Before Blade was going to be an MCU film, it was going to be a TV series until Mahershala Ali got hired for the job.
When talking on the the Tight Rope podcast, here’s what Ali said:
So, in doing [Luke Cage], the day it premiered I turned to my agent and I said, ‘What are they doing with Blade?’ Because I kept hearing that they were trying to find a way to remake it and put it back together, and it was exciting for me to get to be in that Marvel space in TV, but for me, my goal had always been film.
It’s crazy to think that Blade was going to be a series, and probably on Disney Plus. I’m happy that Ali went for the role because I know he will kill it, and his excitement for the role shows. Blade is definitely going to be a fantastic film.