I never in a million years expected that BLADE would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but here we are. It was announced in 2019 that Marvel Studios were developing a reboot of Blade that will star Mahershala Ali (True Detective), and now THR has reported that the project finally has a writer.
The outlet reports that Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who worked as a story editor and writer on HBO’s Watchmen series, has been tapped to write the Blade reboot for Marvel Studios. The studio has apparently spent the last six months looking for a writer for the project and Mahershala Ali has been “directly involved” in that search. Only Black writers were being seriously considered for the gig, pointing to Marvel’s focus on diversity and representation. THR notes that Osei-Kuffour will now become the first Black female writer to pen the script for a Marvel movie, while Nia DaCosta will be the studio’s first Black female director with Captain Marvel 2. The next step will be finding a director to helm the Blade movie. In addition to Watchmen, Stacy Osei-Kuffour was a story editor on Amazon’s Hunters and HBO’s Run and also wrote for Hulu’s comedy series PEN15.
Exactly how Blade will be folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe remains to be seen, but now that the franchise is beginning to open up the multiverse with WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, you can imagine how Marvel might introduce the character; after all, there doesn’t exactly seem to be a bunch of vampires running around the MCU at the moment.