Is Wesley Snipes Returning as Blade?

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Wesley Snipes, who just recently reflected on the impact of the Blade franchise, may be returning to the role. If you believe an item in the New York Daily News, that is.

According to the newspaper’s celebrity gossip column, “sources close to Snipes” say the 52-year-old actor has struck a deal to once again play Marvel’s daywalker, for which he’d make $3 million plus a cut of profits.

However, Marvel Studios, which revealed in 2011 that it reclaimed the Blade rights, has given no indication it’s bringing the character back to the screen. Although Marvel has demonstrated a willingness with Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Doctor Strange to venture away from straightforward superhero fare in its films, Blade would seem like a better fit with its Netflix plans, which will focus on more street-level characters like Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist.

Still, secret projects are always in the works in Hollywood, so we’ll see how this shakes out.

Snipes, who starred in 1998′s Blade, 2002′s Blade II and 2004′s Blade: Trinity, told MTV during Comic-Con International that he’d be open to a fourth installment.

“I think we’ve got some stones left unturned, and there’s some latitude for us to build on,” he said. “I’d love to get back in the suit again and do some things that I’ve learned how to do now, that I didn’t know how to do then. I think we’re better at making that kind of a film now.”

(via ComicBook.com)

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  • Guest

    Reboot Blade with Snipes in the mentor role teaching Blade Jr.

    Put in the MCU, separate from the previous films, Hulk-style.

  • JGLives

    Or instead just have him be Blade. No Blade Jr.

    Snipes’ Blade could be Blade’s last hooray so to speak. Have the supernatural enter the MCU just as Blade fights he final battle…which reveals to the world the existence of the supernatural nightmares they always suspected were true once a God nearly wiped NYC off the map.

  • Dean_Winchester

    Honestly if they go the route they did with blade 2 and 3 where many of the fights scenes were all CG I guess it doesnt matter how old he is.

  • Jorge

    I can see him part of the Netflix Marvel series. Blade would fit right in with that group of heroes.

  • ResurrectRider

    Stole my words…darn you! lol
    I completely agree. I would love for Netflix to helm as many of the Marvel Knights as they can.

  • mel

    The guy is in better shape than most guys half his age. Plus, he doesn’t look 52.

  • C4darkmane

    Marvel is going to start publishing some of the DarkHorse starwars books under the marvel banner, could it be possible they buy up some or all of the Snipes Blade films and transplant them into the Marvel Movie universe, they dont exactly step on anyones toes and could fit in perfectly leaving Snipes to do Blade 4 onwards

  • Randy Hiltabidel

    My thoughts were for a post credit Dr Strange scene…

  • Alex H

    The horror-comic side of the MCU is one of the more notable genres with some classic Marvel characters lying fallow at the minute – they might consider launching a Guardians-esque assorted Horror character/monster hunter team.

    Take Blade and Ghost Rider as the names to sell it, and then take your personal preference of a combination of Werewolf by Night, Elsa or Ulysses Bloodstone, Man-thing, Black Knight, Doctor/Brother Voodoo, Morbius, Satanna, Daimon Hellstrom or maybe even Moon Knight. If the Iron Fist netflix series introduces the Immortal Weapons perhaps one of them.

    That way they can play with a broader section of their catalogue than just making a Blade film (or a Ghost Rider film for that matter).

  • Statham

    They wouldn’t even need to do that. The characters are all Marvel’s, they could just reference stuff without showing it.

  • Kerwin

    He does look rather young for 52…almost like time has no effect on him….hmmmm…makes you wonder.

  • ApemanZee

    Make Blade 4, 5, 6, 7… or hell make Blade 4, then do a Secret Defenders crossover – Hulk, Namor, Dr Strange and Blade….

  • NeronWillRise

    I don’t see how this would be possible. All the old continuity belongs to New Line. So they’d have to reboot it. But at his age? No point.

  • Rane Pollock

    Since when is continuity tied to the studio? The pay for the rights to use any footage from the first 3 movies and keep it going.

  • Delsin Rowe

    Sure, why not?

  • ResurrectRider

    Your post made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up…

  • NeronWillRise

    Since always. It’s part of the movie they made. You think I can just go and make a sequel to Blade Trinity if I want to? Even if I owned Blade, i don’t own the stuff they invented for the movie like Whistler.

  • Rane Pollock

    Well, since Whistler is dead I doubt that will be an issue.

  • J.p. Ducey

    I’m all for more Blade played by Wesley Snipes. He should definitely appear as a guest on some of the netflix shows. If they gave him his own show I would watch that too. A movie would be interesting as well. Blade doesn’t need an origin movie, the audience can jump right into the story. The first film was soooo damn awesome! I liked Blade II as well but like most trilogies the third one sucked. The only drawback will be not being able to mention any of the events from the previous films due to New Line Cinema/WB, but Marvel should be able to work around that easily enough.

  • Soleil Noir

    The article would more accurately read “Is Wesley Snipe’s Stunt Double Returning as Blade, While Snipes Sits in His Trailer & Smokes Weed All Day?”…

  • http://vvcradio.ning.com/profile/K_O Blast

    midnight sons is the team that blade was on, during the 90′s.
    but since marvel has ghost rider back, he can be danny ketch; who lives in new york.

  • Nickoli Greg

    just bring him back as Blade, he didn’t die in the 3rd movie, just pick up where the trilogy left off, if you wanna retcon something retcon that dumb Blade tv show. Why do you guys suggest changing Blade’s role? Just throw him back in there and let him be Blade, the guy mastered and improved one of Marvel’s coolest heroes. Let him do it, no bullshit blade jr or any other crap, throw him in there and throw an actual blade villain at him. It will work and you would have to be deranged, stupid, and arrogant to put anyone else to play Blade.

  • Romeo Garcia

    The blade trilogy is one of the best ADULT comic book movies ever make,,,so i think a BLADE 4 movie is a cool idea.

  • ResurrectRider

    I would love to see Capo and Blade to meet for the first time. That would be a great little skirmish.

  • Nickoli Greg

    yeah Whistlers dead, you could make a sequel and not even mention him by name,
    Blade: “yeah I had a friend once, but he died”.
    That right there ^
    is lawyer proof, Blade has had plenty of friends who have died, HE LIVES LONGER THAN HUMANS HE IS PART VAMPIRE.

  • nerdbasher

    Two words: No way.

  • JohnnyWad

    Of course he’s in good shape. He spent three years living on bread and water and lifting weights in the yard.

  • Nickoli Greg

    Morbius, Nosferati, Spitfire, Blackout, Lilith, and so many more. Hell we can just throw random vampires at him and it will still sell because damnit the setting is simple, the character is simply a modern vampire hunter, and shit you don’t have to waste money on making him look special, just hire some stunt doubles and buy a few pairs of Oakley glasses

  • kw

    Actually, he was more hefty than he’s ever been, which was weird. He was not in nearly as good of shape as the Blade series.

  • ShadowInc

    I am all for another BLADE film. As long as they don’t bring back Ryan Reynolds, or Jessica Biel. BLADE 3 really suffered from trying to add next gen characters, in the hopes of starting a franchise minus BLADE. That is always a weak move. Don’t do it.

  • David Badger Moore

    “I’d love to get back in the suit again and do some things that I’ve learned how to do now, that I didn’t know how to do then.”

    Like pay taxes.

  • Nickoli Greg

    yeah man, Whistler was the only character that wasn’t property of Marvel, and they killed his ass off in Trinity, don’t even have to mention the character by name. They can make a sequel and the fans would probably go nuts and watch it without even caring. He did a legit fantastic portrayal of the character

  • Nickoli Greg

    yeah man, Whistler was the only character that wasn’t property of Marvel, and they killed his ass off in Trinity, don’t even have to mention the character by name. They can make a sequel and the fans would probably go nuts and watch it without even caring. He did a legit fantastic portrayal of the character

  • Brian White

    I think Blade Trinity failed because they went to the Dracula well to try and give Blade a tougher opponent. King and Whistler were great characters.

  • Blade X

    Here’s a wild thought, maybe Snipes will play Blade in a supernatural superhero team movie. My guess/theory is that Marvel/Disney MIGHT put out either a BLADE AND THE HOWLING COMMANDOS movie (which would be based off of both the supernatural SHIELD team that was introduced in the comics a few years ago and the animated version of the team that appeared in the 2nd season of the USM cartoon) or a BLADE AND THE LEGION OF THE NIGHT movie with Dr. Strange on the team.

  • Reality

    I don’t see this happening unless Marvel buys the film copyrights from New Line and Disney buys the distribution rights from Warner Bros.

  • Chris E.

    Yep, why not. As others have already said, he doesn’t look 52, and his presence as Blade is phenomenal. Good story, great villain and this will work.

  • Radi Jaeger

    Black don’t crack.

  • JohnnyWad

    Washed-up Tara Reid: “We’re making a sequel to The Big Lebowski!”
    Washed-up Tom Arnold: “We’re making a sequel to True Lies!”
    Washed-up Wesley Snipes: “We’re making another sequel to Blade!”

    Them chickens ain’t hatchin’.

  • SilverZeal

    If Disney gets their hands on Blade, it will no longa b a Blade movie bcuz der will b no blud spills or beheadings or amputatns or gore. Just imagine wat Blade 1 & 2 wud hv bn lyk if it was done under Marvel productn?

  • SilverZeal

    U 4got GR/Ghost Rider.

    By d way, y do a Secret Defndrs whn MIDNIGHT SONSis waaaay betta.

  • SilverZeal

    Gr8 suggestn. Agrd!

    Oh…& doing dat wud also attraction a wider assembly of fans of each of d xcters.

  • Lee Mun Lim

    it would be nice to see Whistler and Blade again

  • Lee Mun Lim

    Oh he ages but he doesnt allow people to see his age when the camaras are not rolling

  • Ryan McFarlane

    “last hurrah” ;)

  • 8Bytecrusher

    Daywalker maybe?

  • ShadowInc

    I’m going to disagree with that theory. Ryan Reynold’s Hannibal King was the Jar Jar Binks of the Blade Franchise.

  • Brian White

    Jar Jar? I can agree Reynold’s was permitted or encouraged to go a little over the top in some of his dialog (like Jim Carey, Adam Sandler and any number of bad Hollywood so-called comedic ad libbers) but I can’t agree he was anywhere as bad as Jar Jar. A new cut of the original material could omit King’s decent into ridiculous rhetoric and we’d focus on Reynold’s excellent handling of the action.

    We have to consider Snipe’s petulance made it harder to produce a good movie. How many accommodations were needed to work around him.

    I know I’m in a minority but Blade Trinity was a really good movie despite everything some very accurate criticisms.

  • Nickoli Greg

    uhm new line already returned Blade……..a whiiiiiiiiiiiiile ago too

  • JGLives

    No I spelled it how I pronounce it “hooray” :P

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    They’d have two options:

    1. Reboot it, but still keep Wesley Snipes in the lead role (not impossible, after all they are introducing mutants despite having a court order from Fox banning them from using the word “mutants”, they can sneak through a loophole alright).

    2. Buy the films off New Line.

    Looking at those two options, option one looks the most obvious one to go for, but New Line are owned by Warner Bros, and as I’m sure we’ve all heard Disney are currently trying to buy them over. If that take over ever happens, Marvel have got the Blade film series as well as the Blade film franchise.

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    Disney are trying to buy Warner Bros as a whole at the moment, so that’s certainly not going to be a problem.

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    Film copyrights, Marvel have the rights to make Blade films, but New Line still hold the copyrights for the three films they produced (as obviously, it is filled with original characters and plot lines they created rather than Marvel)..

  • Nickoli Greg

    yeah, but Marvel doesn’t need to acknowledge the first three films as there really isn’t relevant left. Whistler is dead in the movies. Each film ended its story and proceeded to a new original story each time. Marvel could just call it Blade: (subtitle name) and they could have it pick up where trinity left off without needing to mention whats been going on since, sure it ended with a vampire killing virus spreading across the planet but they could argue that vampire immune system improved. Premise: vampires still exist and blade still hunts them.

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    They don’t need to reference them, but obviously some people will start questioning things like the vampire virus you mentioned. If Marvel started making the movie today (which obviously isn’t the case) they could not mention the virus at all, let alone any immunity to it, there could be no reference to the first three films at all, which of course isn’t a necessity but there will be some idiots who will ask why (probably the same people who asked why Superman wasn’t in the Avengers).

    As things stand it is incredibly unlikely Marvel will make a Blade film, if Wesley Snipes has signed up for anything it will probably be cameos in other films.