Wesley Snipes continues to tease a future appearance as Blade, either as a continuation or even in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although Marvel Studios receives plenty of credit for kicking off this current age of superhero movies, they were hardly the first. The success of the original X-Men trilogy and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy both made it possible, but neither of those would've happened without the success of Blade in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Snipes made three appearances as the vampire hero, but fans of his portrayal continue to want more.
As a result of the fan-favorite status of Snipes' Blade, his hypothetical future arises on a yearly basis. For many years Snipes has remained open to the idea of returning, but the decision is squarely in Marvel's hands. And, with Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios crafting a cinematic universe, they haven't done a one-off film or something outside of the MCU in a decade. Whether it comes in the MCU or as a continuation of the Blade trilogy, Snipes is now teasing a few projects are in the works.
VICE interviewed Wesley Snipes as part of a profile on it being 20 years since he first played the character of Blade, and they couldn't help but ask about a possible future. Their question was specifically in regards to Blade 4, and while Snipes didn't get specific on what is being discussed, multiple projects are in the works according to him. He specifically mentions Marvel needing to square things away on their end before Blade makes his return.
There are a lot of conversations going around right now and we’re very blessed to have the enthusiasm and interest in something coming from that world again. We’ve created two projects that fit perfectly into this world and, when people see them, I think they’re only going to have a problem with deciding which one they love the most.
All the main execs [at Marvel] and my team, we’ve been discussing for the past two years. Everyone’s enthusiastic about it, everybody gets it. But they got a business to run and they gotta square the things that they gotta figure out before they can get to it, I guess. In the meantime, we got a business to run and our own slate of things to do so…
But the next time you see something in [the Blade universe], mark my words: what we did before is child’s play compared to what we can do now.
Unlike previous comments from Snipes about a willingness to return, these quotes specifically mention two ideas that they're developing. It isn't clear what exactly these projects are. These could be two separate ideas they can pitch Marvel and then do whichever one they prefer. There's also a chance that they're tied together, effectively making them Blade 4 and Blade 5. However, he does mention projects, and not specifically movies, so maybe one of their ideas takes Blade to the small screen, as many have long hoped he'd find his way to Netflix.
Even though Snipes is directly referring to something in the Blade universe, could one of their projects actually be part of the MCU? If Marvel and Snipes' team have been discussing something for two years, it at least shows an interest from the company. He doesn't specifically say Marvel Studios, but if you're Snipes or part of his team, why wouldn't you want to work with the biggest running franchise? A new Blade movie that takes place in the MCU that also brings Snipes back would instantly make countless fans ecstatic. But, there's been no real movement on a Blade film from Marvel Studios in years, so only time will tell if Snipes gets a chance to play Blade again.