Famed Black Panther Costume Designer Joins Marvel’s Blade Reboot
Costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who won an Oscar for her work on the 2018 Marvel Studios film Black Pantherjoined the upcoming studio Blade to restart.
According to film journalist Will Mavity (of Next Best Photos), “Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther, Amistad, Malcolm X) joined the next Marvel Blade with Mahershala Ali.”
Originally announced during Marvel Studios‘ Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, the new Blade The film is directed by Bassam Tariq from a screenplay by Stacy Osei-Kuffour. It stars the aforementioned Ali in the lead role of Eric Brooks/Blade, a half-vampire who hunts other vampires in order to avenge his mother’s death. Ali made a voice appearance as Blade in the 2021 Marvel Studios film Eternals. At SDCC 2022, studio president Kevin Feige announced that Blade would premiere in theaters on November 3, 2023 as part of Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Of course, Ali won’t be the first actor to portray Blade in live-action. Wesley Snipes starred as Eric Brooks in New Line Cinema’s 1998 film Blade, which has been credited with starting the modern era of Marvel movies. Snipes later reprized his role in 2002. Blade II and 2004 Blade Trinity. Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones went on to play Eric Brooks in Blade: the seriesaired for a single season on Spike in 2006.
Ruth Carter made history with her Oscar win for Black Panther
Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther hit theaters in February 2018 as part of the MCU’s Phase Three. Carter’s work on the film won her the Oscar for Best Costume Design at the 91st Academy Awards, making her the first African American to win the honor. She had been nominated for the award twice before, once for her work on Malcolm X (1992) and again for his work on Amistad (1997).
Carter was tapped to return as costume designer for Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverthe upcoming sequel to the 2018 Oscar-winning Marvel film. wakanda forever is set to hit the big screen later this year on Friday, November 11 – and will wrap up Phase Four of the MCU. In addition to Black Panther films, as well as the aforementioned films Malcolm X and AmistadCarter has worked on films such as do the right thing, Selma, Coming 2 America and much more.
Marvel Studios’ Blade released in theaters on November 3, 2023.