In an early episode of Loki, Owen Wilson rattles off a list of dangerous variants the Time Variance Authority has dealt with. “You know, we brought in Kree, Titans, vampires. Why is it the two orphan demigods are such a pain in the ass?” he asks. We’ve seen Kree (they’re the blue ones in Guardians and Captain Marvel) and the big bad of the Infinity Saga, Thanos, is called the Mad Titan. But we haven’t encountered any vampires…yet.
The last time we saw Blade, he was played by Wesley Snipes in Blade:Trinity co-starring Ryan Reynolds, who will also be entering the MCU! Now the half-vampire vampire hunter is coming to the MCU played by be two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. Two years after the project was announced, it has found a director in Bassam Tariq.
Deadline announced that Tariq, who directed Oscar nominee Riz Ahmed in Mogul Mowgli, was the winner of a nail-biting race between dozens of candidates. While Mogul Mowgli had a lower profile than the biggest film franchise on the planet, it tracks with Kevin Fiege’s commitment to putting diverse talent with unique voice behind the camera as well as in front. Similiarly, The Rider landed Chloe Zhao The Eternals, and now she is better known for winning Best Director and Best Picture for Nomadland.
Tariq will direct a script from Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Watchmen, Pen15), and hopefully, we’ll get insight on what the script will be about, and how Marvel plans to bring Blade into their cinematic universe. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go rent Mogul Mowgli.