Kevin Feige says Marvel’s Blade reboot starring Mahershala Ali is “coming together” and promises more updates “very, very soon.”
Announced by the Marvel Studios president and producer during San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019, Blade takes a bite out of the supernatural with the two-time Academy Award-winning Ali playing the vampire hunter popularized by Wesley Snipes. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe-set reboot, Ali is the “daywalker” Eric Brooks, a half-human vampire killer who uses his superhuman abilities to destroy the undead preying on humanity.
When announcing the revised Marvel Studios slate during Disney Investor Day 2020, Feige revealed a brief update on Blade:
“As we announced at Comic-Con last year, we’re moving ahead with Blade, starring Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali,” Feige said. “The development and storylines are coming together, and we’ll have announcements very, very soon.”Feige and Marvel agreed to take a stab at Blade when Ali phoned the Disney-owned studio and told them he wished to play the character after his second Oscar win for Green Book. In October, Marvel was said to be on the hunt for Black behind-the-camera talent on Blade.