for the character of Ruby, a strong supporting character who struggles with growing up in a complex world. There was also confirmation during that time that Marvel was looking for two women of color to play undisclosed roles in the film.
It was also reported during March that Stacy Osei-Kuffour would join the film as the writer, becoming the first black writer to tackle a Marvel film, with no other announcements since then.
As far as production, Marvel was reported to be starting production this September and wrapping by December despite the lack of release date, the official shoot taking place at Trilth Studios. With all of this news and at least some vague deadlines, why has Marvel suddenly gone quiet about the project?
Many have speculated that the reason for the lack of updates on the project may be due to a desire to keep fans from getting spoiled. Many point to the gap in the Phase 4 release calendar from last year, stating this may be when the film will be set to debut, furthering the MCU along.
This wouldn’t be the first time the MCU was able to play the long game with fans. Despite having already wrapped filming, Dr. Strange: Multiverse of Madness has had very few of its secrets revealed, with no set photos or rumors surrounding the film as of right now.
Is Marvel trying to keep its production of the Blade movie under wraps to prevent spoilers? Or is it because they’re waiting on another dark film to descend from the shadows?
After all, what’s a vampire hunter without vampires to slay? Along with some of the more traditional titles that will appear in Phase 4, Marvel is placing the Sony-made wildcard Morbius into its timeline, letting the dark film stand side by side with the bright heroes of light and justice.
The film is set to debut on January 21st, 2022 with a gothic horror feel that will give the MCU a brand new direction to go. It will also give Blade someone to hunt, as the two cross paths often both in comics and in other media such as their guest appearances in the 1994 Spiderman animated series.
Perhaps Marvel will begin to leak more details as this blood-pumping film gets closer, hyping fans up for the final showdown between this blood thirsty doctor and the halfling hunter determined to take him down.
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