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After MCU’s Blade Debacle, Industry Expert Claims Mahershala Ali is a Better Pick to Play Magneto in X-Men Movie

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The new release schedule of Marvel has pushed back the release of four films of the MCU. One of the films delayed is Mahershala Ali’s Blade. Kevin Feige announced Blade at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con and also revealed that Mahershala Ali would be playing the role of Marvel’s daywalker in the film. The actor was also featured in the post-credit scene of Eternals. It’s been three years since the studio announced it, but there is still no progress in the movie.

Blade Reboot, starring Mahershala Ali instead of Wesley Snipes.
Poster of the new Blade movie.

Recently Bassam Tariq, the director of the film, left the project due to a scheduling conflict. His departure from the film also revealed that the script for the film is also not complete yet, and its filming is continuously getting delayed. The Moonlight star is also not happy with the developments of the movie.

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Mahershala Ali Leaving Blade Would be a Massive Blow to Marvel 

The latest updates have revealed that the studio has decided to shut down the project for now. The studio is still looking for a new director and is planning to work on the script of the film.

Meanwhile, one industry expert has advised Mahershala Ali to leave the role of Blade and should try to be Magneto for the next X-Men movie. The Green Book star has been frustrated with the slow progress of the movie, and this frustration may have gotten worse with the latest update.

Mahershala Ali stars as Blade
Mahershala Ali stars as Blade

The Academy Award-winning actor is considered perfect for the role of the vampire hunter. So it would be a massive blow to the studio if he decides to leave the project in the middle of everything.

However, there is no such possibility as the studio would not want another departure from the film. The House of Cards actor is taking over Wesley Snipes, who played the role from 1998 to 2004 in the Blade trilogy.

Read Also: Marvel Halts Blade Filming After Director Departs, Set to Start Filming in 2023 as Mahershala Ali Frustrated With Lame Script

Marvel Announces a New Release Schedule 

Marvel has announced a new release schedule, which would shift the release date of four films of the Multiverse Saga. These films include Blade, Deadpool 3, Fantastic Four, and Avengers: Secret Wars. 

avengers secret wars to conclude the multiverse saga
Avengers Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars will conclude the Multiverse Saga

Under the new schedule, Blade is shifted to 6 September 2024 from November 3, 2023. Some even believe that delays in the production of Blade have caused the studio to change the release schedule of other movies.

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Filming for Blade was scheduled to start in July this year, which was delayed till November. Multiple reports have claimed that the lead actor is frustrated with the slow progress of the film.

Earlier, an insider revealed that the script was only 90 pages which included only two lackluster action sequences. It was also reported that Kevin Feige is too busy with other Marvel projects to help with Blade

Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali

Now that the studio has pushed the release of the film, fans will have to wait a little longer to see Mahershala Ali as Blade. However, the delay may lead to the studio seriously focusing on the film and putting out the best results for fans as now they have more time for its production.

As per the new schedule, Blade will release on September 6, 2024.

Source: Twitter

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.