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MCU Blade Actor Mahershala Ali Receives Advice From Wesley Snipes

By Mabel Judith Andrady
November 23,2021

Wesley Snipes has some words of wisdom for MCU Blade Actor Mahershala Ali. Snipes starred as Blade in three films produced by New Line Cinema and Marvel Studios. Director Stephen Norrington helmed the first film, Blade, in 1998, followed by Guillermo del Toro for the sequel, and David S. Goyer for the final instalment, Blade: Trinity.

Originally appearing in Marvel’s The Tomb of Dracula #10 in 1973, Marv Wolfman and Gene Colon created blade. Sticky Fingaz starred in a live-action TV series based on the character, and he has since made numerous appearances in animated and comic books.

Ali Reaches Out To Snipes

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige introduced MCU Blade Actor Mahershala Ali as the new Blade during the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. Stacy Osei-Kuffour, HBO’s Watchmen scribe, has been writing the script, while Bassam Tariq has been rumoured to be in charge of directing. Ali made his voice-only debut as Blade in the Eternals post-credits scene for the first time, which starred Dane Whitman.


In Conversation with Yahoo! Movies, according to Kevin Polowy, Ali has been in contact with him and has expressed an interest in taking over for him. No one will be affected by Ali taking over the role, according to Snipes. If Ali asked Snipes for advice on playing Blade, the veteran actor had a few specific points to make. These include being in excellent physical condition and having fun. Here’s the full text of what he had to say:

“Make sure you’re in shape, man. Make sure you’re in shape. Try not to get hurt, that’s a biggie. The demands of an action movie is you’ve gotta be an elite athlete. And being well-conditioned to survive and to avoid injury. And enjoy it while it lasts.”

Snipes’ Legacy Carries On

Wesley Snipes

For his work in Moonlight in 2017 and Green Book in 2019, Ali was awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Film. The actor has appeared in several high-profile projects, including Netflix’s House of Cards, HBO’s True Detective, Marvel/Luke Netflix’s Cage, HBO’s Treme, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. Aside from Invincible and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Ali has provided voiceovers for several other projects.

When Snipes was in charge of Blade, he left an indelible impression on the character’s personality. Thankfully, the actor has shown respect for the surface while maintaining his composure as he moves forward on the MCU chessboard. This, of course, is a good thing. Many fans would have preferred to see Snipes continue in the role. However, the 12-year age gap between the actors would have quickly caught up. Snipes’ legacy will be honoured. However, Mahershala Ali’s take on the role will likely be emulated when it’s time to pass the torch again. Ali is an excellent choice for the role and will surely give it a unique spin.

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