Bassam Tariq, Blade’s director exits Marvel franchise 2 months from production

A news source has reported that Bassam Tariq is no longer the Blade director for Marvel Studios. Tariq’s resignation is unexpected because filming for Marvel’s next film. 

The famous comic book vampire slayer was supposed to start in November. Along with Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre in supporting roles, Mahershala Ali will play the lead in the movie.

According to those with direct knowledge of the matter, Tariq will continue to be involved in Blade. As an executive producer, even if he will no longer be the director. In the summer of 2021, the director confirms his appointment to the project. Also, he had previously directed Riz Ahmed’s rap drama Mogul Mowgli in 2020.

Bassam Tariq on working with Marvel Team

Working with the fantastic people at Marvel has been an honor. We could put together a superb cast and crew. Tariq confirmed his resignation as director in a statement. He said he looked forward to seeing where the next director takes the film.

Release Date of Blade’s Film

It is still unknown how Tariq’s departure would affect the Blade development schedule. Further Blade development release is on November 3, 2023. 

A significant delay for Blade could potentially unexpectedly change Marvel Studios’ enormous slate of content. Given the meticulously planned chronology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It sees events from different movies. Television shows influence the storylines of subsequent entries.

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List of Directors Left Marvel Studios apart from Bassam Tariq

Tariq is not the first director to leave a Marvel Studios movie after a lengthy pre-production period. Four months before filming began on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson announced his resignation. Later, Sam Raimi took over the undertaking.

Additionally, over the summer, Disney’s impending Fantastic Four revival lost Jon Watts as its director. But that movie is aiming for a much later release date of November 8, 2024. Watts directed the three Spider-Man films in the MCU while at Sony.

Surprise Cameo

The Blade has been approaching for a while. After Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation. Ali made a surprise cameo to make the project’s initial announcement at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019. Fans reacted to the arrival in a disorderly manner, offline and online.

Since then, Ali has made his MCU debut in the role. In a post-credits sequence of 2021’s Eternals, the vampire slayer is chatting to Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman and can hear the actor’s voice.

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