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Everything You Need To Know About Mahershala Ali’s “Blade” Reboot
The MCU “Blade” reboot will star Mahershala Ali as the titular Blade. He is notable as the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar, which he won for his supporting performance in “Moonlight." Fann breaks down what we know about Ali's upcoming role in the MCU.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is brimming with potential, including a slew of movies coming soon to theaters and an array of TV shows soon available for streaming on Disney+. One of the most anticipated upcoming entries to the MCU is the Mahershala Ali-led action flick “Blade” (2025).
The original “Blade” trilogy (1998 - 2004), which starred Wesley Snipes, achieved both immense acclaim and occasional criticism from reviewers, and brought Marvel's vampire superhero into the limelight well before the MCU was underway. While the 2025 reboot is still under development and many details remain under wraps, Fann is here to break down the information that we do have about Marvel’s upcoming “Blade.”
Who is starring in “Blade?”
The MCU “Blade” reboot will star Mahershala Ali as the titular Blade. He is notable as the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar, which he won for his supporting performance in “Moonlight” (2016). Ali went on to win the same award for “Green Book” (2018). Ali previously worked with Marvel when he voiced Aaron Davis in the animated films "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (2018) and "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" (2023).
Following Ali’s role in Marvel’s “Luke Cage” (2016 - 2018) as the complicated villain Cottonmouth, he approached Marvel Studios to express his interest in playing Blade in the MCU. Marvel didn’t have plans for a “Blade” movie at the time, but Ali's exceptional talent and enthusiasm caused MCU producer Kevin Feige to consider adding the film to the studio’s lineup, and the film was born.
Ali will be joined by an impressive ensemble cast, including millennial scream queen Mia Goth, frequent Spike Lee collaborator Delroy Lindo, and Aaron Pierre of “The Underground Railroad” (2021) fame. None of their roles have yet been specified.
Who is Blade?
Blade, whose real name is Eric Brooks, is a Marvel Comics superhero. He is a human-vampire hybrid known as a dhampir, possessing the strengths of vampires without their weaknesses to sunlight and silver. Blade is a vampire hunter who has dedicated himself to eradicating the undead creatures responsible for his mother's death. He made his first appearance in "Tomb of Dracula" #10 in 1973.
Blade is famous for his combat skills, expertise in various weapons and his iconic sword, which has been coated with a special serum to kill vampires effectively. Over the years, Blade has become a prominent character in the Marvel Universe and has appeared in various comic book series, as well as the aforementioned trilogy of live-action movies starring Wesley Snipes.
What will the story of “Blade” be?
As of now, no story details have been revealed or teased for the “Blade” reboot. It’s safe to assume that the film will delve into aspects of Blade's origin and how he became a vampire hunter. However, in the vein of recent MCU installments, it’s possible that the film will brush past Blade’s origins to focus on his seasoned and experienced role as a vampire hunter. This approach would allow the film to address where Blade has been throughout the MCU's history. The specific beats of Blade's story will likely hinge on which supervillains from Marvel’s gallery of rogues that Blade will face in his inaugural film.
The Disney+ Halloween special “Werewolf By Night” (2022) introduced potential threats that Blade could encounter, establishing that monsters — including vampires — have existed in the MCU for centuries. This gives Marvel the flexibility to bypass Blade's origin story entirely and leap right into his role as an established vampire slayer.
When will “Blade” release?
As of now, “Blade” is scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, Feb. 14, 2025 — the perfect Valentine’s Day date for comic book–loving couples everywhere.
The “Blade” reboot was originally slated to release this year and was later postponed to 2024. In June 2023, Disney shared that several Marvel movies would be delayed, including “Blade” and other films featured in the MCU’s 5th and 6th Phases. These postponements were prompted by the SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes; the duration of the strikes may cause Marvel to further delay “Blade,” which has not yet started production.
While waiting for “Blade” (2025), fans can revisit the original “Blade” films via streaming with a Max subscription or revisit the Marvel Cinematic Universe in its entirety on Disney+.