Ever since Marvel Entertainment reacquired the live-action rights to the vampire-hunting antihero known as Blade there’s been talk from Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige about the potential for the company to one day explore an R-rated film, potentially even bringing that particular “daywalker” back to the big screen.
Of course, nothing of the sort has happened and Marvel Studios has not made an R-rated movie nor do they have any plans to according to Disney boss Bob Iger. Marvel TV however, has no qualms about delving into more adult content with their critically acclaimed Netflix programming which has successfully kickstarted a new sub-universe within the larger brand. Given the characters introduced so far on Netflix, a very Marvel Knights sort of mix, it’s no wonder Blade is continually speculated and rumored upon for a TV series within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and if it happens, original Blade movie star Wesley Snipes is ready and waiting. As he says, it’s entirely up to Marvel.
He’s been asked repeatedly over the last year or two about playing Blade again now that Marvel has the character, and Wesley Snipes has always said he’s game, even hinting that there have been talks with the studio, but there remains no news yet (despite another set of recent rumors regarding Blade potentially being in early development for Netflix). Today on Twitter however, Snipes came out of nowhere and said the following – seemingly in an effort to get fans to rally for him to return to the role.
When it comes to another BLADE, there's always a possibility. 😁#SharpeningMyTeeth
— Wesley Snipes (@wesleysnipes) May 24, 2016
Balls in Marvels court...— Wesley Snipes (@wesleysnipes) May 24, 2016
To their credit, Marvel has an impressive track record of casting the unexpected – giving second chances to actors (see: Robert Downey Jr. cast as Tony Stark) and picking some actors based on what can only be described as wonderful fan service (Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Jeff Goldblum in Thor: Ragnarok) so if Blade is coming to the MCU anytime in the near-ish future, why not have Snipes play him? He looks great for his age and fans loved him in the role. Can anyone really replace him? Why not use him to introduce another character…
Flashback: What’s Next For Marvel’s ‘Blade’ Franchise?
There were speculative rumors last summer pointing to the idea that Blade’s daughter was being introduced in the comics as a way to lay groundwork for what fans could eventually see in a new Blade movie but nothing came of that, and like Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said three years ago when Blade (and Ghost Rider and Daredevil and Punisher) were reacquired, just because they own them doesn’t mean it’s going to be made right away.
That’s actually an argument for the idea of other studios owning certain characters so at least something is made from their comics but slowly Marvel is reacquiring everything back but can only make so many TV shows and movies at once. That being said, of those major examples of returning characters, Daredevil already has a hit ongoing series and Punisher is getting his own next as well after his introduction earlier this year.
And with Daredevil season 2 delving into the supernatural and Iron Fist on the way, it’s a no-brainer to give the likes of Blade, Moon Knight, and Ghost Rider their time to shine. Would you recast Blade or let Snipes play him again?
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced.