It's been rumored previously that Marvel Studios had considered adapting an aborted storyline from the comics that featured Blade passing the torch to his teenage daughter. That could possibly be the reason for casting someone of Ali's age.
So earlier phases were always culminating in a team up movie but phase 4 just doesn't? What separates it from phase 5 then/why make this distinction?
I’m guessing baby steps towards bigger steps (FF & X), towards giant steps (new Avengers movie in phase 5 or 6). You can’t make another cataclism right after you’ve just finished one, I’m liking this new palette cleanser approach.
So the Netflix heroes are definitely erased from existence, since Mahershala Ali was already in Luke Cage?
Feige never specifically acknowledged Netflix Marvel, or any other Marvel other than MCU, but I think right now it's pretty clear that Disney+ shows are held to MCU standard and as part of the canon, others are not.