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Marvel fans worried about the future of the Blade film following this major departure

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The MCU once again modifies the R-rated reboot of Bladewith Marvel fans then suggesting that the vampire film “will never come out” after a major departure from production.

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It hasn’t been an easy journey for this new vampire film set in the Marvel superhero universe, which itself is a reboot of the eponymous 1998 film starring Wesley Snipes in which we follow the story of a half-human, half-vampire man who hunts the creatures of the night.

Since its announcement in 2019, with Mahershala Ali in the title role, there have been numerous setbacks, the latest being none other than the departure of its second director.

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As revealed by The WrapYann Demange, known among others for 71 (2014) or even Undercover: A true story (2018), is no longer in charge of directing the film Blade from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This is therefore the second director to leave the project after Bassam Tariq.

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In addition, Eric Pearson, screenwriter of Black Widowis now working on the screenplay, succeeding a long list of screenwriters attached to the new Blade over the years, including Stacy Osei-Kuffour, Beau DeMayo, Michael Starrbury, Nic Pizzolatto and Michael Green.

It’s clear that this new setback has left fans worried, with one saying this on Reddit: “This film will never be released, we just have to stop the costs.”

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“No…I think they’re just waiting until they can hire real vampires.”joked another, while a third added, “Is it so difficult to make a movie about a vampire slayer? Just a big miss.”

A fourth said: “I’m generally more optimistic about the MCU, but every news story about Blade has been screaming disaster for several years, and people kept believing in this project. I don’t know if that will happen.

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“I could easily see them moving on to a Midnight Suns movie with Blade in the lead, and maybe a Disney+ project that introduces Blade/vampires to the world beforehand. But a theatrical release for a solo Blade film? It does not smell good. I’d like to be optimistic this time, but let’s face it.”

An insider told The Wrap that one of the reasons there have been so many changes is that the MCU just wants to get this reboot right, especially as part of its new focus on quality over quantity.

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During Disney’s second quarter 2024 earnings call, CEO Bob Iger said: “I have worked hard with the studio to reduce production and focus more on quality, this is especially true with Marvel.

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“We will slowly scale back and probably move to two TV series a year instead of what had become four, and reduce our film production from maybe four a year to two or at most three.

“And we’re working hard on that path, we’ve got some good movies in 2025 and then we’re heading into (Avengers 5 and Avengers: Secret Wars), which we’re really excited about.”

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This change came after 2023 proved to be a complicated year for the MCU, with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Secret InvasionAnd The Marvels each failing on their own.

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Despite the pessimistic outlook regarding Bladethe Marvel vampire film is still scheduled to release on November 5, 2025.

In the meantime, you can also learn more about other upcoming MCU projects, such as the films Thunderbolts*, Fantastic Four without forgetting of course Deadpool & Wolverine.

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