Mahershala Ali’s Blade gears up to fight the undead in the MCU in an impressive new concept design.
Although it’ll be some time before Mahershala Ali’s Blade makes his debut into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that hasn’t stopped fans from picturing what the defender against the supernatural could look like on the big screen. Ali’s previous MCU role was in Netflix’s Luke Cage as Cottonmouth and fans were disappointed that he wasn’t a larger part of the series – but showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker recently explained why his role didn’t continue further.
The new design from Barrett.Digital on Instagram sees Mahershala Ali don a tactical battle suit to fight the hordes of vampires that he’s vowed to vanquish from the MCU. It’s a completely different look to the Blade fans might instantly think of – there’s no intimidating large trench-coat here! Instead, Blade’s kitted out with a number of stakes strapped to his arms and legs as well as a crossbow strapped to his back. And if that doesn’t prove that he means business, just take a look at the imposing sword the MCU hero’s wielding in his bloody hands. It might be a step away from the Blade fans know, but it’s a slick design for the daywalker. Take a look below.
What do you think of Blade’s tactical look in the concept design? Do you think he needs the classic leather jacket in the MCU? Sound-off in the comments!
Full details on Mahershala Ali’s Blade are currently unknown, though Kevin Feige confirmed the reboot will be part of Marvel Studios’ Phase 5. The project is said to have come about after Mahershala Ali called Marvel expressing his interest in Blade following his Academy Award win for his performance in Green Book.
In Marvel Comics, Blade is also known as Eric Brooks, the half-human and half-vampire master martial artist whose mother was killed by a vampire during his birth. Since then, Blade has mastered his own fighting style to take on various types of monsters and rid the world of vampires. Wesley Snipes first portrayed the eponymous hero in 1998’s Blade and returned for the first sequel directed by Guillermo del Toro before making what is now his final appearance as the character in Blade Trinity.
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