Marvel Reveals New BLADE: Mahershala Ali

We all thought it was over. Kevin Feige’s Marvel Phase 4 panel at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H gave us plenty to think about. From Eternals to scary Doctor Strange to Natalie Portman as Lady Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder, it was a stacked 90 minutes. And honestly, that would have been enough! But no, Feige had one last surprise. After saying he didn’t have time to talk about Fantastic Four or “mutants,” he did have one thing more. He brought up Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali who promptly put on a hat… “BLADE!”

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That’s right! While it’s not on the docket for the next two years, Marvel will add the Daywalker to their roster of big screen heroes. Blade debuted in the tenth issue of Marvel’s Tomb of Dracula comic back in 1973, from writer Marv Wolfman and penciller Gene Colan. He quickly became a supremely popular character, a half-vampire killer of vampires and other occult baddies. Blade first made it to the big screen in 1998 starring Wesley Snipes. Two sequels follows–one of them good–but eventually, that franchise sort of fell by the wayside.

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There had been a lot of speculation about whether Blade would end up on Netflix, or now Disney+. While they didn’t say specifically if this Blade would be a movie, you don’t get Mahershala Ali, two-time Academy Award winner, to just be on a streaming series. Unless it’s True Detective. Anyway. Ali has already played a character in the Marvel Universe; he portrayed villain Cottonmouth in the first season of Netflix’s Luke Cage. He also recently voiced Prowler in Sony’s Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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All of this just leads us to wonder how dark the movie could get. If the next Doctor Strange is a horror movie, then what’s to stop Blade from going full scary too? Nothing! Even if it doesn’t get as bloody as the Snipes movies did, a dark and scary PG-13 Blade could be, forgive the pun, Marvelous.

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