Is Marvel’s Blade Movie Doomed To Fail Despite Mahershala Ali’s Star Power?

Marvel’s Blade movie, starring Mahershala Ali, faces controversy and delays due to behind-the-scenes troubles and ongoing Hollywood strikes.

By Amitabh Mukherji
August 6,2023
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Marvel’s Blade movie, a highly anticipated reboot of the iconic vampire hunter character, has faced numerous delays and production issues since its announcement. Despite the setbacks, the film remains an integral part of Marvel’s Phase 5 and features Mahershala Ali in the titular role. While the release date has been pushed back multiple times, the excitement surrounding Ali’s involvement and the addition of notable names to the cast have kept fans hopeful. However, ongoing strikes in Hollywood have caused a complete pause in production, further complicating the project’s progress.

Mahershala Ali: A Star In The Making

Mahershala Ali

The announcement of two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali as Blade generated immense excitement among fans. Ali’s passion for the role and Kevin Feige’s praise for the actor added to the anticipation surrounding the reboot. Despite rumors of Ali dropping out due to production frustrations, no official statements have been made by Marvel, indicating that he is still committed to the project. With Ali’s talent and dedication, his portrayal of Blade is expected to be a defining highlight of the MCU’s Phase 5.

Production Paused: Strikes In Hollywood

Hollywood Actors Strike

The ongoing strikes in Hollywood have heavily impacted the production of the Blade movie. With no progress being made on the film or other MCU projects during the strikes, the release date has been pushed back significantly. As of August 5, both the Writers and Actors Guild strikes continue, with negotiations failing between the guilds and the studios. The strikes focus on issues like streaming services’ effects on writers and actors’ pay, as well as the need for tighter regulations regarding artificial intelligence in the industry. Until the strikes are resolved, Blade’s production remains on hold.

Behind-The-Scenes Troubles And Release Date Delays

Blade Reboot Faces Production Chaos Is Mahershala Ali’s Influence The Cause Of Delays

Blade’s behind-the-scenes troubles have contributed to its multiple release date delays. Initially set to be directed by Bassam Tariq, the film saw a change in direction due to production delays. Lovecraft Country director Yann Demange took over the helm, further impacting the production schedule. The writing team also underwent several changes, with writers like Stacy Osei-Kuffour, Beau DeMayo, and Michael Starrbury joining and being replaced before finally settling with Nic Pizzolatto working alongside Starrbury. These crew changes and writing shifts played a significant role in the film’s delays.

Blade’s MCU Connection

Kit Harington’s MCU Future Sparks Debate As Blade Rumors Get Shut Down

Blade’s introduction to the MCU was teased in the post-credit scene of Eternals, where Dane Whitman had a mysterious exchange with an off-screen voice confirmed to be Mahershala Ali’s Blade. While some speculated that this indicated Dane Whitman’s involvement in Blade as the MCU’s Black Knight, actor Kit Harington clarified that his character was not meant to appear in Blade. The scene served as a brief introduction to Blade and set the stage for his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


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Despite the numerous delays and production challenges, Marvel’s Blade movie remains an essential part of the MCU’s Phase 5. With Mahershala Ali’s talent and dedication to the role, the anticipation for his portrayal of Blade is high. While the ongoing strikes in Hollywood have caused a complete pause in production, fans are hopeful that once the issues are resolved, the film will finally see the light of day. With the support of fans and the commitment of the cast and crew, Blade’s journey in the MCU is likely to be a memorable one.

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