Marvel’s very own vampire slayer is coming back in action, and it’s happening as you read this. We haven’t seen Blade ever since the trilogy, starring Wesley Snipes ended in 2004. But Marvel Studios made it loud and clear at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2019 that Blade is indeed coming back to the MCU. Moreover, the Disney+ series Loki also proved that vampires do exist in the Cinematic Universe. So, how far has the movie come along in terms of production? Well, here’s everything we know about the upcoming MCU Blade movie. Check it out!

History & What Is The Title

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In reality, Blade was actually a surprise hit because the production went ahead with an R-rating. It was a major risk that eventually paid off. But the franchise did not stop there. The fans wanted more of Blade and so they got it in Blade II and Blade Trinity. But the talks for another movie in the franchise fell out when the MCU did not see a reasonable way of fitting the character. So, the Blade franchise wrapped up in 2004.


It was announced in February that the upcoming MCU movie will be titled Blade: The Vampire Slayer. It’s currently rumored that it will be an origin story. However, the tile will help also the movie to stand apart from the previous trilogy. Another rumor that is circulating is that Blade will in fact teach his daughter the art of slaying as well. Now, if it is true, then this is something that is surely a part of the latter part of the film.

Release Date & Team

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As of now, there is no confirmed release date. But the MCU release roster looks somewhat like this – Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings, Eternals, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and The Marvels. There are so many that haven’t been mentioned yet. And of course, Blade the Vampire Slayer is far from being conceptualized right now. So, my estimate is that the movie will release around 2023 end or 2024 definitely.

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No one has been officially assigned to direct the upcoming movie yet. But do not worry as we have some serious candidates for you to consider. Deadpool 2director David Leitch could be in serious consideration as he has already expressed his desire for the position. Also, the guy has a knack for gory films and would justify a Blade movie.

Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali

Apart from David, we have Jordan Peele. And the final candidate is none other than the Aquaman director James Wan. The director has shared in an interview that he actually pitched a script for Blade back in 2013, which obviously went nowhere. But one good news is that TV writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour has already been chosen to pen the script. And of course, it’s Mahershala Ali who will play the titular character.

Mahershala Ali In The MCU & Feige On Blade

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Ali is no stranger to the world of Marvel as he’s already worked on two projects. He first appeared as the Prowler in Sony’s animated hit Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. He also played Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes, in Netflix’s Luke Cage series. And now, he’s playing the titular character in Blade the Vampire Slayer. Marvel is now slowly leaning towards R-rated films, and we can expect this one to be the same as well. Speaking of R-rated films, we have to talk about Deadpool 3. During Marvel’s panel at the Television Critics Association, Feige had some thoughts about the upcoming R-rated content in the MCU. He said:

“You know, other than Deadpool, which has already established itself as a certain genre and a certain rating that we’ve already said we would not mess with when we start working with Deadpool – which we have. Other than that, we’ve not ever encountered a story, or a storyline, or a character’s journey that a PG-13 or the tone or the ratings that we’ve been using up to this point has prevented us. But that just hasn’t been the case yet. We’ve been able to tell all the kinds of stories we’ve wanted to with the tonality and the rating structure that we have now.”


So there is no doubt when it comes to MCU’s Blade being an R-rated flick. I mean, the guy is all about killing and slaying his victims in half, so why not do it properly? But if the character holds this rating, then they would have to find a way to include Blade in the overall MCU picture with other characters. Nevertheless, R-rated films have been a success for Marvel, for example, Deadpool!

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