‘Blade’ Star Mahershala Ali Teases Progress On MCU Reboot

It seems fans are finally getting some good news about the upcoming Blade reboot. The film’s star Mahershala Ali teases the MCU project is making progress.

Blade has perhaps been one of the most troubled projects in the MCU. Losing both scripts and directors left and right, many fans feared this reboot of the Wesley Snipes classic was doomed to fail. However, there may finally be a reason to hope, with Mahershala Ali assuring fans the project will be back on track sooner rather than later:

“We’re working on it. That’s the best I could tell you. I’m really encouraged with the direction of the project. I think we’ll be back at it relatively soon.” Ali revealed in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview. “I’m sincerely encouraged in terms of where things are at and who’s on board and who’s leading the way as far as the writing of the script and the directing and all that. So that’s the extent of what I can tell you.”

While some of the reboot’s struggles have been exaggerated, with the film’s former writer confirming that claims Blade was a “fourth lead” to a narrative led by women was bogus, it’s clear the film has had some issues. Luckily, it seems Mahershala Ali is committed to bringing a quality project to the MCU, no matter how long it takes.

The Talent Behind Marvel’s Blade movie

Yann Demange, known for directing White Boy Rick and ’71is at the helm of Marvel’s Blade movie, with a script penned by Michael Green, who wrote Logan. Bassam Tariq was initially set to direct but had to step down due to scheduling conflicts.

The original cast of Blade included Delroy Lindo, Aaron Pierre, and Milan Ray, but it’s uncertain if they’re still attached to the project since it was supposed to begin production in November 2022 before undergoing a creative overhaul. For now, Blade is expected to begin shooting in a few weeks.

Blade is being produced by Marvel Studios veterans Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito and Eric Hauserman Carroll, with Bassam Tariq receiving an executive producer credit despite leaving the director’s chair. The movie is currently scheduled to hit theaters on September 6, 2024

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