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Wesley Snipes Reacts to Mahershala Ali Being Cast as Blade

Mahershala Ali was announced as Blade as this years San Diego’s Comic Con at the end of the Marvel panel. This caused an uproar, but not all it was great.

 

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Let’s face it, this century we’ve had many live-action incarnations of characters: five Peter Parkers/Spider-Men, two Batmans (soon to be three), two Professor Xs. The few characters we’ve only had one of are Tony Stark/Iron Man, Steve Rodgers/Captain America, Logan/Wolverine, and Blade.

Despite staring in a breakout comic book movie after Batman & Robin but before X-Men and Spider-Man and the second film being directed by Guillermo del Toro, Blade has fallen away from the public consciousness.

This is largely due to the third film being such a disappoint, although the stories surrounding that film have become stories to behold. Notably, Patton Oswald spoke about the film.

 

When Wesley Snipes himself was asked if it was true that he didn’t get along with the direct, Snipes responded with this gem:

“That may have happened. I wouldn’t say it was frequent. Because our whole crew was banished to another side of the island of production. The only way we could sometimes get messages, since we didn’t have the radio, was to get it there by courier or pigeon sometimes.”

Since then, Snipes had gotten into some tax trouble and been largely absent, unable to play the character in a possibly fourth outing. Then the character returned to Marvel, and now we’re getting a second actor as Blade.

 

 

Since Snipes put such a staple on the character, dishing out lines like, “Some motherfuckers always trying to ice-skate uphill” and “If you wanna take the hard road, be my guest, pal. But I promise you by the time this is over, you’re gonna wish they never cut you from your mother’s…” before censoring himself with a gunshot.

Despite this, not everyone was as excited as others.

Some were even curious of how Snipes himself would react.

However, Wesley Snipes, the original Blade, has released a amazing statement:

To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, chillaaxx. Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s ALL good. Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the MCU crew – always a fan…Honor and respect to the grandmaster Stan. Congratulations and Salaam to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah, we will someday work together. Most importantly to my loyal fans, the incredible outpouring of love is overwhelming. I am grateful for the never-ending support. So, ‘nah fret nah worry, it’s not de end of de story.’ Welcome to the Daywalker Klique.

It’s good he’s looking forwards to Mahershala Ali cast as Blade.

 

 

“Wait up!” I hear you say, “Isn’t Mashershala already cast as Cottonmouth in Luke Cage where he was killed off far too early?”

Well…

So far we know about the project is this: Kevin Feige confirms the project will take place in Phase 5 and Marvel has been discussing giving Snipes a supporting role in their new reboot.

Beyond that, anything is up for grabs. In the meantime, we can all agree with this:

 

 

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Mahershala Ali to Star in ‘Blade’ Reboot!

Exciting news for Marvel fans! Over the weekend, at Marvel’s panel that reveled their next slate of films there were some exciting news revealed! Marvel’s Phase 4 films include several sequels to prior films including Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Black Widow. A few new titles were revealed to be underway as well, including television properties such as Loki, Wanda/Vision, and Falcon and the Winter Solider, in addition to original, new properties such as The Eternals and Shang Chi. But the most exciting announcement of the panel came at the very end, where seconds before the end Kevin Fiege, the head executive of Marvel Entertainment, revealed that a Blade reboot was coming. Even more exciting, two time Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali is to star in the lead role as the titular comic book character.

 

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For those unaware, Blade is an African-English superhero from Marvel Comics. Originating from The Tomb of Dracula as a supporting character, Blade is a vampire/human hybrid, with the powers of a vampire but able to walk in sunlight and to stave off his thirst for blood. Despite his cool concept, Blade didn’t become truly popular until a trio of films in the 1990s were adapted for the big screen, starring Wesley Snipes as the vampire slayer. Blade and Blade II were well received for their action, stylish flavor, and Snipes’s performance but the third film, Blade: Trinitywas so badly received that it sunk the franchise. Despite this, Blade has remained a popular character in the comics but has never truly risen to a starring role. Blade’s look is fairly simplistic, as he wears dark sunglasses, a long trench coat, and wields a sword.

Which makes it so surprising that Blade was unveiled is that Blade was already done in movies, so seeing him again is incredibly surprising. Not to mention getting an established actor like Ali to portray the superhero. It’s also incredibly exciting to see another black superhero besides Black Panther headlining a movie, showcasing that Marvel will be pushing for increased diversity in the future. Now, Blade was only just announced and isn’t even on the featured slate of films for Phase 4, so we likely won’t be seeing him anytime soon. But still, this surprise announcement was the highlight of the panel for us.

 

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Are you excited to see the superhero Blade take up arms against vampires on the big screen? What sort of role do you think he’ll play in the MCU? And how about Mahershala Ali to play him? Any speculation of how the movie will take form and who might direct? Let us know in the comments!

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