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    Thread: Mahershala Ali Cast As The MCU's Blade

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      Mahershala Ali Cast As The MCU's Blade

      In a shocking announcement near the end of their SDCC panel, Marvel Studios reveals that Mahershala Ali has been cast as the MCU version ofBlade. Long before the days of the MCU dominating at the box office, and even before Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy helped re-establish superhero movies as hits, New Line Cinema released a trilogy of films starring half-human/half-vampire hero Blade. The Daywalker was played in those films by Wesley Snipes, earning acclaim from most fans of the character.
      That was until 2004's Blade: Trinity, a complete mess that was infamously made worse by on-set acrimony between star Snipes and director David Goyer. Not even the hilarious presence of a pre-Deadpool Ryan Reynolds could save the threequel from being widely reviled. Outside of a short-lived TV series, Blade has been absent from the live-action world ever since, despite Snipes making it known multiple times that he would love to reprise the role again in the MCU.



      While Marvel Studios got the film and TV rights to Blade back a few years ago, up until now, there's been zero movement on a revival of the character. That was at least before Marvel Studios' jaw-dropping late-game announcement of a new Blade film during their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con. While it's unclear when exactly the film is planned to release, or when it'll begin production, we do know who'll play Blade: Oscar-winner (and former Luke Cage villain) Mahershala Ali.


      While some fans, and undoubtedly Snipes himself, will be disappointed that the actor won't get to play Blade again, they really shouldn't be surprised. For one, Snipes is 56-years-old, and hasn't made a film on the scale of an MCU blockbuster in a long time. For two, Snipes' behavior, warranted or not, on the set of Blade: Trinity likely discouraged Marvel Studios from wanting to risk a similar situation now. The MCU schedule is too rigidly planned to accommodate such a fiasco, especially after already enduring the long saga of James Gunn's firing and rehiring for Guardians of the Galaxy 3.


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      Ali, he's also a popular fan casting for Blade, so a large segment of Marvel devotees will be pleased to see him come aboard. Playing Blade on the big screen will no doubt serve to make Ali an even bigger Hollywood superstar. Interestingly, the fact that Ali already played villain Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes in Netflix's Luke Cage series serves to reinforce just how disconnected the Marvel Studios and Marvel TV products ended up being, despite frequent previous claims that everything was connected



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      Wesley Snipes Supports MCU's Blade Reboot & New Star Mahershala Ali




      Former Blade actor Wesley Snipes is in full support of Marvel Studios' casting of Mahershala Ali as the titular vampire hunter in their upcoming reboot. Marvel shocked fans at its 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panel when it announced plans for a new Blade movie starring Ali. Although many fans found the news thrilling, some were upset that the franchise would return without Snipes in the lead role.
      The three films in the Blade franchise, all starring Snipes, were early successes for Marvel, even before the studio had developed the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans feel like Snipes was the only person for the role, although the last film, Blade: Trinity, released over 15 years ago. It also seemed like Marvel had no interest left in the character, at least until they made the shocking announcement about a new Blade movie at SDCC. Marvel later explained that Ali, a two-time Academy Award winner, had come to them about portraying the character. Marvel couldn't refuse, and now Blade will officially make his arrival in the MCU.



      Fans of the original Blade films, though, are still disappointed in the casting. However, Snipes sent a statement to ComicBook.com and offered his support to Ali, telling fans to "chillaaxx" and accept that there's a new Blade in town. He wrote:
      “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.”

      This statement is a departure from a tweet Snipes posted in 2017 in which he suggested
      he was the only actor who should portray Blade. With many fans wanting to see Blade make his way into the MCU, Snipes insisted that if Blade 4 ever happened, he would gladly return to the role. Although a TV show produced by New Line was in the works in 2006, it never happened. The rights to Blade reverted back to Marvel in 2012, and by then Disney owned the company. In 2016, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced that the company had no plans for Blade at the time. It seems that Ali's call to Marvel, though, changed some minds.

      Snipes is correct that this is how Hollywood sometimes works; fans don't always get what they want. He's also right, though, that fans should "chillaaxx" because it seems the character is in excellent hands with Ali. Marvel can now take the story even further than before and can bring the character into the MCU, allowing
      Blade to become an Avenger if that's what the story requires. It's also highly likely that Marvel will find a way to include Snipes in the new movie, either by bringing him in as a different character or for a cameo role

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