Marvel is rebooting the “Blade” series and has cast Mahershala Ali to star.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige declared the news at Comic-Con on Saturday as the board’s enormous consummation shock. Ali likewise made that big appearance at the declaration to huge praise.
Wesley Snipes recently played the half-vampire superhero in 1998’s “Edge” and its two continuations, “Blade II” and “Blade: Trinity.” Coincidentally, Feige was a co-maker on “Trinity.” The arrangement centers around the main vigilante, a human who has vampire qualities and shield people from vampires.
Ali has been on a hot streak starting late. He won his first Oscar, for the best supporting entertainer, in 2016 for “Moonlight,” and won a similar prize this year for his depiction of Don Shirley in “Green Book.” He most as of late featured in the third period of HBO’s show series”True Detective” and showed up in “Alita: Battle Angel.
It’s not Ali’s first foray in the superhero world. Last year, he voiced the Prowler in the animated hit “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and also played the villain Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in the first season of the Netflix/Marvel series “Luke Cage.”
“Blade” was only one of several big announcements made at Comic-Con. Among other big news: the full cast of “The Eternals” was revealed, “Shang-Chi” found its lead in Simu Liu and Natalie Portman is rejoining the Thor franchise.