Wesley Snipes has been relatively quiet about the news of Oscar winner Mahershala Ali taking on the role of the prolific vampire hunter Blade for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, save for an initial welcoming to the "daywalker klique." However, the actor has now offered a more official statement regarding the casting.
In an interview for Netflix's Dolemite Is My Name movie, Snipes broke the silence on his thoughts of Ali being the face of the vampire hunter for the MCU, saying, "I'm happy for him to be considered. I'm for them to be looking at him." He then quoted the old adage, "Imitation is the best form of flattery."
"It's something that he has acknowledged he wanted to do and his family wanted him to do it, so I'm appreciative of getting the love that I've created something that others want to carry on and maybe put their own stamp on it," Snipes added.
It was during 2019's Comic-Con International in San Diego that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed Blade would be making his way to the MCU. While a release date has not been revealed, Ali came to the stage to confirm he would be playing the character originally portrayed by Snipes from 1998-2004.
Created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, Eric Brooks/Blade first appeared in 1973's The Tomb of Dracula #10. The skilled fighter possesses the powerful physical abilities of a vampire, though he's able to walk in the daylight without being killed. Throughout the comics, he's been portrayed as a vampire hunter.
At this time, no director or release date has been announced for Blade.