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Mahershala Ali to star in Blade, Marvel reveals at Comic-Con 2019

Didn't see that one coming...

2019 Comic-Con International - Marvel Studios Panel

Mahershala Ali and Kevin Feige attend the Marvel Studios panel during Comic-Con International 2019. 

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Marvel Studios went wild and revealed its Phase 4 movie lineup at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 this Saturday, but still managed to come up with one big surprise: a new version of Blade, starring Mahershala Ali, is also on the way.

At this point we have little info other than Ali's casting. Most likely Blade will be a cinematic release but it could appear on Disney Plus.

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It's been awhile since Blade has had any screen time. The last time we saw him he was being played by Wesley Snipes. Blade's return is a timely one.

No release date was announced. But others like Black Widow (May 1, 2020), the Eternals (Nov. 6 2020), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings  (Feb. 12, 2021), Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness (May 7, 2021) and Thor: Love and Thunder (Nov. 5, 2021) all now have concrete dates.

It's going to be a big couple of years for Marvel and Disney.

Originally published July 20.