A leaked production listing has surfaced to disclose a premature synopsis for Marvel Studios’ forthcoming film reboot of Blade, starring Mahershala Ali as the Daywalker.
The information in question was revealed on Twitter by user Moviebuff1219 (@dodgerfan4life9). It says that Marvel Studios’ Blade is being in “active development.” It also enlists several key persons involved in the production, including director Bassam Tariq, producer Kevin Feige, screenwriter Stacy Osei-Kuffour, and casts Delroy Lindo and Ali. Click here to know how to watch Marvel Cinematic Universe in order.
It has become evident to everyone by now, an unpredicted surprise hopped on in one of the post-credits scenes for Eternals. In the particular scene, we can see Dane Whitman (Kit Harington) praising the Ebony Blade and as he slowly approaches to touch it after short positive self-talk, an invisible voice echoes: “Sure you’re ready for that, Mr. Whitman?” It was definitely Mahershala Ali’s Blade, which stirred a lot of confusion among viewers. Meanwhile, Marvel India had supposedly revealed that the film is all set to be premiered in the month of October next year.
— Moviebuff1219 (@dodgerfan4life9) November 26, 2021
However, in the latest development as reported by industry magazine Production Weekly, there’s another delay in the production plans as the shooting of the film isn’t set to begin until late summer 2022, which would prevent the previously whispered release date of October. It seems that viewers would have to wait a bit longer for any possible scuffling with Whitman’s Black Knight.
As revealed by Production Weekly, the rumored synopsis for the upcoming Blade movie will be perfectly in line with its original comic books, or the earlier on-screen editions. “Himself a half-human/half-vampire, ‘Daywalker’ Eric Brooks (Ali) has honed his abilities to hunt down the undead who have long terrorized mankind,” the synopsis reads. “A human-vampire hybrid since his tragic birth, Blade has spent his long life seeking to rid the world of vampires like the one that killed his mother. Over the years, he has mastered his own style of fighting monsters of all kinds,” it further reveals.
The leaked document also reveals that the production of Blade is scheduled to start in the late summer of 2022 at Trilith Studios in Atlanta. This validates the information previously shared by The Hollywood Reporter, which also stated that the production of the movie was scheduled for late next summer when it initially broke the news of Lindo’s casting earlier this month. This information would seem to discredit the official Marvel India’s tweet (which was quickly deleted) back in October, which claimed the release date of Blade to be October 7, 2022.
The production dates of two other highly anticipated MCU titles were revealed in this issue of Production Weekly. Werewolf By Night, the Halloween special of Disney+ will be arriving for the Halloween season in 2022, and the production is all set to proceed between February and March next year. However, not many details on the plot of the project have surfaced, other than that Gael García Bernal will be in action for the lead role of Werewolf by Night.
Echo, another anticipated series set to occupy Disney+ in the coming year or so as a derivative of the currently airing Hawkeye, is also scheduled for production in early 2022 in Atlanta. It seems that that the show might come earlier than viewers expected, with a premiere possibly happening late in 2022 or early-2023. The film will revolve around the character of Echo, a deaf Native American, played by Alaqua Cox in Hawkeye.
The character of Eric Brooks aka Blade was created by Gene Colan and Marv Wolfman, and first showcased in The Tomb of Dracula #10 in 1973. In 1998, Eric Brooks made his live-action debut, with Wesley Snipes playing the role of Dhampir in the film Blade produced by New Line Cinema. Later, Snipes reappeared in the role of Blade in Blade II (2002) and Blade: Trinity (2004).
The Blade trilogy was later followed up by the television show Blade: The Series, in which Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones took over the character of Eric Brooks. Blade: The Series aired for a single season consisting of 13 episodes from June to September 2006.
Feige, at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, officially revealed that Marvel was producing a film reboot of Blade as a part of MCU, with Ali to star in the lead role. This will feature Ali in the second major live-action Marvel role, who previously played the key adversary Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in Marvel’s Luke Cage (season 1) on Netflix in 2016.
Technically speaking, Ali officially made his big-screen Marvel debut in a voice cameo as Blade in the post-credits scene of Eternals earlier this month. “It was scary,” Ali stated while talking about the cameo after Eternals was released in theaters. “Because, you know, you’re talking before you’re filming it. I’m pretty particular about my choices, like most actors, and so having to make some choices — even with a line, vocally — this early on, it brought up some very real anxieties. And it made the job real. It’s like, ‘Okay, this is happening now,’ you know, and that’s exciting.”
As of today, the information about the official release date is still not clear, although Feige earlier confirmed that the reboot of Blade would not be part of MCU’s Phase Four.