Wesley Snipes has been reflecting on his time as Blade, whilst considering the possibility of a future appearance in the MCU.
You won’t need us to tell you how instrumental 1998’s Blade and its subsequent sequels were, in launching the superhero boom that continues to this day. He played the half human, half vampire, all-action Blade across three films, and for years there were rumours of a fourth.
Now ahead of his turn in the hotly-anticipated Coming 2 America, launching next month on Amazon, Snipes has been discussing both his past and his future in the Blade universe. With regards to taking the role in the original film, he said that “the irony of the whole thing is that when I chose to do the film, the first Blade, most of the representation I had at the time suggested I shouldn’t do it. [They] were absolutely against me taking on the role. And now look what it turned out to be. Who knew? But we ain’t done yet”.
Snipes’ comment that “we ain’t done yet” most likely refers to the newer, Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Blade that is widely expected to arrive in 2022, although this is yet to be confirmed. The new film will star Mahershala Ali as Blade, with Watchmen scribe, Stacey Osei-Kuffour set to script the film.
Although Snipes clearly feels a sense of ownership over the character (stories allege that during the ‘difficult’ production of Blade: Trinity he only communicated with director David Goyer through post-it notes signed ‘Blade’, although Snipes had hit back at those) his support for Ali taking up the mantle seems to be unwavering, as he states: ‘”I’m one thousand percent supportive of it. I think it’s great. Go for it, my man”.
There are lots of fans out there hoping that Snipes will make an appearance in the new Blade, and with the MCU soon to be offering the endless possibilities of the multiverse, perhaps even reprise his role as the vampire hunter alongside Ali’s newer incarnation.
On that matter, Snipes offered a wry “you never know”, adding “under the right circumstances, I’m open to play with everybody”. Which suggests at the very least he’s open to the idea.
You can check the full interview at Entertainment Tonight below, where the actor also chats about his appearance in the new Coming 2 America sequel whilst recollecting how he came really close to being cast in the original. The MCU’s Blade currently has no director or release date slated but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.
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