Two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali replaces Wesley Snipes as Blade for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a new piece of fan art.
The artwork, created by popular digital artist Boss Logic, envisions how Mahershala Ali will take over the mantle as Blade, who was previously brought to life on the silver screen by Wesley Snipes. Mahershala Ali was announced to portray Blade in an upcoming MCU film at the end of the Marvel Studios Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con in July. The announcement was made as Mahershala Ali put on a cap with the word “Blade” plastered on it, confirming that the character will be rebooted and Wesley Snipes would not return.
Here’s what Mahershala Ali could look like replacing Wesley Snipes as Blade.
Before signing on as Blade in the MCU, Mahershala Ali has been involved in two other Marvel projects. Mahershala played Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix and voiced Aaron Davis/The Prowler in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Wesley Snipes had previously campaigned to reprise his role as Blade in the MCU. Following the announcement of Mahershala Ali playing Blade, Wesley Snipes expressed his gratitude for the actor taking over the role.
It’s safe to say that there are no hard feelings between Mahershala Ali and Wesley Snipes.
Details on Mahershala Ali’s Blade remain under wraps, but Kevin Feige has confirmed the reboot won’t be part of Marvel Studios’ Phase 4. The new Blade project is said to have come about after Mahershala Ali called Marvel Studios expressing his desire to play the character following his second 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.
Stay tuned for the latest news on Mahershala Ali’s Blade reboot and other future Marvel Studios projects.
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".
Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.
Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.