We’ve seen from Spider-Man: No Way Home that previous versions of popular characters in different iterations of the franchise are now free to make their way back onto the big screen. This is the Multiverse we are dealing with which means there are almost no more rules around actors, characters, timelines, or anything else. It’s all fair game. And it looks like we are going to have another popular character return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The latest Giant Freakin Robot exclusive from our trusted and proven source is that Kevin Feige wants Wesley Snipes to return as Blade in an upcoming project. The Multiverse is alive and well and we could be getting our favorite daywalker back into the MCU mix.
This latest exclusive is light on specifics around when/ if Wesley Snipes would make his way back as Blade, but it’s for sure in consideration right now. And it makes total sense with how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is trending. We now know that different versions of the same character can exist in parallel, the Multiverse opened up this avenue. It started in the Disney+ series Loki and was proliferated in Spider-Man: No Way Home with the reemergence of the web-slinger’s primary antagonists in different movie versions. This would mean that Wesley Snipes coming back as Blade is not only “easy” but maybe even necessary in the context of how Marvel is structuring its current stories.
Of course, Wesley Snipes returning as Blade would be in conjunction with how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is taking the character moving forward. The plan is for Mahershala Ali to take over the primary role now and he even made his first “appearance” in this world with a voice-over part in Eternals. Production hasn’t begun on that film yet with things reportedly set to ramp up sometime in the summer of 2022. Bassam Tariq is on as director for the movie which could feature a much more powerful version of the character than we’ve known before.
Wesley Snipes played Blade through three movies starting back in 1998. Coming at a time when comic book adaptations were just starting to ramp up to the point we see these days, the character and Snipes’s portrayal is responsible, as much as anyone, for laying the groundwork needed to make these superhero adaptations more mainstream. He starred in Blade, Blade II, and Blade: Trinity. For the most part, they were box office successes, totaling more than $400 million on around $160 million in total budget. And Snipes became almost synonymous with the role, fully embodying everything you would want out of the character.
When Mahershala Ali was cast as the new Blade, Wesley Snipes was quick to remind everyone of his status playing the character but also supportive of the move. It makes sense, the torch has been passed, and getting younger around the character is the way to go for the long-term. But with this latest news, it sure seems like we are going to get the best of both worlds. Ali will take on the new version of Blade but we will get Snipes back into the mix to pay homage to the original dude.