‘Blade’ Could Be Delayed Until 2026

Been hearing a lot of rumors about Blade recently? The Marvel vampire film was announced way back in 2019 (!!!) with Mahershala Ali as the Daywalker himself. And he has stuck around through all of the many delays, director changes, script rewrites, because this is obviously a role he really feels close to. Well, he might have to wait a while longer…like a couple of years.

Jeff Sneider at TheInSneider essentially confirms the rumors of another Blade delay as the film gets retooled, possibly until 2026. This comes just a few months after its current November 2025 date was set. Considering not a single frame has been shot, and production doesn’t even seem close to starting, this is unsurprising.

There’s an upside, though, because Ali is said to be happy with the new direction, so he won’t walk away like he nearly did last year before Michael Green (Logan) took over the screenplay from True Detective‘s Nic Pizzolatto and a host of others. Also, with Disney seeking to release few Marvel films each year, the only thing currently established for 2026 is Avengers: Kang Dynasty. Blade could take a prominent spot near what should be the superhero event of the year.

With all of these delays, it throws a lot of what we know about Blade into question. While director Yann Demange (71) is still aboard, it’s unclear the status of co-stars Mia Goth, Aaron Pierre, and Delroy Lindo. Actor availability is so limited that we could see any or all of them walk.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’ll believe Blade is a real movie when I’m sitting in my seat and the opening credits roll, and perhaps not even then.


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.