Marvel Reportedly Delays Production on “Blade” Due to Writers Strike

Marvel Studios is reportedly delaying the start of production on Blade due to the ongoing writers strike, according to Deadline.

  • It was just last week that Marvel hired Nic Pizzolatto to write the script for the long-awaited vampire film.
  • Now, Pizzolatto is unable to work on the script due to the strike and Marvel has decided to delay production until the script is ready.
  • Marvel has not commented on this delay.
  • This is not the first delay to production on Blade. Late last year, the film was pushed from a November, 2023 release to its current September, 2024 release just a couple of weeks after director Bassam Tariq exited the project.
  • That resulted in the delay of several other Marvel projects, namely Deadpool 3, Fantastic Four and Avengers: Secret Wars.
  • This time though, Deadline reports that Marvel plans to continue with production on some of their other upcoming projects, including Thunderbolts and that same Deadpool 3.
  • The studio is also currently shooting Captain America: New World Order.

More on Blade:

  • Marvel announced the upcoming Blade film back in 2019 during San Diego Comic Con.
  • Blade follows Marvel’s vampire hunter with a tendency for violence and no tolerance for those who stalk the night.
  • The film will star Mahershala Ali, who won an Oscar for his performance in the film Green Book and appeared in the Marvel Netflix series Luke Cage.
  • The cast also includes Mia Goth and Delroy Lindo.
  • Yann Demange is set to direct the film.
  • Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is producing.
  • Created as a supporting character by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, Blade first appeared in “Tomb of Dracula #10″ in 1973, becoming a cult favorite. He is a human-vampire hybrid thanks to his mother being bitten and killed by a blood-sucker during childbirth.
  • On top of comic aficionados, Blade has built up a generation of fans who grew up watching the Blade trilogy that starred Wesley Snipes from 1998-2004.
  • Marvel’s Blade is currently set to come to theaters on September 6, 2024.
Mike Mack
Mack is the Editorial Director for Marvel and ESPN content and he has covered comic cons, theme park events, video game showcases and other fun events. He is a fan of theme parks, sports, movies, Marvel Comics and is a self-proclaimed "nerd."