Just one of the bombshell bulletins all through Marvel’s Corridor H presentation at San Diego Comedian-Con tonight was that the studio would be rebooting Blade, with Accurate Detective and Luke Cage actor Mahershala Ali established to star.
The character was one particular of the 1st of Marvel’s superheroes to grow to be a notable hit as a film: Blade was introduced in 1998, starring Wesley Snipes as the titular vampire hunter, a job he’d go on to reprise in 2002 for Blade II, and in 2004 for Blade: Trinity. Marvel reacquired the legal rights to the character, as properly as Ghost Rider and the Punisher again in 2013. Marvel brought in Ghost Rider (which had been a pair of movies starring Nicholas Cage), and the Punisher (another two films), for Brokers of Protect, and its Netflix superhero franchise, commencing with Daredevil, respectively.
Marvel did not release any added specifics about when we’ll see Blade back again in motion, nor what variety — at this level it could be either a series for Disney+ or a aspect film. There are undoubtedly a lot of chances for the two in the coming several years.
The character was born Eric Brooks, and is half-human, fifty percent vampire. He to start with appeared in comics in 1973 in The Tomb of Dracula #10, and just after preserving a male from vampires, turned to searching them.
A thing that the studio will will need to figure out at some level is how to reconcile Ali’s job as Blade and as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes from Netflix’s Luke Cage sequence, which is technically a portion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well (albeit loosely, provided the tenuous connections in between the franchises). For that issue, he was also the voice of Miles Morales’ Uncle Aaron in Sony’s Spider-Guy: Into the Spider-verse. He’s certainly no stranger to superheroes.