It’s been well over a decade since Wesley Snipes played Blade on the big screen and while, much has changed in the time since a comeback could still be on the cards.
One potential route could be via the newly-rebooted Spider-Man franchise, with Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts seemingly open to the idea of featuring Blade in a future instalment.
The character of Blade does show up at certain points in the Spider-Man comics, when Spidey tangles with Morbius, a doctor who, in his attempts to cure himself of a rare blood disease, becomes a vampire-like creature himself.
“The tone of the character is pretty dark, but the vampire/Marvel Universe thing is pretty cool. Maybe we could get Blade to show up, too? That’d be neat,” Watts told We Got This Covered.
While Blade looks unlikely to appear in the next Spidey instalment, Snipes has already expressed an interest in reprising the role and may have hinted at ongoing discussions with Marvel.
“When it comes to another BLADE, there’s always a possibility,” Snipes tweeted back in May, adding that the “balls in Marvels court”.
Marvel bought back the rights to the character in 2013 and have long been discussing how to return the half-blood vampire hunter to the fold.
There may be some hesitation to involve Snipes though who was reportedly difficult to work with on the third film in the franchise, Blade Trinity.
Snipes allegedly spent much of his time off-camera alone in his trailer and only communicating with director David S. Goyer through post-it notes.
Then again, Marvel has a track record of giving second chances to actors, as Robert Downey Jr. attests and with Snipes stuck in something of a B-movie hell at the moment, this could be a great opportunity to champion this once-great box office draw.
Even if it simply amounts to Snipes appearing in a Spider-Man movie focused more on Morbius, fans would undoubtedly flock to see him back as a character that, for the first two films at least, he was excellent as.
There’s also the potential for Snipes to return as part of a plot that ushers in a younger and altogether different Blade.
Rumours have long circulated suggesting that the character’s comic book daughter, Fallon Grey, could be the one to take up the mantle.
Grey is around the same age as Peter Parker in the present incarnation and could be a great fit for the new-look franchise, with Snipes’ Blade passing the torch on to her in any future sequel.
The idea of Snipes returning as Blade may still be a long way off actually happening but there’s still hope and, more importantly, an opportunity to make this happen.
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