Having featured as the vampire-human mutant in 1998’s Blade and its subsequent blockbuster sequels, actor Wesley Snipes was already among the MCU’s most successful superheroes. However, after Marvel reclaimed the cinematic rights to Blade in 2012, they announced in 2019 that in the place of Snipes, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will portray the flawed character. Even today, viewers of the original Blade star are still hoping that Snipes would return to reprise his role, and the star has finally spoken. Here are the details:
Will Wesley Snipes return to the MCU?
Almost nothing is clear about the direction Marvel Studios will take Blade, at this time. Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre are apparently slated to join Ali in the ensemble, although there are a ton of additional roles that require more actors. Wesley Snipes, the former Blade actor, discussed the possibility of joining the cast of Marvel Studios’ next Blade movie in an interview with ComicBook. When questioned if he had been approached by Marvel about appearing in the forthcoming Blade film, Snipes declined. He even made a joke about wanting to improve his abilities, giving the impression that the studio could hold off on any further advancements until a subsequent date. He said, “I’m still working on my acting skills. So when I come up as an actor, maybe they’ll reach out and say, ‘Let’s have a conversation,’ or maybe they don’t feel I’m an ensemble player”.
How can Snipes make a reappearance in Blade?
Marvel Studios has seized several possibilities since Phase 4 began to include veteran actors in their new movies and television series. Although it seems doubtful that Snipes will return as his own form of Blade, it may be an important milestone to use him in the next Blade ensemble as any kind of character on screen. There’s always room for Marvel Studios to contact Snipes, whether it’s for an appearance or a new supporting part alongside Mahershala Ali. Fans are undoubtedly rooting for it to materialize, as Snipes has successfully made several film and television appearances and still identifies with his first superhero movie role.