While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has yet to bring the Blade property into the fold, rumors have stirred that a television or Netflix show could eventually be on the cards. But should that happen, Marvel’s got an unexpected offer of interest from one of their own actors: Anthony Mackie, who plays the Falcon in the Captain America movies.
At a recent appearance at WizardCon, actor Anthony Mackie mentioned that he’d really like to play Blade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in spite of his existing commitment to play another character:
“I pretty much want to grow up to be Wesley Snipes. If we can bring back Blade, I’d definitely be Blade in every Blade movie.”
If Mackie’s wish came true, then Marvel Studios could find itself in a bit of a predicament with their roster of characters: Falcon would either have to be killed off or recast for Mackie to portray the character, or the two characters could mutually exist in the setting so long as they never interacted (like how Alfre Woodard had roles in both Captain America: Civil War and Luke Cage). It also brings into mind Chris Evans leaving the Fantastic Four franchise to play Captain America, or – more recently – how Michael B. Jordan similarly left the option to return to the same franchise after the disastrous reboot in favor of a role as Black Panther‘s lead villain, Erik Killmonger. On the bright side, should the switch occur (or if Mackie were somehow able to play both characters at the same time), then it likely wouldn’t interfere with his existing movie contract. That being said, it seems as though Wesley Snipes himself wouldn’t mind revisiting the character in a different setting, so Mackie could potentially be at odds with his own idol, it seems.
Marvel Shows We’d Like to See Made
As the “golden age of television” continues, one genre that has been on the uptick has been superhero TV shows. The CW almost has every day on lock with many DC Comics-centric TV shows like Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, as well as shows like iZombie, and the upcoming Riverdale. Other networks such as AMC and Fox (among others) have Preacher and The Walking Dead, Gotham, and Lucifer, respectively.
Marvel has been diversifying their portfolio as well. When they first introduced Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they only slightly-connected their television universe with their cinematic universe. While recent corporate changes in their business structure have distanced their properties from each other, they still maintain a continuity. Shows like Agent Carter as well as the many Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, the upcoming Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders) all have events connected to their big screen counterparts. Currently, Marvel has Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Inhumans (coming next year) on ABC along with Damage Control (TBD) while Cloak and Dagger (airing on Freeform next year), and Runaways (developed for Hulu) are in development.
With such a large assortment of comic books and comic book characters, Marvel has barely scratched the surface. Here are a few comic book characters that could definitely use their own show…