Of all the Marvel announcements made at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, none were as surprising as the announcement of a new Blade movie with Mahershala Ali what director Bassam Tariq signed a few months later.
Since the announcement of the new movie, the rest of the MCU has continued to follow new film projects like Shang-Chi and the next one Eternals, both of which reinforce how the MCU has become a much more mystical, otherworldly place during Phase 4. So far, there has been little news about how Tariq Blade could end up fitting into the MCU down the line. But in a recent interview with The playlist the director has spoken a bit about his experience with the project so far. While Tariq did not go into details of the script for the film, which was written by the writer by Stacy Osei-Kuffour, he explained how Marvel gave the creative team enough freedom to build a narrative at the service of the story they wanted to tell. .
“What’s great is that it’s not as framed as I think people imagine it to be, which I thought it was,” Tariq said. “But it’s pretty exciting, and I think the reality is there is no Blade cannon.”
Tariq expanded on his point on the comic book canon of Blade with a comparison to Peter Parker who, although appearing in a wide range of Marvel properties located in a variety of universes, has a fairly well established tradition that the great audience is roughly familiar with. With Blade, who has appeared in Marvel comics since the ’70s and was one of the first Marvel characters to appear in a big movie, that’s not exactly the case. “In some comics his name is Fred H. Blade, you know, instead of Eric Brooks,” Tariq pointed out. “Unfortunately the descents have never lasted so long and there have been some interesting and exciting waves. But I can tell [the new movie is] character first.
Between the comics and Marvel’s video games, Blade also had a moment that the new film could take inspiration from. Over the past few months, Blade has played an important role alongside other Avengers in Marvel’s King in black comic book series, who saw the Daywalker become the new sheriff of the vampire nation formerly known as Chernobyl. Likewise, Blade is one of the headliners of 2K games’ Midnight suns, an upcoming tactical RPG built around a new incarnation of the 90s supernatural heroes team Midnight son comics. While some fans may dispute the way Tariq phrased his statements, it’s not wrong to point out that Blade’s canon is all over the place and doesn’t need to be crammed into just one movie.
With Blade, there’s a lot to choose from, and given how the new project aims to reintroduce the character to a new generation, it will be very fascinating to see which elements end up becoming the basis of the MCU’s canon. Blade is scheduled to begin filming in July 2022.
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