At long last Marvel Studios is set to reboot the Blade franchise and they’ve tapped Academy Award winning actor, Mahershala Ali, to portray the new day walker The new Blade movie will be a part of Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but no release date has been mentioned yet.
Blade is an interesting franchise to say the least as it sparked three films at New Line Cinema. Although the third film (Blade: Trinity) didn’t fare as well as the films that preceded it, it was nevertheless a pretty big success at the time. It also spawned a short-lived TV series back in 2006.
Getting an actor the calibre of Ali to fill the shoes once worn by Wesley Snipes is a big positive. The actor not only has two Oscars to his name but also a string of strong performances on both the big screen as well as small screen with roles in the Green Book and HBO’s True Detective. There is no doubt the actor will do the character proud.
As far as the MCU is concerned, it will be interesting to see where Blade fits in. Obviously with vampires being at the core of the storyline, this could provide an opportunity for Marvel Studios to expand its story-telling and engage in further world building, one that goes beyond aliens and sorcery.