Wesley Snipes is still interested in making Blade 4, but the ball is in Marvel’s court. Long before Marvel Studios began producing films in-house, Marvel Entertainment licensed out their characters to various studios with the hopes of getting at least some of them on the big screen. That’s what led to 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man series, not to mention New Line Cinema’s Blade series.
When fans discuss the current age of the superhero renaissance in feature films, one of the films that is often overlooked is 1998’s Blade, starring Wesley Snipes. Considered more of a horror movie than a comic book adaptation, the film’s gory subject matter didn’t fit in line with the PG-13 adventures of other iconic heroes at the time. 20 years later, Snipes himself has confirmed he’s open to the idea of reprising the role for the fourth time.
In an interview with THR, Wesley Snipes once again asserted his desire to reprise his role as Blade in a potential Blade 4, but he said he’s also open to appearing in other comic book roles as well.
“I am very much open to all of the possibilities,” Snipes confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. “IfBlade 4 comes along, that is a conversation we can have. And there are other characters in the Marvel universe that, if they want to invite me to play around with, I am with that too. I think the fans have a hunger for me to revisit the Blade character, so that could limit where they could place me as another character in that universe.”
The character’s films were ahead of their time, as audiences are now clamoring for Snipes to resurrect the character in any project related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately, bringing Marvel characters to life is easier said than done, as the MCU has demonstrated it would rather hold onto a character until an organic entry point can be created as opposed to making a character appear merely due to fan excitement.
Although Blade is now back at Marvel, Kevin Feige has said there’s no plan to integrate Blade into the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and that, presumably, includes the MCU’s TV side – but it’s something he’d like to see happen eventually. If there is ever interest in reviving Blade, Snipes is certainly open to returning to the fold.