‘Blade’ Director Teases New Marvel Movie ‘Builds On Something Very Exciting’


With its high octane action sequences and the stoic performance of Wesley Snipes, the ’90s Blade film franchise left a lasting impression on the public. Marvel Studios relaunches the history of superheroes. And in a recent interview, director Bassam Tariq said he’s building on the legacy to create something very exciting.

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Wesley Snipes’ 90s movie is a cult classic

The first one Blade The film, released in 1998, featured Snipes as superhero Eric Brooks, aka Blade. Based on the Marvel comics, the film tells the story of the Daywalker and his crusade against the dangerous vampires of his city.

Blade was Marvel’s first box office success. This was followed by two suites – Blade II (2002) and Blade trinity (2004). In 2006, the television adaptation, Blade: The Series, aired on Spike TV for one season.

Marvel’s ‘Blade’ director teases something ‘very exciting’

The next Blade the reboot comes from Emmy-nominated writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who is known for her work on shows like PEN15 and HBO Watchmen. While praising the management by Osei-Kuffour of the new Blade story, director Bassam Tariq also praised Marvel boss Kevin Feige and lead star Mahershala Ali.

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“[Stacy Osei-Kuffour is] an amazing writer with an amazing mind, ”he told Collider. “And of course there’s Mahershala Ali, and then you’ve got Kevin Feige. There are a lot of great people that I have a lot to learn from, so for me to be in the room with them, it’s just an honor.

Tariq gave no details. But he’s teased an exciting new movie that builds on the legacy.

“I just take one day at a time and we build,” Tariq said. “I’m so excited people are seeing what we’re building, but we still have a ways to go. Just keep us in your thoughts and prayers with him because he has a legacy, which is exciting. We are building on something very exciting.

When is the Marvel movie ‘Blade’ coming out?

Feige broke the news Blade film at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, and it’s been in pre-production since then. For now, filming is slated to begin in July 2022. Although no release date has been announced, the film is slated for release in 2023.

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Marvel is silent on the details of the story. However, Feige suggested that the film would have a PG-13 rating as opposed to the R rating of previous films. And other than Ali, the studio hasn’t made any casting announcements.

Fans were hoping to see Snipes make an appearance. But in a February 2021 interview with People, the actor revealed he had no part in the reboot and wished Ali and Team Marvel the best of luck.

“I have no involvement, but I support young artists and I support Marvel in their business decisions,” said Snipes. “It’s a beautiful thing. I think it’s a hell of a job. He has a hell of a job to do. “

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