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Mahershala Ali Reveals that Blade Will Bring a Darker Tone to the MCU

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Since it was revealed that Mahershala Ali will star as Blade during Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last year, we’ve heard very little about the film. All we know so far is that Ali will play the lead role and that the movie won’t be part of phase 4 of the MCU.

The only thing we’ve seen since the announcement was a sketch that the Luke Cage and Moonlight star shared on his Instagram. The drawing teased what Ali might look like once he puts on the shades and picks up the sword to play Blade.

Thankfully we now have a small update after Ali appeared on an episode of The Tight Rope podcast. The star revealed how he managed to land the role of Blade and how his role in Luke Cage sparked the idea. He also discussed his respect for previous Blade actor Wesley Snipes and teased that the film will have a darker tone than MCU fans will be used to.

Ali first discussed how he became interested in the role following the premiere of Luke Cage, where he played Cottonmouth. He also revealed that the project may have been a series made by Marvel Television.

So I did this Marvel show for Netflix called Luke Cage, right? And so in doing that show, the day it premiered I had turned to my agent and I had said, what are they doing with Blade? Because I kept hearing that they were trying to find a way to remake it and put it back together, and it was exciting for me to get to be in that Marvel space in TV, but for me my goal had always been film… But also being able to participate in television in very specific ways that had real meaning, but my larger goal was to be able to really navigate between film and television, and so I turned to my agent and I said you know, what’re they doing with Blade? And he goes I check on it, and so there was this long process of them speaking about, at least in the television division, really wanted to make it a TV show again, but not necessarily, trying to acquire the rights still, and some thing’s kinda going on, so it took a couple of years…

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Ali then went on to discuss his admiration for Wesley Snipes’ portrayal of Blade, and how a combination of starring in Luke Cage and Blade trilogy’s darker tones inspired him to take on the role.

But it was really my participation in Luke Cage that sparked the idea, married with being so inspired by Wesley Snipes’ work, and what he had done, and how much had changed since his iteration of Blade, and how that had really sorta like ushered in this era of like this Marvel and DC sort of like comic book stuff. For me, like I just felt like since they were having conversations about bringing it back into being, I just wanted to be considered for it because I had definitely a connection, at least in my mind to Wesley Snipes going way back to high school when people used to joke and say we looked alike, and all this stuff.

Wesley was someone who I recognized, and yet had an impact on my confidence, and in just me sort of just kinda like standing in my own truth and own strength in a certain way. So I always kind of followed his choices, and really was inspired by his work, and so many others, but Wesley in particular, and so I just brought it up as someone who wanted to, I really wanted to take on that role, and tackle that, and also‚ĶI love that it’s darker, that’s all in terms of tone, he’s a little bit darker than some of the other ones, and so that element was attractive to me.

You can watch Mahershala Ali’s full interview on The Tight Rope podcast below:

Blade doesn’t have a release date yet.

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Dave Horobin
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Formerly the Social Media Manager and a writer for TrueAchievements (the world's leading Xbox website) and now attempting to use some of what I learned on a new project. Lover of most MCU films and TV shows, football, gaming and tech.

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