Mahershala Ali pays respects to Wesley Snipes as the original Blade

Mahershala Ali Wesley Snipes Blade

When it was announced that Mahershala Ali was going to portray Blade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was met with excitement from fans inside Hall H during the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. The vampire killer was a lowkey character that was made popular thanks to The Blade films starring Wesley Snipes. These films helped pave the way for many of the Marvel superhero movies fans have come to know and love today. Now we have Ali paying his respects to Snipes.

Wesley Snipes released a statement previously where he congratulated Mahershala Ali as the new Blade while also urging fans to chillax.

“To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, chillaaxx,” Snipes said. “Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s ALL good. Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the MCU crew – always a fan. Honor and respect to the grandmaster Stan. Congratulations and Salaam to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah, we will someday work together. Most importantly to my loyal fans, the incredible outpouring of love is overwhelming. I am grateful for the never-ending support. So, ‘nah fret nah worry, it’s not de end of de story.’ Welcome to the Daywalker Klique.”

Ali has taken to Instagram to show his respects by posting an image of Snipes as Blade. In the caption, he used a king’s crown as an emoji and tagged Snipe with two swords emoji.

Blade was an R-rated Marvel film that was released in 1998, with Blade 2 coming out in 2002 and Blade Trinity in 2004. The first blade film led to other Marvel superheroes joining the big screen with X-Men in 2000 and Spider-Man in 2002.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the list of Phase 4 films including Black Widow (2020), The Eternals (2020), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021), and Thor: Love and Thunder (2021). Blade will be part of the MCU’s Phase 5.

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