Mahershala Ali’s Blade, the next film from Marvel Studios, has been temporarily postponed due to a number of adjustments that have occurred behind the scenes. After a minor hiccup, production is continuing under the direction of Lovecraft Country director Yann Demange. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, recently had a conversation with Entertainment Weekly on the recently completed Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the recently begun Phase 5, and the future of the enormous media company.
At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel revealed that Bassam Tariq will helm their eagerly awaited Blade film. The start of production was planned for November of the same year. However, Tariq withdrew from the project as a result of a number of adjustments made to the manufacturing schedule, which forced a postponement.
One of the inquiries posed during the interview was regarding the status of Blade, which is scheduled for release in September 2024. In the coming weeks, filming for the movie will start in Atlanta, according to Feige. The project’s recently appointed director Yann Demange was reportedly on location in Atlanta getting ready to start filming, according to the company president.
Beau DeMayo has been replaced as the screenwriter of the film by Michael Starrbury, the When They See Us script’s Emmy-nominated author. Bassam Tariq has resigned as the project’s director, but he is still involved as an executive producer. Other changes include the addition of Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre as the main cast members.
The Impact of Tariq’s Departure on Other MCU Releases
After Tariq left, it’s amazing to observe how Blade’s influence spread throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the director’s resignation from Blade, a number of forthcoming projects had their release dates changed, which had an impact on other MCU movies. Affected projects included Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 3 and Hugh Jackman’s return to the critically acclaimed Wolverine role. The premiere of Deadpool 3 was postponed from September 6, 2024, until November 8, 2024. As a result, the debut date of Matt Shakman’s brand-new Fantastic Four film was changed from November 8, 2024, to February 14, 2025.
The publication of Avengers: Secret Wars, which was initially planned to wrap up the Multiverse Saga on November 7, 2025, was also delayed by the postponing. Due to the need to reschedule other films, its release date was changed to May 1, 2026. However, Blade’s scheduled debut date is still September 6, 2024.
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