Blade chief Bassam Tariq as of late examined the importance of Wesley Snipes’ Blade films when asked about his upcoming MCU take on the character. First announced at Marvel Studios’ Hall H panel during San Diego Comic-Con 2019, the film stars Mahershala Ali as the titular vampire tracker. Tariq as of late confirmed that he would coordinate the film following bits of gossip about him being Marvel’s decision in July.
When speaking to Indiewire about his latest film, Mogul Mowgli, Tariq examined how his film would approach the character. Tariq explained the opportunity he had while tackling the character of Blade because of a lack of a prohibitive canon. The chief also emphasized the importance of Wesley Snipes’ movies and what they meant for the current era of hero films with their triumphs, prior to discussing that he is so regarded to work with both star Ali and screenwriter Stacy Osei-Kuffour. Look at Tariq’s full statement underneath:
“What’s exciting about the film that we’re making is [there] hasn’t been a canon for ‘Blade,’ as we’re reading through the comics and everything. Him being a daywalker is the one thing that’s been established, and you realize we can’t deny what Wesley Snipes did, which was he basically got this show on the road. A Black man created the superhuman world that we’re in, that’s reality. For me to now be working with somebody as talented and a juggernaut as Mahershala Ali, and the author Stacy Osei-Kuffour, I’m simply so — I’m so regarded to be working with real Black juggernauts and Black talent. For me to simply be with them in this room and listen and learn as I assemble this out, it’s really an honor.”
Tariq’s comments offer insight into his vision of the daywalker. His conversation of Blade’s canon shows that while he is pulling inspiration from the character’s set of experiences, his take vows to be novel and something audiences may not anticipate. While he may offer a new approach to the saint, his acknowledgment of Snipes’ portrayal’s influence proposes that there will in any case be some familiarity among Snipes’ and Ali’s take that fans will perceive. With reports of Blade’s filming starting in July 2022, it’s conceivable more information on the MCU film could be revealed in the coming months.