Blade: New Report Sheds Light on the MCU Reboot's Troubled Development

Mahershala Ali as Vector in Alita: Battle Angel
Credit: 20th Century Fox

Mahershala Ali as Vector in Alita: Battle Angel
Credit: 20th Century Fox

A new report has shed light on the troubled development of the long-gestated MCU reboot of Blade.

Recently, the project experienced another major setback as director Yann Demange exited the MCU movie, making him the second filmmaker to have left throughout the development.

The situation has posed a lot of questions for fans regarding why the project remains stuck in development despite the basic premise of a Blade movie, and wondering whether there's still hope for it to happen.

New Report Explains Blade MCU Reboot's Troubled Development

According to a recent report that detailed the development process of Blade, Mahershala Ali and Demange have grown frustrated with the prolonged development of the project which led to the latter's exit.

Ali also has a lot of influence over the development of the film as he was the one who hired Demange to helm the project and tapped some of the writers to work on the script including True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto.

When the Oscar winner pitched the project to Marvel Studios back in 2019, he envisioned it to be his Black Panther, according to the sources cited in the report.

Last year, the project almost made it into production, but the Hollywood labor strikes led to another delay. Some of the cast members including Aaron Pierre and Delroy Lindo were let go.

The story of the film has also shifted multiple times throughout its development. It was originally intended as a period piece set in the 1920s and featured Mia Goth as a vampire villain named Lilith who "wanted the blood of Blade’s daughter."

Now, the film is going to be set in the present day. Goth is also still attached to star. The current plan is for writer Eric Pearson to work on the script throughout the summer and then find a new director who will take over the project.

Despite the massive delays, Marvel Studios is still determined to make the movie and it would be interesting to see what the future will hold as they continue to figure out the vampire hunter's official MCU debut.

Most importantly, fans are wondering whether Ali remains committed to starring in the film as the project enters its new version.

Blade is still scheduled for release in theaters on November 7, 2025.

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