Disney Reportedly Scrapping Marvel Movie Halfway Through Development

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Over the course of several years, Kevin Feige has served as the President of Marvel Studios, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. In this role, he has guided the superhero powerhouse inspired by Marvel Comics and has made a lasting impact on the film industry through the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The zenith of Phase Three in the MCU was reached with the release of Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), marking a momentous achievement for the franchise.

These movies highlighted the genre’s remarkable evolution and firmly established its standing in the realm of entertainment. The culmination of this era also signaled the conclusion of the first three phases of the MCU, collectively referred to as the Infinity Saga.

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) dying looking at Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in 'Avengers: Endgame'
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Following Robert Downey Jr.’s selfless act as Iron Man/Tony Stark and Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers character’s passing of the Captain America mantle to Anthony Mackie’s Falcon/Sam Wilson, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now poised to encounter even more formidable tests. The Avengers are on the brink of grappling with monumental trials as the franchise embarks on the Multiverse Saga, spanning Phase Four, Phase Five, and Phase Six. This grand narrative will culminate with the releases of Avengers 5: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers 6: Secret Wars.

What Is the MCU’s Blade?

Blade, a half-vampire, half-human vampire hunter portrayed by Mahershala Ali is supposed to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper. This film is a reboot or remake of sorts of the Wesley Snipes-led Blade series of films. The film is meant to marks a significant entry in Phase Five of the MCU and is expected to bring a fresh take on the iconic character, promising action-packed vampire battles and thrilling storytelling.

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Originally, Wesley Snipes portrayed the iconic Marvel character Blade in a trilogy of action-packed films released in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Snipes’ portrayal of the half-vampire, half-human vampire hunter earned critical acclaim and solidified Blade as a beloved figure in both the superhero and action movie genres.

In the Blade film series, the main characters include Blade (Wesley Snipes), a half-vampire vampire hunter; Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), his mentor and weaponsmith; Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), the primary antagonist; Karen Jenson (N’Bushe Wright), a hematologist seeking a cure; Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds), a former vampire hunter; and Abigail Whistler (Jessica Biel), Whistler’s daughter and a skilled vampire hunter in Blade: Trinity.

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The new Blade movie, directed by Yann Demange, is scheduled for release on February 14, 2025. The vampire-themed superhero movie about the Marvel character Blade will also star Mia Goth, Aaron Pierre, and Delroy Lindo in currently undisclosed roles.

Is Blade as We Know It Gone for Good?

Recently, it was reported by known Hollywood and Marvel insider, Daniel Richtman (DanielRPK) via @TavernaMarvel that the movie Blade had hit yet another snag.

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Seemingly, the upcoming Blade movie would exist to effectively set up the MCU variants of the Midnight Sons superhero team from the comics — with Kit Harington’s Black Knight and Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight also primed to take the stage. Highly likely to join up are Sorceress Jennifer Kale (Sasheer Zamata) set to debut in WandaVision sequel Agatha: Darkhold Diaries, Ghost Rider (rumored to be Nicolas Cage reprising his role), and maybe even Morbius the Living Vampire (Jared Leto in the Sony Universe). Interestingly, in the Marvel Comics, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch in the MCU) also joined the team later.

However, it seems like Marvel Studios are unable to come to anything promising with this show, and are reportedly scrapping the entirety of the film as it is, starting from ground zero:

(translated) RUMOR: The ‘BLADE’ script is reportedly being rewritten again from scratch.

Clearly, if these reports are true, it definitely seems like the MCU Blade movie is in full “production hell”. Marvel fans have to wait till the fateful Blade release date to see how it all pans out. But with the introduction of the Midnight Sons on the horizon, Marvel Studios are going to have to get their stuff together if they want to pull this all off — and before Avengers: Secret Wars torches the MCU as we know it.

Do you think it was a good idea to wipe the Blade MCU slate clean? Are you excited for this show? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Over on Disney+ (Disney Plus), Marvel fans can watch a multitude of shows from Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and more! Disney+ Originals like Secret Invasion (2023) also can be found, or check out Netflix Marvel gems like Daredevil and Luke Cage for a change of pace. This Multiverse Saga is likely teeing up to something potentially including anticipated new heroes like the Fantastic Four leading up to the epic Secret War of Avengers: Secret Wars.

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