Mahershala Ali-Starring Blade Officially Confirmed as Movie!
When it was revealed at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con that Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali (Green Book, Moonlight) would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the iconic vampire hunter Blade, it was uncertain if it would be for a TV series or a film project and now Kevin Feige has confirmed that the project will indeed be a film, with the story still currently in development.
Wesley Snipes played the martial artist Daywalker three times, in 1998’s Blade (the first successful Marvel Comics film), 2002’s Blade II and 2004’s Blade Trinity. He was replaced by rapper Sticky Fingaz for Spike’s Blade TV series, which only lasted one season in 2006.
The Blade Trilogy from New Line Cinema helped shepherd comic books and superheroes to the big screen. Combined, the three films brought in over $400 million at the global box office. Blade was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan as a supporting character in the comic book “The Tomb of Dracula” #10 in July of 1973.
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