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Marvel Already Has A Solution To Its Blade Movie Problems

Marvel Studios Sheet has unfortunately been delayed by the search for a new director, despite the fact that the perfect solution to Marvel’s problems has been secretly revealed in recent weeks. The search for a new director for Sheet began when previous director Bassam Tariq left the project due to scheduling issues. This, in addition to the announcement that Beau DeMayo is writing a new script for the project, led many to believe Sheet would be delayed, which Marvel Studios confirmed in October 2022, shifting the film from a November 2023 release to September 6, 2024.


Despite the nearly year-long delay, Marvel Studios is still aiming to begin production on the film in the first half of 2023 if a new director is found and the script is ready. However, Kevin Feige and his production team need look no further than the recently released Marvel Studios Special Presentation Werewolf at night in front of Sheet‘s new director, with Michael Giacchino as a perfect solution to the latter’s recent woes. Giacchino directed the recent TV special that introduced a more supernatural, horror/monster-based portion of the MCU, proving that his directing skills could be perfectly applied to a Sheet project.

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Michael Giacchino Shows What Marvel Horror Can Look Like

While Werewolf at night wasn’t the most terrifying movie compared to modern horror movies, and even some other MCU movies, it was very similar in style and tone to old monster/horror movies from the 1930’s and 1940’s. By directing the film in a way that mimics the horror movies of the time, going as far as shooting in black and white, imitating the role changes and implementing practical effects, Giacchino has more than proven his qualities as a horror director. While Blades horror would probably be very different as it is much darker in tone and likely to be less campy than the 1930s style of horror and fears seen in Werewolf at nightthese skills that Giacchino used can very easily be transferred to Sheet. It was clear from Werewolf at night that Giacchino had a firm grasp on how to create an eerie, dark, horror-like atmosphere with the composition of the shots, the actors, the performances, and his own score.

All these attributes can be transferred to: Sheetwhich would only be helped by the bigger budget that would come with an MCU feature film, and make Sheet another notch in Michael Giacchino’s Marvel horror belt. another element of Werewolf at night what Giacchino has proven could be in a Marvel horror movie is the action. The fight scenes in Werewolf at night are very skillfully directed, including very long stretches to showcase excellent choreographies and stunts. One scene in particular shows this competence and the strength of the titular Werewolf at night, by including truly innovative camera work as a long shot pushes down the hallway toward a closing door and slowly drains the light from the room as Jack Russell brutally puts the Bloodstone guards to work. Combined with the horror skills Giacchino possesses, these action sequences would be perfect for a Sheet movie that should rightly be a 50/50 split between a Marvel superhero action movie and a scary vampire monster movie.

Why Bassam Tariq Left Blade

While researching why Giacchino would be a perfect option for SheetHowever, it’s worth investigating why the original director, Bassam Tariq, left the project. Tariq was confirmed as director of Sheet in September 2021 with a script by Stacy Osei-Kuffour. However, Tariq’s troubles with the project started when Marvel Studios and lead actor Mahershala Ali were reportedly frustrated with the film’s original script, according to a report by Jeff Sneider of The Ankler. This report came shortly after Tariq’s departure from the project was announced. That said, Marvel Studios remains adamant that Tariq’s departure is not a result of the script rewrite, but the scheduling issues that resulted from it. Beau DeMayo, who worked with Marvel on Moon Knight and X Men ’97, was hired to script the Sheetwith the rewrites causing a schedule shift that unfortunately meant that Tariq could no longer stay to lead the project.

It is likely that Marvel Studios and the producers of Sheet, were aware that DeMayo’s rewriting of the script would take some time, and warned Tariq of the film’s near-guaranteed delay. This likely meant that Tariq left the planned departure due to the amount of time he would have to spend fixing the film, potentially causing scheduling conflicts with future projects. After all, by the time of their departure, Tariq had been officially involved with the film for over a year, and filming was not likely to begin for another six months to a year. All of this affects why Tariq left Sheetpotentially leaving the door open for Giacchino to come in as his replacement.

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What Michael Giacchino’s Knife Could Look Like

Michael Giacchino’s Sheet could, surprisingly, be similar in many ways Werewolf at night, with the two possibly setting up the MCU’s Midnight Sons. Initially, according to reports of Stacy Osei-Kuffour’s first draft of Sheet, the film is said to be a period piece set in the 1920s that explored Eric Brooks’ origins, with the comic book character initially being born during that period. According to these reports, the film would feature multiple time jumps, possibly through the 1900s. While Beau DeMayo is hired to completely rewrite the script, he will likely still incorporate these elements if Marvel Studios accurately portrays the origins of Blade’s comic book. If this is the case, Giacchino has already proven what his version of is Sheet could appear by directing Werewolf at night as a horror film from the early to mid-20th century.

If Giacchino Directed Sheet and the film was indeed split between the early 20th century and the present, despite some calls for Sheet to ignore the comics, Giacchino was able to use his directing skills to give the film two distinct, yet connected, styles. The 1920s sections could be akin to what was seen in Werewolf at night, perhaps not to the same extent with the black and white cinematography and attempts to look like old film, but with a more historic feel and style. Giacchino could then make the modern sections look like a more contemporary action horror, using his keen eye for action, also seen in Werewolf at night to have superheroic, but scary, action scenes. This would allow Sheet to be a perfect hybrid of historical and contemporary action horrors, as Michael Giacchino has proven beyond a doubt that he is capable with Marvel Studios’ Werewolf at night.

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