BLADE And THE FANTASTIC FOUR Rumored Details Reveal More About Marvel's Plans For Upcoming Reboots

BLADE And THE FANTASTIC FOUR Rumored Details Reveal More About Marvel's Plans For Upcoming Reboots BLADE And THE FANTASTIC FOUR Rumored Details Reveal More About Marvel's Plans For Upcoming Reboots

We have some exciting possible details for Blade and The Fantastic Four, including what the deal is with Mahershela Ali and the sort of actor Marvel Studios hopes to cast as H.E.R.B.I.E. Check it out!

By JoshWilding - Feb 22, 2024 02:02 PM EST
Filed Under: Blade

Blade has now gone through several different creative teams and release dates, leading to a widespread belief that the movie must be in trouble. It has, after all, been nearly half a decade since it was announced, though the pandemic can be blamed for at least some of the delays. 

Marvel Studios does appear to be struggling to crack the Daywalker's big screen return, though we now have a positive update from scooper Daniel Richtman

He disputes recent claims that Oscar-winner Mahershela Ali is considering leaving Blade and confirms that Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049) is rewriting the script. Ali is reportedly happy with the changes being made and it looks like filmmaker Yann Demange will be the one who gets the movie to the finish line. 

The leaker also mentions that Midnight Sons remains in the works at Marvel Studios, with the current idea being that the team will be made up of characters who haven't assembled alongside The Avengers. As a result, Doctor Strange is unlikely to appear. 

As for The Fantastic Four, Richtman backs up Jeff Sneider's recent claims that Javier Bardem has the current offer for Galactus and notes that Marvel Studios hopes to cast at least two more villains. 

When it comes to casting the robotioc H.E.R.B.I.E., they're looking for a comedian - male or female - to take on the role and that's prompted this X post from Ricky Gervais:

Earlier this month, Marvel Studios announced that Pedro Pascal (Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic), Vanessa Kirby (Sue Storm/Invisible Woman), Joseph Quinn (Johnny Storm/Human Torch), and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Ben Grimm/The Thing) will lead The Fantastic Four cast. 

The Fantastic Four, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, debuted in 1961. The team is comprised of Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Susan Storm (Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (The Thing). They gained superpowers during a space mission, becoming Marvel's first family of superheroes.

Director Matt Shakman has worked with both Avatar: The Way of Water co-writer Josh Friedman and WandaVision's Cam Squires on the latest draft of The Fantastic Four's screenplay. The movie is now scheduled to be released in theaters on July 25, 2025.

As for Blade, that's still scheduled for next November but is expected to shift into 2026. It could come later, of course, but Marvel Studios really needs to pull the trigger on this movie before the moment passes!

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WhateverItTakes - 2/22/2024, 2:47 PM
@slickrickdesigns - does this include your statement?
SpiderParker - 2/22/2024, 3:56 PM
@WhateverItTakes - Well, if his statement is false, it would make his statement true. ;)
ReverseFlasher - 2/22/2024, 4:33 PM
@SpiderParker -

bkmeijer1 - 2/22/2024, 4:49 PM
@WhateverItTakes @SpiderParker - the statement says "not everything", so some things are true. Guess the statement isn't contradictory
slickrickdesigns - 2/23/2024, 9:12 AM
@WhateverItTakes - now you’re starting to get it.
DarthAlgar - 2/22/2024, 2:44 PM
Conan O' Brien.

Technically not a comedian, but he's funny and his voices would be fitting.

Bill Hader has great range, but again, technically not a comedian.

I wouldn't mind seeing the robot with a Dave Chappelle voice, but Disney is probably too butthurt about his standup. 🤔
CoHost - 2/22/2024, 2:46 PM
@DarthAlgar - Chappelle would be dynamite.
KWilly - 2/22/2024, 2:47 PM
@DarthAlgar - Oh no, Conan is definitely a comedian. And he'd be a great choice. I listen to his podcast, and the amount of different voices he can pull of convincingly is amazing.
DarthOmega - 2/22/2024, 2:54 PM
@KWilly - Technically he is an entertainer who makes people laugh, so it's technically true. But he is a comedy writer and a host. Also one of the funniest people alive since Norm died.
DarthOmega - 2/22/2024, 2:57 PM
@DarthAlgar - I think Disney is about to start straightening up their act. Not sure when, but times are changing. SNL has Shane Gillis hosting this week. With that they will see a large boost in viewership. Also many of their recent moves have been highly scrutinized. The brand isn't doing so well in the eyes of the public. Certainly not doing as well as they were. You can only virtue signal for so long before that bottom line forces you back into reality.

But then again people are very hard headed nowadays so who knows
thewanderer - 2/22/2024, 3:11 PM
@DarthAlgar - Bill Hader would be perfect.
HulkisHoly - 2/22/2024, 3:14 PM
@DarthAlgar -

Conan or Hader are INCREDIBLE CHOICES!
ComicBandit - 2/22/2024, 3:44 PM
@DarthAlgar - Why are you all still thinking that when they say Comedian, they mean a male Comedian? 😂😂😂
regularmovieguy - 2/22/2024, 4:00 PM

Dave Chappelle hasn’t been funny in years. He used to be my favorite comedian and the GOAT but sheesh, it’s hard for me to get through his stand up now. Dude’s scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Apophis71 - 2/22/2024, 4:12 PM
@ComicBandit - Considering there are three men and one female on the team I would expect the preference would be to go female voice IF they can pull it off and make it unique enough to prior female voice AI's the MCU has had. Either way some will take issue with it however, cos the internet being what it is.
TheGrayGhost - 2/22/2024, 4:13 PM
@DarthOmega - Initially I thought Bill Burr was the best ridiculus/funny choice, but after your comment now I'm thinking of how funny it would be for Shane Gillis to voice HERBIE..."oh yea Doom, well I'll be over to Latveria to kick your as in 10 minutes" lol
RolandD - 2/22/2024, 8:21 PM
@DarthAlgar - What do you call a guy who gives comedy monologues five times a week for 28 years? A comedian. It’s literally standup comedy; it was just done in a specific format. Yes he was a talk show host but so was Oprah and Phil Donahue.
DarthAlgar - 2/22/2024, 9:34 PM
@regularmovieguy - Dave Chappelle is held to the highest standard by most comedians.

Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, etc...

I'm going to side with them.
DarthAlgar - 2/22/2024, 9:38 PM
@regularmovieguy - Also, I neglected to mention I don't feel he's scrapping the bottom.

His stand ups have been a massive success. Netflix doesn't censor him.

Is it his political jokes that you're not fond on?
DarthAlgar - 2/22/2024, 9:42 PM
@RolandD - He never wrote those monologues.

A real comedian writes their own material.
DarthAlgar - 2/22/2024, 9:51 PM
@RolandD - Also, let me expand on that. He's not a comedian in the vein of Ricky Gervais or Kevin Hart while I think that's the type they're going for.

Maybe Conan is a comedian in a sense. He's definitely great at improv.
DarthAlgar - 2/22/2024, 9:57 PM
@ComicBandit - Why are you so easily lit by my comments?

You're trying to masquerade your anger with laughing emojis. 😏
DarthAlgar - 2/22/2024, 10:07 PM
@KWilly - His podcast is indeed fantastic. He's a people person.
DarthAlgar - 2/22/2024, 10:14 PM
@DarthOmega - That Shane Gillis hosting blindsided me.
DarthAlgar - 2/22/2024, 10:28 PM
@Apophis71 - And there's nothing wrong with that.

Hell, Melissa McCarthy would be perfect. That prick was just looking for something to be outraged about.
regularmovieguy - 2/22/2024, 11:33 PM

His specials don’t feel like stand up as much as they do an old man yelling at a cloud. He used to be incredible, and in the world of comedy he is still the GOAT because he is that respected. And his reputation still goes a long way.

I just couldn’t tell you a joke that has legit made me laugh out loud from him in a long ass time. Definitely not close to the level he was in the 2000s. Killing Them Softly is probably my favorite comedy special from anyone.
Bokis - 2/23/2024, 1:32 AM
@DarthAlgar - Didn't Bill Hader voice that robot in the Power Rangers movie?
RolandD - 2/23/2024, 9:16 AM
@DarthAlgar - Hey, I get what you’re saying and I was feeling a little bit salty when I wrote this although I still stand by what I said. He is a comedy writer and I am sure wrote at least some of his material. A lot of comedians have employed writers and some are more famous for stealing their material than writing it. 😂
ComicBandit - 4/1/2024, 1:52 PM
@DarthAlgar - Um. No. Just thought it was odd no one was thought about it. Read again. Without the smugness. 👀
ComicBandit - 4/1/2024, 2:01 PM
@Apophis71 - I agree.
WakandaTech - 2/22/2024, 2:45 PM
They Can't get Blade of the Ground but are planning a Midnight Sons Movie?

Feige and Marvel are just lost and have no plan

Who would of ever thought after Endgame that Feige and Marvel would fumblee such historic success with 5 years of mostly crap
WakandaTech - 2/22/2024, 2:46 PM
@WakandaTech -


Will they earn woke credit points if they call it Midnight Suns instead of Midnight Sons
mountainman - 2/22/2024, 2:52 PM
@WakandaTech - Obviously the team name is based on the term Midnight Sun, and this wouldn’t be their most ridiculous change from the source material. Would still be done most likely as a way of non-gendering the team.

This would be way less annoying than changing the X-Men team name, as the rumors stated a while back.
bkmeijer1 - 2/22/2024, 4:51 PM
@WakandaTech @mountainman - I even like Suns more than Sons. Partly because of the term Midnight Sun, bit also because I wanna see Elsa Bloodstone on the team. And she isn't a son (afaik)
mountainman - 2/22/2024, 5:02 PM
@bkmeijer1 - Shed be a nice addition to the team, but I guess I’m old school and don’t think a team called Midnight Sons can’t have female members (just like the X-Men).
bkmeijer1 - 2/22/2024, 5:15 PM
@mountainman - yeah it's not really an issue for me either, but neither is a name change.

With X-Men I never even saw Men as in dudes but more as the race of men. I kinda read it as humans, with the X indicating the presence of the X-Gene. X-Men just sounds cooler than X-Humans.
thedrudo - 2/22/2024, 2:46 PM
The Blade update is maybe Ali is finally happy with the direction they are taking the character? Woof.
mountainman - 2/22/2024, 2:50 PM
Please don’t make Herbie Jack Black. He seems overused these days in voice work and will already be the cute and snarky robot in Borderlands.
DarthOmega - 2/22/2024, 2:59 PM
@mountainman - I love Jables but he is overused nowadays. Also Tenacious D is going on tour but not in the U.S so I'm a little peeved. Lol
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