With both Blade and Jamie Foxx back in the spotlight, a new piece of fan art imagines the actor as Marvel’s resident Daywalker. While X-Men and Spider-Man usually get the credit for kicking off the modern age of superhero blockbusters, Blade proved even earlier that Marvel’s comic book properties had big screen appeal. Though the trilogy dipped a bit in quality and reception as it went along, the first Blade was still an excellent example of how to blend comics with other film genres. It also showed that a somewhat obscure character could be made into a household name.
With Marvel having regained the rights to the character along with Ghost Rider, Daredevil, and others, many have long been waiting to see a Blade film set in the MCU. Rumors have come and gone, but last year brought one that seemed to point to a Blade film on the horizon. Sadly, Marvel Studios Kevin Feige quickly shot the idea down. Still, the Marvel Studios head does want a Blade film to happen. So if Blade were to join the MCU, either in the films or on TV, who would play the iconic character? Following Wesley Snipes would be a tall order for any actor, but one artist has a pretty fitting candidate.
Prolific fan artist BossLogic decided to throw Jamie Foxx’s name in the ring for Blade casting, mocking up a version of the actor as the character. While the artist’s work has proven to be decisive amongst fans, it’s hard not to enjoy this modern, swaggering update on Blade.
Jamie Foxx has had a career in Hollywood that’s all over the place. He’ll be the first to admit in interviews that he’s made some bad movies. On the flipside, he won acclaim—and an Oscar—for his work in Ray and was equally praised for Django Unchained. He’s done comedy for years, dating back to In Living Color and The Jamie Foxx Show in the ’90s. Plus, he’s already been in a Marvel superhero film, playing Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Foxx is about to once again be on everyone’s lips thanks to his equally menacing and hilarious role in Baby Driver. As such, it’s not hard to imagine why he’d be the perfect fit for Blade. He can do action, drama, the requisite Marvel touch of comedy, and he’s not adverse to playing a hero or a villain. With Blade walking an anti-hero line, Foxx may just be the perfect candidate. Just don’t tell Anthony Mackie.
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