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We may finally know when Marvel's upcoming Blade reboot is going to arrive in theaters. This particular project was a surprise reveal last summer during Marvel Studios' massive Phase 4 presentation at San Diego Comic-Con. Few updates have been provided on the movie since it was announced, but it seems that the studio may have secured a rather appropriate release date for the daywalker's return to the silver screen.
Recently, Disney did quite a bit of shuffling around with its 2020/2021 release calendar. This provided new release dates for all of the announced Phase 4 movies, as well as some new dates for the already announced Phase 5 titles. Marvel updated its calendar through 2022 and they have a previously revealed date set aside on October 7, 2022, for a currently untitled movie. Charles Murphy, who has been surprisingly accurate with Marvel scoops in the past, took to Twitter to state that Blade will indeed be the title filling that particular slot. If this is indeed true, it would make sense for a few reasons.
For one, while we know other projects such as reboots of the X-Men and Fantastic Four are on the way, they are in the earlier stages and don't have any cast attached. Blade, meanwhile, has Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali on board to play the Marvel Comics character. The other important element here is that Blade will almost definitely resemble a horror movie, or at least more so than any other MCU entry has up to this point, what with vampires and whatnot being involved. Bearing that in mind, releasing the movie in October would make sense, as Marvel and Disney could capitalize on the Halloween season.
There are a couple of other titles, most notably Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Ant-Man 3 that could slot into that specific release date as well. Both of these movies are happening and seem to be at similar stages of the development process, give or take. Whatever appears in October 2022, it's important to note that we will now have four MCU movies releasing that year. Thor: Love and Thunder was pushed back to February 18, 2022, with Black Panther 2 previously announced for May 6, 2020. Disney also recently dated Captain Marvel 2 for July 8, 2022. That will make it a massive year for Marvel fans.
Blade previously appeared on the big screen in a trilogy of movies that starred Wesley Snipes as the character. Before the reboot was announced, Wesley Snipes revealed that he was working on two potential projects with Marvel, but it seems the studio decided to go in a different direction. Even so, Snipes has been supportive of the project publically. No director is attached to Blade at this time. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This story originated at @_CharlesMurphy on Twitter who has a track record for breaking stories. The topper art comes from iMizurii on Reddit.
Fast & Furious 9, otherwise known as F9 in most Nos circles, has been delayed almost an entire year. So what are all of us Fast and Furious fans supposed to do in the meantime? Rewatching the entire franchise in an afternoon is certainly a viable option in this time of social distancing and self-isolation. We also have Bloodshot new to Digital premium rental. We also have a new video message from Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel and his son, who claim that the problems facing the world at this current time aren't just hurting us, their actually helping us. You can hear them out in the Instagram post below.
Vin Diesel and his son, who just got finished with Mandarin classes, hope to inspire and lift anyone who is currently depressed over this entire situation. Many celebrates have been jumping on the PSA bandwagon, as they are locked in their homes like the rest of us. Though some have complained that these A-List stars have it way better than most people, with their hot tubs, private tennis courts and luxurious swimming pools, while many are isolated in a drab one bedroom apartment unable to afford a can of corn or a Netflix subscription.
Vin Diesel means well in his message, but it will surely be taken many different ways. And that's okay, a lot of people are just angry right now that their entire way of life has been upended for the foreseeable future.
As for Fast and Furious 9, the movie was originally going to open worldwide here in a couple of weeks. Universal made an early decision to delay the F9 release date by almost exactly one year, with the action thriller now set to open April 2, 2021 if all goes well. Vin Diesel most recently starred in the Valiant Comic Book adaptation Bloodshot. It had the unfortunate luck to open in theaters just as all major chains shut everything down across the States. Because of this, Bloodshot was released to Premium Rental on Digital for purchase this past week. And it has been beating the early digital release for Birds of Prey, though that DC Comics adaptation had a longer stay in theaters.
Along with the video of his son, Vin Diesel has also shared a video of his 'little angel Pauline', who can be singing 'He's Got the Whole World in his Hands.' Which is part of director and actor Tyler Perry's #HesGotTheWholeWorldChallenge, whom Vin Diesel refers to as Uncle Tyler, though as far as I can see, the two have yet to collaborate on a movie. Maybe Madea can show up in Fast and Furious 10?
Vin Diesel currently has a lot of down time on his hands. So perhaps we'll see some more inspiring videos in the days to come. The action icon was supposed to set off on a F9 promotional tour, but that is being postponed until next year. It has been confirmed that Fast and Furious 10 is happening, and will bring this chapter of the saga to a close. It has also been confirmed that Hobbs and Shaw 2 is happening with The Rock. So the franchise will live on no matter what....
One of the few good things about not reporting box office numbers at the moment is that we don’t have to see how audiences around America ignore the critically acclaimed, underseen fare in favor of the bad popcorn flick of the month. But it turns out that, even with movie theaters closed around the country, things don’t change much.
Last week, both Bloodshot and Birds of Prey, two comic book movies with wildly different critical receptions, hit digital platforms early amid coronavirus COVID-19 concerns. But despite the abysmal critical reception to Bloodshot which sits at 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, and favorable reviews of Birds of Prey 78% on Rotten Tomatoes, Bloodshot came out on top in video-on-demand sales.
Sony’s Bloodshot and Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey were both made available for purchase on digital platforms on March 24, a big day of digital releases of theatrical films. It was an early digital release for the films, both of which had only recently debuted in theaters — Bloodshot on March 13 and Birds of Prey on February 7.
Bloodshot had seen low box office returns in the weekend it hit theaters, mostly owing to the fact that it was one of the last films to hit theaters before mass coronavirus-affected closures and shutdowns. But you’d hope that audiences were also staying away from the Vin Diesel-starring dud, which /Film reviewer Chris Evangelista called “a big snooze.” Meanwhile, Birds of Prey was considered a box office disappointment for Warner Bros. despite the film’s positive reviews over Cathy Yan’s stylish direction and star Margot Robbie’s gonzo performance, but some of us held out hope that more audiences would “discover” the film once it hit VOD. Unfortunately, it seems more people sought out Bloodshot, which was No. 3 on the list of top 10 best-selling digital releases on FandangoNOW, Fandango’s digital platform. Birds of Prey fell just behind it at No. 4.
However, great movies like The Invisible Man and Onward both did take the top spots, so there’s hope yet. But it seems in the time of self-quarantine, even people bored out of their minds would rather watch Vin Diesel sleepily punch people than watch the candy-colored fun time that is Birds of Prey.
Here is Fandango’s full list of 10 top VOD purchases this week:The Invisible Man Universal – $19.99 Onward Disney – $19.99 Bloodshot Sony – $19.99 Birds of Prey Warner Bros. – $19.99 Jumanji: The Next Level Sony – $4.99 1917 Universal – $5.99 I Still Believe Lionsgate – $19.99 The Way Back Warner Bros. – $19.99 Dolittle Universal – $19.99 The Hunt Universal – $19.99