The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe Blade movie has reportedly faced significant challenges, raising concerns about its progress. Troubles within Marvel Studios have extended beyond Blade, exacerbating the situation. The production has been marred by director and writer changes, as well as alterations to the movie’s overall concept. These issues have persisted, prompting Marvel Studios to take action.
According to reports, script problems for Blade had become so severe that the film’s lead, Mahershala Ali, contemplated leaving the project. In response, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige enlisted Logan writer Michael Green to revamp the entire story. The goal is not only to rejuvenate the project but also to persuade Ali, an Oscar-winning actor, to stay on board.
Blade’s challenges have been evident for some time, and with the film now slated for a 2025 release, it’s also reported that its budget will be under $100 million. While still a substantial sum, it falls below the typical budget for a Marvel Studios film. However, Blade is not the only concern on Marvel’s plate.
Another significant issue revolves around Jonathan Majors, who plays Kang, a pivotal character in Marvel’s future plans. Following credible abuse allegations against Majors, there was uncertainty about his involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as he had already filmed several appearances, including for Loki season 2. This situation has added to the challenges Marvel faces in moving forward with the Kang storyline.
Despite these challenges, Marvel is known for its ability to generate excitement and hype for its projects. They have teased potential connections to the X-Men and even rumored a return of the original Avengers. However, addressing issues with characters like Kang and Blade is crucial for Marvel to maintain its status as a dominant force in the entertainment industry.
Blade is currently aiming for a tentative release in 2025.