Fans may still be clamoring for 20th Century Fox to establish the same kind of working relationship with Marvel Studios as Sony has. After all, with Spider-Man finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's no reason that Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and the X-Men shouldn't be able to stand toe to toe with the Avengers. Still, such a deal doesn't appear in the cards anytime soon.
However, a big-screen return for day-walking vampire hunter Blade is probably an inevitability, given the character's lasting popularity. We've known for a while that Marvel has reclaimed the rights to Blade, and Wesley Snipes -- who played the role in a trilogy of films for New Line Cinema from 1998 to 2004 -- has previously confirmed talks with Marvel about him reprising the character, again.
Speaking with Huffington Post, Snipes was once again asked about the chance he'd be back for another Blade film. Here's what the actor had to say:
"There's always a possibility, you know. It's in Marvel's hands. They're controlling the pace and the flow with that. Conversations have been good. They see the value in it. We see the value in it. I'm still in shape enough and fit enough to handle the role. We'll see where it goes. I don't really know what's going to happen to it yet."
There isn't too much new information to glean from Snipes' words. Likely, Marvel is keen on adding Blade back into the MCU, though when and where remain the main questions. Many of speculated that the character could be re-introduced on a Netflix series, a la Punisher's upcoming role in Daredevil season 2. When asked, Snipes said he thinks that Blade could even show up in an Avengers film, such as the game-changing two-part Avengers: Infinity War.
"That would be interesting. I mean, I know it's in the comic book. It would be interesting to see where they would place him and where he really would fit in. He's got to bite somebody. I don't know who he's going to bite. Scarlett Johansson!"
All kidding aside, few would doubt that Snipes could pull off a reprise of his most famous role. He's already starring in the new NBC series The Player, so presumably he might even be open to a Blade Netflix series, if that's what Marvel has in mind. However, if Snipes does return as Blade, it would be Marvel Studios' first time integrating another studio's portrayal of one of its characters. (Remember, the company cast Tom Holland as Spider-Man only a year after Andrew Garfield had last played the wall crawler onscreen.)
Such a move would essentially adopt Snipes' three earlier adventures as the character, as part of the MCU canon. Of course, if there's any truth to those rumors about Blade's daughter getting her own Marvel film, then perhaps there's a chance Snipes as Blade would pass the torch to his actress playing his child - who would then be the one locked in for a Marvel multi-film contract, instead of Snipes - during his next onscreen appearance. Either way, there appears to be enough interest from Snipes and the fans alike that, as the man said, there's always a possibility that he will become part of the MCU in the foreseeable future.
Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and Inhumans – July 12, 2019.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more Blade news as this story develops.
Source: Huffington Post