The penultimate day of Geeksmas and it’s news from a franchise that predates the MCU, X-Men, all three Spider-Man and the DC Cinematic Universes and could be credited with showing the way for comic book movies.
Even before their recent acquisition of Fox and the two R-rated comic book movies that come with the deal, people have often wondered about the “mature” options for Marvel and, until recently, R-rated movies were not in their plans. However, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently commented on the fan-favorite character Blade, and how he might fit into the MCU, there’s been plenty of speculation about who should play the character. While Idris Elba has been a popular choice among fans of the character, original Blade actor Wesley Snipes has weighed in on the debate.
Taking to social media, Snipes, the star of the original Blade trilogy, tweeted out a pretty definitive response to the question over who should play the “next” Blade.
It’s been about 13 years since the 55-year-old actor last portrayed the iconic vampire superhero, but Idris Elba seems to agree with Snipes. Elba recently told ScreenRant that “No one can do Blade better than Wesley.”
It’s worth noting that we don’t even know if there will be another Blade movie. The rights to the character reverted back to Marvel in 2012, and in 2013 there were rumors that Marvel had a working script for a movie but nothing ever came of it. We haven’t heard much since then, but Feige did address the character earlier this year. “I think Blade is a legacy character now, and I think it would be fun to do something with him one day,” he said.
This, coupled with the recent purchase of the Logan and Deadpool franchises, must mean that they are at least considering the market, they’d be foolish not to! After the critical and commercial success of both Logan and Deadpool, Feige also apparently said that it’s not something to write off, but not in their current plans.
Do you want to see Wesley Snipers return as Blade in the future? Do you think we’ll see some R-rated Marvel films? How do you think they’d set this up?