‘Blade’ Star Wesley Snipes Met With Marvel, Says ‘Blade 4’ Is Possible
Marvel Studios may not be at Comic-Con 2015, but that’s not keeping some stars from talking up the studio and its potential projects. It’s been 11 years since the release of the disappointing Blade: Trinity, which sent the comic book film franchise out on a sour note, leaving fans hopeful for a more proper send-off for our favorite half-vampire hero. That never happened, but Wesley Snipes is still giving fans hope.
Last year, the actor told Empire that if he still had the rights to Blade, he would make another film, but the rights reverted back to Marvel — and the studio has a pretty packed schedule through 2019. But Deadline caught up with Snipes at Comic-Con while the actor is there to promote his new NBC series The Player, and Snipes revealed that he’s met with Marvel about the possibility of another Blade movie.
The project is controlled by Marvel and we did have a really productive and a wonderful meeting and we discussed a number of things. I don’t know where it’s on their schedule at this point, that hasn’t been decided. I guess it’s still up in the air.
A meeting with Marvel about the possibility of something is hardly news, but Snipes’ quote seems to indicate that Marvel is interested in pursuing another Blade film — whether it will star Snipes or not is uncertain, but my guess is that Marvel would like to reboot the series somewhere down the line.
Even if another Blade movie doesn’t happen with Snipes, the actor said it’s “a possibility” that he could join the MCU in another capacity, and went on to describe his love for comic book adaptations and franchises, while acknowledging the difficulties it presents:
Clearly there’s an audience for it, both domestically and internationally. And I know that only a few guys can do this. Not everybody can do the comic book adaptation thing and make it believable. It is challenging.
The first two Blade films are really solid action flicks, with Guillermo del Toro’s Blade II standing out among the three. The tone of the MCU doesn’t really allow for something like Blade, but the studio could very well reboot the franchise independently from its interconnected universe of films should the proper talent align. That means that they don’t necessarily need to allow for space on their MCU schedule for a Blade movie — and hey, anything is possible.