Ali has big shoes to fill as the vampire slayer from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Wesley Snipes turned the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s favorite vampire hunter into an iconic comic character in three “Blade” movies between 1998 and 2004. Next to take over is two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali in an upcoming film. from Marvel Studios directed by “Mogul”. Mowgli ”Bassam Tariq. Naturally, during press assignments for his new Netflix miniseries “True Story”, Snipes has answered questions about the future of “Blade” and in an interview with Yahoo! Films (via JoBlo.com), Snipes revealed the advice he gave to Ali once the latter was elected.
“We talked. We shared that the subject of his choice was not between us, you know, that matter. I’m fine with that. I don’t walk like Blade, so I’m not attached to the character that way, you know? I don’t feel any loss. emotional. Zero. And I’m happy he was cast and most likely does a great job, “Snipes said.
He told Ali to “make sure you’re in shape, man. Make sure you are in shape. Try not to hurt yourself. That is great. Action movie demands, you have to be an elite athlete and well conditioned to survive and avoid injury. And enjoy it while it lasts. “
Ali was instrumental in casting “PEN15” Emmy nominee Stacy Osei-Kuffour for the screenplay for “Blade,” making her the MCU’s first black screenwriter. Tariq and Osei-Kuffour have a great box to play in: with its lack of canon, “Blade” is a more mutable IP.
“The exciting thing about the movie we’re making is [there] it’s not been canon for ‘Blade’ as we’re reading the comics and everything, “Tariq told IndieWire in a recent interview. “That he’s a daywalker is the only thing that’s been established, and you know we can’t deny what Wesley Snipes did, which basically got all of this rolling. A black man created the superhero world we are in, that’s the truth. For me, now working with someone as talented and a monster like Mahershala Ali, and the writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour, I am so honored to be working with real black monsters and black talents. For me, being with them in this room and listening and learning as I build this is truly an honor. “