Mahershala Ali's Blade Movie Receives Filming Update

By Richard Nebens Updated:
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially in full-swing with mind-blowing content starting to arrive every week as the franchise's first Disney+ series WandaVision comes to an end. Not only will 2021 bring the most releases of any year in MCU history with four theatrical movies and six Disney+ shows in total, production will also be in motion for numerous entries releasing in 2022 or later. 

Currently filming right now are both Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel (both releasing in late 2021), the highly anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home for theatrical release in the same timeframe, and two early 2022 arrivals in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder. Both She-Hulk and Moon Knight will reportedly get the cameras rolling in the next few weeks, and Black Panther II is confirmed to kick off its emotional shoot this summer.

Now, news has arrived reporting on the start date for another exciting Marvel property that will be like nothing the MCU has done before.


Both Murphy's Multiverse and ComicBook's Phase Zero Podcast are reporting that Marvel Studios' Blade is set to begin production in late 2021.

The film has Mahershala Ali attached in the titular role and Stacy Osei-Kuffour writing the script, but the movie doesn't have a set release date as of yet.


Blade came in as the curtain call during the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, although it was the project that was the furthest out in development at the time. News on this hyped reboot has mostly been scarce, but it seems like the pieces are starting to fall into place, making this reported start date a real possibility.

Ali has been confirmed as the film's leading man for nearly two years, but Osei-Kuffour was just penciled in as the writer a few weeks ago. Marvel Studios has been actively searching for this project's behind-the-scenes leaders recently, and it seems certain that the next few months will bring more news and announcements confirming the directors and Ali's cast mates.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is on the verge of going supernatural, exploring a whole new side of the story that hasn't been touched on until now. Marvel Studios' Blade was suggested to likely be a PG-13 rated endeavor, and the early foundations for its story may already be laying themselves out early in Phase 4. With the magic and mysteries being touched on in WandaVision on Disney+, vampires could become a part of the MCU long before Maheshala Ali suits up as Eric Brooks.

Marvel Studios' new mystical endeavors will continue in full with Blade, which is now set to begin production in late 2021. It is currently speculated to take Marvel's open October 7, 2022 release slot.

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Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.