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‘Marvel is looking to go with a darker tone on this film’: MCU’s Blade Fuels R-Rating Rumors, Reportedly Darker and Grittier Than Any Marvel Movie Till Date

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Reports of Blade reboot have been wreaking havoc among the fans for several months. After Marvel’s latest hiring of people, fans can expect a darker and grittier version of the beloved franchise.

It has been alleged that the series may receive an R-rated certificate for the horror tone and (possibly) the violence to be shown to the audience.

Wesley Snipes in Blade (1998).
Wesley Snipes in Blade (1998).

Marvel’s Recently Hired People of Blade Reboot

It was recently reported by Deadline that Marvel Studios hired Yann Demange and Michael Starrbury to join in on the Blade reboot project. Yann Demange is known for projects like Lovecraft Country and White Boy Rick both of which offer dark tones and serious settings. Michael Starrbury while on the other hand is known for being the writer of When They See Us. While both of these people are too ‘dark’ and ‘gritty’ for Marvel, that’s exactly what Blade reboot needs.

Yann Demange is recently hired for the Blade reboot.
Yann Demange is recently hired for the Blade reboot.

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There were rumors that the Blade reboot would not be as much dark as the previous Blade Trilogy due to the Disneyfication, but insiders claim differently.

“Marvel is looking to go with a darker tone on this film than other MCU projects have been in the past.” cites Deadline. Alongside, The Hollywood Reporter agrees with the statements “the new intent is for Blade to dark and gritty in tone, falling on the edgier side of Marvel fare and maybe even find common shading with the fondly-remembered Blade movies made in the early 2000s by New Line.”

After the reports of Yann Demange and Michael Starrbury joining the franchise, the Blade reboot will surely be tenser and would be following a much heavy tone compared to other Marvel projects.

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When The Blade Reboot Was In Trouble

Michael Starrbury will be working with Yann Demange on the Blade reboot.
Michael Starrbury will be working with Yann Demange on the Blade reboot.

Related: Did Marvel Give Blade Star Mahershala Ali Creative Authority to Rewrite Script After Original Script Left Him ‘Frustrated’?

Although Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali has been cast as the main protagonist of the movie, there were indeed times of trouble with the franchise. Before Yann Demange was made director, the project was helmed by Bassam Tariq. The reason cited for the departure of Bassam Tariq from the Blade franchise was a creative difference (much like Henry Cavill). Following the exit of Bassam Tariq, the franchise was lost for a moment.

After the news of Yann Demange helming the project, it has been reported that the Blade reboot is back on track. Many insiders claim that the script so far has been only 90 pages and features only two action scenes till now.  Sources also said that Mahareshala Ali is not happy with the way how things are going in the franchise.

Whatever the case, Blade will begin production in 2023 and is slated for a release date of 6th September 2024. The Blade franchise is available to stream on Hulu or the Disney+ bundle (with Hulu).

Source: Movie Web

Written by Visarg Acharya

Visarg Acharya joined FandomWire in 2022 as a Content Writer. Along with a penchant for writing, Visarg claims that words are the only true language made for him. Currently pursuing his B.Sc in Physics, the combination of Physics and Marvel make up for an interesting talk. Visarg reads books in his spare time along with an occasional series to accompany him.