Mahershala Ali Is Marvel's New Blade

Lawrence Kim
July 22, 2019

Marvel studios president Kevin Feige, flanked by dozens of Hollywood stars, revealed the post-Avengers roster of films to a stunned hall in San Diego. Given the change in dynamics, fans were hoping that Marvel Studios would shed some light on the new Avengers team at the San Diego Comic-Con.

But nothing in the MCU is ever what it seems. Fans were vocal about their disappointment with the character's twist portrayal in Iron Man 3, so this time around, Marvel has brought on Tony Leung (The Grandmaster) to give the character a breath of fresh air.

And just as a nice tease, Feige revealed that these titles include Fantastic Four, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, and a film that could, possibly, feature some mutants.

The recent Disney/Fox merger has made both additions to the shared universe possible, meaning that the confirmation isn't exactly unexpected-but it is certainly more than welcome.

All of these announcements came alongside more details for the MCU TV series that will be offered through the Disney+ service. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles as Falcon and the Winter Soldier respectively for a similarly titled Disney+ series. As a result of adding two Spider-Man movies and an Ant-Man sequel, the release dates for the back half of Phase Three shifted a bit, but other than that Marvel stuck pretty closely to its schedule.

But part of Marvel's strategy going forward includes shows scripted for Disney+ with storylines that will overtly influence what fans will see on the big screen. And oh, there was a surprise at the end, with Mahershala Ali revealed as the new Blade. The last time we saw him he was being played by Wesley Snipes.

Angelina Jolie is officially joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Monica first appeared in the MCU as a child in Captain Marvel, and in the comics she was the second Captain Marvel.

On May 7 of that year Benedict Cumberbatch will also be returning in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, which director Scott Derrickson will bring to life, and stranger still is the What If? series, hitting Disney+ in summer of 2021.

Tom Hiddleston will revive his villainous role as Loki (spring 2021).

He finished the panel - the most anticipated of the four-day event - by announcing that Oscar victor Mahershala Ali will front a Blade reboot.

After leaked set photos and videos, Marvel finally confirmed the highly anticipated Black Widow with Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz.

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