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Marvel Studios built a "massive train set" for an upcoming movie that it'll never use, but Disney hopes someone else will

Marvel Studios made a massive train set for the upcoming Blade movie, but now doesn't need it. What do you do?

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For sale: A massive train set, never used.

The original vision for Marvel Studios' long-coming Blade movie under its first director Bassam Tariq was for it to be primarily set in the 1920s, and Marvel Studios reportedly built a "massive train set" that would fit the period. When Tariq left the project in 2022 over disagreements with Marvel, the studio eventually scrapped that original version - including the 1920s setting - for a vision set in the present day... which left them with a train set that had never seen the light of day.

To be clear, this "massive train set" isn't a train set like you'd see at a hobby store; it's a full-size movie set on a studio lot that includes a train.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios is looking to recoup costs on this now-unusable set by another Disney production possibly having use of it. The question is... who? Marvel Studios' sister studios in Pixar, Walt Disney Animation, and Lucasfilm wouldn't have use for a 1920s train set, so by process of elimination, that leaves the core Walt Disney Studios. And before you say it, a movie based on the Disney Parks ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad couldn't use it as that is set in the 1800s. (And yes, Disney has announced a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad movie.)

I'm no Hollywood expert, but maybe the Disney Parks could use it - they already have multiple train rides such as the Walt Disney World Railroad, the Disneyland Railroad, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the Monorails, the Casey Jr. Circus Train, the Red Car Trolley, and the aforementioned THunder Mountain Railroad... why not another?

Oh wait. For a system built on moviing people, Marvel Studios' "massive" Blade train set might cost millions to move into place. Oof.

There's only one thing for it, Marvel: whenever you get around to making that X-Men movie, you have to have at least one big set piece in the 1920s. At a train station. Maybe a really young Magneto have an accident or something. You know it makes sense.

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Chris Arrant: Chris Arrant is the Popverse's Editor-in-Chief. He has written about pop culture for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel, Newsarama, CBR, and more. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. (He/him)
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