The Blade MCU Reboot Is Rumored To Begin Filming In July
According to a recent production listing rumor, the Blade Marvel Cinematic Universe remake will begin filming in Georgia this July
Mahershala Ali, who previously made his MCU debut in Luke Cage season 1 as the minor antagonist Cottonmouth, has been cast as Blade in the film remake, with his casting revealed at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. Soon after, Marvel Studios hired Watchmen alum Stacy Amma Osei-Kuffour to write the script, making her the first Black woman to create a Marvel feature, and Mogul Mowgli's Bassam Tariq to direct. With the primary characters in place, it appears like the Blade MCU revival is finally poised to take flight.
A recent filing in the Film & Television Industry Alliance's Production List suggests that the Blade MCU revival will allegedly begin production this July, some three years after the movie initially started development. The film is apparently planned to begin production on July 4, with Atlanta, GA and New Orleans, LA as filming sites. Screen Rant reached out to Disney for comment and the Film & Television Industry Alliance for confirmation, but neither answered by the time this article was published.
Ali's Blade just made his MCU debut in the Eternals post-credits sequence, when Kit Harrington's Dane Whitman was preparing to wield the Ebony Blade and the vampire hunter questioned him about his readiness. Many speculated that Ali's Blade would appear in Oscar Isaac's Moon Knight series, while others speculated that he would appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, assisting in the quest for the Scarlet Witch and Darkhold. Though Blade did not appear in any MCU title, anticipation for his return has remained strong as Phase Four of the MCU continues its exploration of the supernatural alongside the universe.
The recent word that Blade will begin production in July aligns with a May 2021 story that suggested Marvel Studios had postponed it from its planned September 2021 start date to allow for additional development time. Furthermore, with five unnamed MCU films scheduled for release between November 2023 and November 2024, it is probable that the Blade revival will take up one of these slots if production begins next month. While fans wait for confirmation on whether the production start date is correct, they may watch the original Blade trilogy on HBO Max right now.