Marvel’s ‘Blade’ redesign finds its director –
Put your teeth in this.
It’s been almost two years since Kevin Feige introduced Mahershala Ali as the MCU’s Blade in Hall H at San Diego Comic Con. While production on the film has yet to begin – it is slated to begin next July – today, Deadline reports that a director has finally been chosen for the project.
According to the site, Bassam Tariq will lead the project. He previously directed the independent drama Mughal Mowgli, which starred Oscar nominated Riz Ahmed.
He is the third name to join the project after Ali and Stacy Osei-Kuffour (HBO’s Watchmen), who was announced as the film’s screenwriter a few months ago.
Although the franchise surpasses the 20-movie mark (25 if you include their Disney + series), Tariq is only the sixth director of color to lead a Marvel project.
Among the names initially reported as surrounding the project’s directing role included Barry Jenkins, Regina King, JD Dillard and Shaka King. Despite, his work on Black Panther, Ryan Coogler’s name was also in the mix. While the list of other directors vying for the project has not been revealed, Deadline says it was Tariq’s unique vision that ultimately wowed Marvel.
While Tariq is not a household name, that will certainly change as he joins the long list of other independent directors who have been catapulted into the limelight due to their contributions to the MCU.
From now on both Blade does not have an official release date, but is still believed to be part of the MCU’s fourth phase. We have an even stronger hunch on this given that vampires were ultimately confirmed as part of the MCU in Episode 4 of Marvel’s Loki season one.