‘Blade’ Finally Back On Track With New Writer and Director

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Mahershala Ali with Kevin Feige when Blade was announced

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For a few weeks, Mahershala Ali’s Blade was in a bad spot.

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After losing the director and having a terrible script, the movie was a disaster. Ali was unhappy, Feige was reportedly unhappy, and the fans were unhappy. Due to this, the movie was delayed, pushing projects further away, with Avengers: Secret Wars (2026) being pushed back six months.

Blade is something fans have been waiting for since it was announced in 2019. Since then, fans have been waiting for the supernatural side of the MCU to spring forward. Sadly, Marvel has been cautious with a few projects scratching the surface, such as Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight and Werewolf By Night.

Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant/Mr. Knight
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At one point, fans expect to see more of the supernatural side of the MCU take the spotlight. The Midnight Sons are the perfect super hero to handle mysterious problems that other groups like the Avengers wouldn’t be suited to handle. With more supernatural characters entering the MCU, this team-up feels inevitable.

Unlike most MCU characters, Ali’s Eric Brooks/Blade has already made an offscreen appearance after he talked to Kit Harrington’s Dane Whitman/The Black Knight about if he was ready to touch the Ebony Blade. This fun cameo made many fans excited for the character’s arrival into the MCU.

Dane Whitman (Kit Harrington) looking down at the ebony blade
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Due to the delay, Blade went from releasing a year from now to September 6, 2024, which means fans will wait even longer to see the movie. While delays are not fun, the movie finally found a new director and writer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Yann Demange, who directed the pilot for HBO’s Lovecraft Country, will be the new director. Michael Starrbury will be penning a new script for the movie, and he has won an Emmy for his writing for an episode of When They See Us.

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After the disastrous start for Blade, it’s doubtful that Marvel wants to repeat the same mistakes, which is why Kevin Feige must trust the two to deliver something worthy and exciting to the MCU.

It will be a while before the movie is ready for fans, but at least fans will be neck deep into Phase Five with Jonathan Major’s Kang the Conqueror jumping into all sorts of projects as the villain begins to take his spot as the new big bad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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