Sunday, October 17, 2021

Mahershala Ali Will Replace Wesley Snipes in Marvel’s Reboot of ‘Blade’ Franchise

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Yeah, we can see this going down: Mahershala Ali taking over the “Blade” franchise from Wesley Snipes.

If by chance you didn’t know, the “Blade” reboot, was is inspired by the Marvel comic book character of the same name.

Left unanswered though, is whether Marvel – which made the announcement at Comic-Con on Saturday – will approach the project as a film or a series.

As we said, the two-time Oscar-winning actor will replace Welsey Snipes, who starred in three of the Blade movies: 1998’s Blade, 2002’s Blade II, and 2004’s Blade: Trinity.

Created by writer Marv Wolfman, the character – who first appeared in the 1973 comic book The Tomb of Dracula #10 – is a half-mortal, half-immortal vampire hunter who slays the undead to avenge his mother, who was killed by a vampire when she gave birth to him.

Not only is he handy with a knife and a sword (his name is Blade, after all), but he’s also a skilled martial artist.

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Ali, 45, was unveiled for the role during Marvel Studios’ Comic-Con panel on Saturday, which saw the entertainment giant roll out the fourth phase of its cinematic universe.

The “Green Book” actor received a standing ovation as he took to the stage and fans began to cheer when he announced his new role by putting on a Blade cap.

After the announcement was made, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said this about Ali:

“He’s a huge fan of these films and a huge fan of that character and it just made perfect sense.”

Feige added:

“It’s an honor that he agreed to play Blade for us.”

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