Last month, we speculated on what the new Blade comic book series might mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, Blade himself has stepped in to offer a few tantalizing comments regarding the character’s possible future on the big screen.
What did he have to say?
Snipes recently sat down with HuffPost, and stated that while nothing has been decided yet, he’s been involved with “conversations” regarding the character.
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 how it goes. I don’t really know what’s going to happen to it yet…. 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.
That’s certainly nothing definitive, but it is very intriguing that Marvel’s discussions have actually involved Wesley Snipes at all.
We know that Marvel has the rights back to Blade, but to date, we haven’t heard anything about what their actual plans (if any) are. Snipes’ interview is at the very least an interesting tease of where those early behind-the-scenes conversations might be heading.
Could a Wesley Snipes Blade in the MCU work?
With some creative maneuvering, it really could. For my money, I still think it would be a great idea to roughly follow the trajectory of the new comic: bring Snipes back as an older, grizzled version of Blade, serving as a mentor character to his daughter.
That would give fans a great entry point into the series, while also avoiding having to directly address any canon issues of the previous trilogy (which weren’t produced by Marvel anyways).