The MCU Sword The film starring Mahershala Ali as the titular superhero has hired Bassam Tariq to direct. He first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1973 created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan as a supporting character inDracula’s grave before winning in his own solo series the following year. A dhampir, or half vampire, Blade possesses all the strengths of a vampire without any of the weaknesses, allowing him to walk freely in daylight, earning him the nickname of daywalker from the vampires he fights with.
After a trilogy of hit New Line films in the early 2000s starring Wesley Snipes, rights to the character returned to Marvel Studios in 2012. In 2019, Marvel announced that Mahershala Ali would star in a reboot of the franchise, marking the return of the actor. to the MCU after briefly portraying the villain Cottonmouth on Netflix. Luke Cage. Earlier this year, it was announced that Watchmen Writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour would be writing the script for the film, which allegedly helped Marvel narrow down its long list of potential directors.
According to Deadline, a director of the Sword reboot has now been found, with Bassam Tariq snagging the role. Perhaps best known for directing Mogul Mowgli In 2020, starring Riz Ahmed, Tariq will be the fourth person of color to direct a Marvel movie after Black panthers Ryan Coogler, Eternal Chloe Zhao and The wonders Nia DaCosta. The hiring would correspond with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige’s desire to diversify both the cast and crew of his films., though Marvel has yet to comment on the report.
Apparently Marvel had originally planned to hire a writer and director for the film, but has since decided to separate the two roles. This will probably be a smart move considering the different strengths that Tariq and Osei-Kuffour will bring to the table. While Tariq has only one major film to date, his hiring coincides with Marvel’s goals of identifying young and future talent to direct its projects, similar to hiring DaCosta to direct the 2019 sequel. Captain Marvel.
Ever since the project was announced, Blade fans have been eager to find out who would step into Snipes’ shoes and see exactly how the character would be introduced into the MCU. The announcement of Ali as the title role certainly got fans excited, although information on how he fits into the MCU is yet to come. Interestingly, Blade’s powers in the comics originally stem from an encounter with Morbius the Living Vampire. With that character who will be played by Jared Leto in the next Morbius, set to release in 2022, some have speculated that this could serve as a backdoor way to introduce Blade to the MCU early on, even if it’s only through a cameo. Weather Morbius is being produced by Sony, it will tie directly into the MCU with Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes / Vulture and references to Spiderman: Far from home appearing in the first trailer that was released for the film.
Hopefully, we’ll get the proper confirmation from Marvel in the next few days regarding Tariq’s hiring. Until then, fans will just have to wait patiently for any new information on the long-awaited arrival of the Daywalker to the MCU when Sword begins filming next year.
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