Following the news that Blade will be written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour, it’s been revealed Marvel only considered Black writers for the movie’s script.
When it came to finding a screenwriter for their upcoming Blade movie, Marvel only considered Black writers for the project. Marvel has pegged playwright and Watchmen screenwriter, Stacy Osei-Kuffour, to write the script for Blade. Mahershala Ali, who has won Oscars for both his recent performances in Moonlight and Green Book, is set to star as the titular vampire slaying hero. Although no concrete release date is set, the film will release as a part of Marvel’s Phase 5 roll out.
The cult-favorite story of Blade follows a Black human-vampire hybrid hero who devotes his life to saving the world from vampires by extinguishing them all, with his mixed physiology giving him immunity from a vampire’s bite. Previously, it has been most prominently portrayed in a successful film trilogy, starting with 1998’s Blade, starring Wesley Snipes as the hero. During a San Diego Comic-Con presentation in 2019, Marvel announced they would be rebooting the character as a part of the MCU, simultaneously presenting Mahershala Ali as the new Blade. Since then, Marvel fans have been waiting for more details to come to light.
The team behind Blade has begun to fill out as Stacy Osei-Kuffour is set to pen the script for the upcoming vampiric reboot. As THR reports, Marvel spent an arduous six months trying to find the perfect screenwriter for the film. Throughout this search, the studio only considered Black writers. This showcases Marvel’s dedication to diversifying not only their representation of heroes and heroines on screen, but also the creators that make these stories come to life off screen.
This news makes Stacy Osei-Kuffour the first Black female writer to pen a Marvel movie. Likewise, Nia DaCosta, who will be directing Captain Marvel 2, is Marvel’s first Black female director. Osei-Kuffour began her career as a playwright and poet based out of New York. She has worked on many critically-acclaimed projects including Hulu’s comedy series Pen15, which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2019 for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. However, Osei-Kuffour has most notably received recognition for working on Damon Lindelof’s reboot of Watchmen, which earned 11 Emmys in 2020 including Outstanding Limited Series. Osei-Kuffour and DaCosta join the ranks of many creators, mostly from the Black Panther franchise, who pioneered Black representation in Marvel. Most notably is Ryan Coogler, Marvel’s first Black director, who was at the helm of Black Panther and is returning to direct the sequel, Black Panther 2.
In the wake of the loss of the Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, who gave Black Marvel fans everywhere a leader in which to see themselves, the serious commitment to diversity in Marvel’s approach with its latest Black hero is welcoming news. While there is also some nervousness about the future of the Black Panther, Black Panther 2 joins Blade as part of Marvel’s Phase 5 along with other big sequels such as Captain Marvel 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. However, if as much care is being taken with the Black Panther franchise as is being done with Blade, Black Marvel fans who don’t usually get to see themselves in the lead role, can be rest assured that they will have even greater representation coming their way in the future.