Despite its divisive nature, Eternals featured a post-credit scenes that excited many Marvel fans with the hint of Kit Harington’s Black Knight appearing in the upcoming Blade film. However, recent rumors indicate that his role may be reduced or cut entirely.
This rumor comes from Jeff Sneider of The Hot Mic podcast, who reveals that the troubled production of Blade have led them to “cut out the fat.” While that paints good news for the film’s overall quality, Sneider goes on to say this may paint bad things for Harington’s role in the film:
“But the script I heard about was like 87 pages, like there wasn’t enough and they’d shaved it to the bone,” He told his co-host John Roca “What they’d cut out I heard is that ‘Blade’ was gonna tie-in with ‘Eternals’ and Kit Harington’s Black Knight. Black Knight’s not really involved in the ‘Blade’ thing anymore.”
This is only the most recent of many controversies surrounding the Blade production. Just last year, Blade had to be put on hold just two months before production as its director left the project. This report also suggests that prior rumors of extensive script rewrites may still be in the process of taking place. The future of the Blade film is unclear, but fans can only hope that the extra time put into the project translates to extra quality.
The talent behind the Blade movie
White Boy Rick and ’71 helmer Yann Demange is directing Blade, working from a script by Michael Starrbury, one of the writers behind Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series When They See Us. Bassam Tariq was originally supposed to direct the movie before exiting his post, citing scheduling conflicts.
Prior its creative overhaul, Blade featured a cast that also included Delroy Lindo, Aaron Pierre and Milan Ray. It’s unclear if the actors are still attached to the movie, as it was first expected to begin production back in November 2022.
Marvel Studios veterans Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito and Eric Hauserman Carroll are producing Blade. Bassam Tariq is expected to receive an executive producer credit on the movie despite his exit from its director’s chair.
Blade is currently scheduled to hit theaters on September 6, 2024. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!