Mahershala Ali’s standalone MCU Blade film is taking longer than expected, despite being announced at San Diego Comic-Con almost three years ago.

The upcoming blade The film, starring Mahershala Ali, has still not started filming, although it has been almost three years since the project was announced by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Since then, all other MCU projects announced at the time have been released, including Black widow, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder. Given that, it seems odd that blade seems to have stayed behind.

Blade, aka Eric Brooks, is a Marvel comics character who has made it his mission to rid the world of all vampires. Also known as the Daywalker, Blade was originally portrayed as a human immune to vampire bites, but has since been retroactively established as a dhampir (a cross between a human and a vampire). Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Blade’s debut with Wesley Snipes is considered the film that first realized the potential success of comic book adaptations in 1998 blade is considered a cult classic after a very positive fan reception. With that in mind, the decision to bring the Daywalker into the MCU was met with a lot of excitement, especially given Mahershala Ali’s impressive acting record.


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In truth, there is no clear answer as to why blade takes so long to make. Report about CBR) suggest that the shooting schedule for blade was pushed back from July to October 2022, raising some concerns that the project could stall. While these delays are worrying, there’s little doubt that the Daywalker will appear in the MCU, not only because of the character’s popularity, but also because he’s already appeared in it, albeit briefly eternal. In an end credits scene, Blade takes on a cameo role when his voice to Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman says: “Are you sure you’re ready for this, Mr. Whitman?”

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The scene between Harington and Ali opens up the potential for Blade to team up with Black Knight, owner of the legendary Ebony Blade. Although Harington’s involvement in neither is standalone blade Although the project hasn’t been officially announced yet, it certainly seems like he’s looking further into the legendary daywalker. Perhaps the studio is trying to adjust schedules for actors like Harington before they can move forward.

Many names have already been assigned to the film. Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre are cast on the project, alongside director Bassam Tariq and screenwriter Stacy Osei-Kuffour. According to a report (via The Hollywood Reporter) the film’s production was originally pushed back from September 2021 to July 2022 to allow Osei-Kuffour to spend more time on the script. There may still be rewrites. The Daywalker’s original blood-soaked comics don’t easily fit into a more familiar PG-13 rating for the MCU, which can cause problems. Creating the perfect fit for the Daywalker’s official MCU debut will undoubtedly take time and multiple designs.

Although the announcement of blade was received with much anticipation and excitement in July 2019, the current waiting time is proving to be frustratingly long. There’s still hope that more news about the project will surface soon, with some speculating that Marvel will reveal new information at this year’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego. Whatever theories there are as to what’s behind the delays, the fact is there’s no definitive answer as to why Mahershala Ali’s Daywalker is still not in front of cameras.

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