Comic-Con: Mahershala Ali Introduced As The New Blade

We don’t know when. We don’t know how. But we do know WHO. Blade is finally returning to the big screen, and now officially as part of the MCU. As the final hammer dropped by Marvel in a night full of them, Kevin Feige introduced Oscar winner Mahershala Ali as the new Blade.

Mahershala Ali is Blade, ya’ll.

Damn, these are good times we’re living in.

Okay, putting it all out on front street; I LOVE Wesley Snipes as Blade. Those movies, and him in particular as a black hero in a time when we weren’t getting much love on the screen, really kicked off the modern superhero movie renaissance. And I’ve hoped Wesley would return to the role at some point. But I can’t complain about him being replaced by someone like Ali, who is one of the finest actors working today.

We don’t know shit else right now, but this was enough. It looks like Marvel’s Phase 4 is going to run from 2020 to 2021, which means look for 2022 at the earliest possibly later for the Daywalker to sink his teeth into the MCU.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.