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  • Wesley Snipes will not be returning to the role of Blade for the MCU. 1 / 7

  • Instead Mahershala Ali will be taking the mantle as the half-vampire. 2 / 7

  • Snipes' lead turn as the vampire hunter in 1998's Blade was a huge stepping stone for comic book movies. 3 / 7

  • But it's been several years since he's had any role in an action film of this scale. 4 / 7

  • Marvel have used older comic book actors, like JK Simmons for J Jonah Jameson and Michael Keaton as the Vulture, but these aren't leading roles. 5 / 7

  • There are other ways to Snipes to play a part, including possibly a modern version of Blade's main antagonist, Dracula. 6 / 7

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