Filming for Blade MCU movie begins in October
The news was silent on Blade before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though that changed after the studio’s Hall H panel at Comic Con. Kevin Feige took the stage to announce that Bladefeaturing the two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, green paper) would begin filming in October. BladeA release date has also been announced, with the film set to hit theaters on November 3, 2023.
Blade was first announced in the same room three years ago, alongside Ali’s casting reveal. This movie and Fantastic 4 are the only projects announced at the MCU panel in 2019 that have yet to be released, although there have also been soft mentions of Wonders, Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverand Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic threw several wrenches into Feige and Marvel’s plans. Moreover, we now know that Blade will be part of Marvel’s Phase 5, making its delay even clearer.
film for Blade is set to take place at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, with the city becoming synonymous with a filming location for several Marvel projects. Other filming locations will include New Orleans, Cleveland, Ohio and Morocco. The only other casts confirmed in the project are Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods) and Aaron Peter (old) in mystery roles, although it is highly likely that Eternals‘Dane Whitman, played by Kit Harington, will appear in the film. Blade’s voice was briefly heard in the post-credits scene of this film, questioning Whitman’s choice to use the Ebony Blade. Presumably, this ancient artifact will be a major feature of the film.
Bassam Tariq (Mughal Mowgli) is directing the film, based on a screenplay by Stacey Osei-Kuffour (watchmen, Pen15). It’s unclear what direction the film will take, particularly how close it will be to being an Eric Brooks/Blade origin. In the comics, Brooks was born as a human/vampire hybrid, as his mother was killed by a vampire while delivering her son. Blade uses this origin to become a vampire hunter, as he is immune to vampire bites.
Marvel is certainly going deeper into the realm of horror with movies like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the announcement night werewolf with Gael Garcia Bernal. Nothing has been said about this latest project other than that it’s a Halloween special released on Disney+. However, with Disney’s D23 fast approaching in early September, expect Feige and Marvel to draw the curtain even further on Blade and the rest of the current Sage multiverse.
Blade will be released in theaters on November 3, 2023.