Blade 4 needs to get made ASAP by Marvel Studios

Blade - Wesley SnipesJust one year after “Batman & Robin” appeared to send the comic book movie genre to extinction, Wesley Snipes starred in “Blade,” which for all intents and purposes saved the genre and led to us enjoying films like “X-Men,” “The Dark Knight” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

No arguments accepted people. Before “Blade,” Marvel Comics couldn’t get any of its heroes on the big screen (kindly ignore “Howard the Duck“) but the $70 million hit showed Hollywood execs that there was life, more specifically, big time money, in comic book movie films beyond Superman and Batman.

Now 16 years later, Snipes says he’s ready to suit up one more time to kill some vampires.

“I’d be open to it,” Snipes told MTV when asked if he’d return to the character. “We have some stones left unturned, and there’s some latitude for us to build on. I’d love to get back in the suit again and do some things that I’ve learned to do now that I didn’t know how to do then. I think we’re better at making that kind of a film now.”

And with Snipes game, Marvel Studios, which has control of the “Blade” movie license, should absolutely move forward quickly in making this happen.

While Marvel Studios has made gold out of pretty much everything it touches, the one big knock on its movie division has been its lack of diverse heroes.

Hogun_thorThere’s nearly as many green heroes (Hulk, “Guardian’s” Drax and Gamora) as there are black heroes (Falcon, Nick Fury, War Machine/Iron Patriot and “Thor’s” Heimdell). There’s just one Asian (“Thor’s” Hogun) and surprisingly no Latino in a significant role. Michael Pena (“End of Watch“) has a yet to be announced role in “Ant-Man,” but for all the twisting of the character’s origin, there wasn’t necessarily a reason why he couldn’t have played the title role.

Fast-tracking “Blade 4” would silence the dissatisfied masses who want to see a black hero starring in his own film as opposed to playing the sidekick role to another character. If nothing else, it would allow filmmakers a bit more time to figure out how to translate Black Panther on to the big screen.

Unlike some of the other MS $100 million films, Blade doesn’t require a massive budget. The 2007 vampire action/thriller “30 Days of Nights”  packed a lot of scary vampire effects into its $32 million budget. Marvel Studios could make a great Blade film for under $80 million since the biggest expense (after Snipes’ salary) is vampire death scenes and some cool displays of their power.

Morbius_The_Living_Vampire_And really, this is a franchise that Marvel Studios doesn’t have to introduce to audiences. Snipes made Blade such an impressionable character that he’d easily slide back into the role. Add in a few Marvel horror characters (Morbius anyone?) cameos, this could easily be an easy slot for a Phase 3 Marvel Studios film.

What do you think? Want to see Snipes back as Blade?







  • keith

    yes.. easy answer. plus he can use the money im sure.

  • Fred

    I’m with another Blade if done right, you get that back on the big screen as well as Black Panther and now you’re talking.

  • I wouldn’t mind seeing another Blade. Part 2 is one of this century’s best vampire flick regardless of genre. Part 3, not so much. Still, I don’t hate it like I once did. The interesting thing in all this is I’ve always thought Snipes would make a great Black Panther. Sadly, he’s probably too old to get the part. Same goes for my next choice, Michael Jai White.

  • Yep. I wouldn’t be against a Falcon standalone either.

  • The only thing I really don’t like about Blade: Trinity is Dracula is so miscast he doesn’t seem like a real threat.

    I’d still want Jai White to play Luke Cage!

  • Fred

    Yeah Wesley would have been a very good choice for T’Challa 15-20 years ago and MJW wouldn’t have been too bad either 15-20 years ago. But Djimon Hounsou and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje would have been even better choices, but unfortunately all of those brothers are too old for the role now. However they still could be in the film in another capacity, that’s for sure. I’ve been saying for a while that Chadwick Boseman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gbenga Akinnagbe, David Oyelowo and Aldis Hodge are the best fits for the role. Obviously whoever plays T’Challa can’t be too old, but he should be seasoned and not too young either, that’s why I think late mid 20’s to mid 30’s sounds just about right.

  • What has Gbenga been in? He’s unfamiliar to me.
    I’d like to think Marvel is starting to narrow down its selections for T’Challa. Gotta figure Boseman is near or at the top of the list.

  • Fred

    Gbenga played the bully who was after Bow Wow in his winning ticket in “Lottery Ticket”, but he’s most known for his role as a drug henchman in “The Wire”, surprised you don’t remember that Jeff. It might not be much to it, but I seen an interview with Chadwick Boseman on a radio show that aired yesterday where he was asked about his rumored role of Black Panther and he just kept saying I know nothing about it and laughed it off. One comment that really struck me as interesting is when he and another guy said ‘Until a contract is signed on the dotted line it’s nothing to say’, which leads me to believe that not only is he on Marvel’s radar for the title role, but he’s most likely their man and they’re just probably hammering out paper work like how many films he will sign on for, but that’s just a calculated guess by me and I could be wrong.