Why Mahershala Ali Was Drawn to ‘Blade’ More Than Any Other MCU Character

Why Mahershala Ali Was Drawn to ‘Blade’ More Than Any Other MCU Character



Before Twilight turned all the trend, vampires in motion pictures have been seen as terrifying forces of darkness, from Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Marvel Comics’ Blade. Now, actor Mahershala Ali is gearing as much as put his personal spin on Marvel’s vampire anti-hero. In an interview for The Tightrope, Ali teased that his Blade might be darker in tone than most different MCU superheroes, which is what drew him to the position within the first place.

“I love that [Blade is] 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.”

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In Marvel Comics, Blade began out as an extraordinary mortal battling vampires after the circumstances of his delivery made him proof against vampire bites and hypnotism. Later, whereas combating Morbius, the Living Vampire, Blade was bitten, and because of this turned a dhampir, a cross between a vampire and a human, which earned him the nickname “Daywalker”.

The Blade movies starring Wesley Snipes within the 90s stored sure components of the character’s story from the comics whereas discarding others. The motion pictures have been an enormous success. Years later, Mahershala Ali discovered himself engaged on one other Marvel challenge that includes a Black superhero in Luke Cage. It was then that he remembered the Blade motion pictures, and got down to see if he might be part of their reboot.

“I did this Marvel show for Netflix called Luke Cage. 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 they were trying to find a way to remake and put it back together. And it was exciting for me to get to be in that Marvel space and TV, but for me, my goal had always been film. But also being able to participate in television in a very specific way that had real meaning, but my larger goal was to be able to really navigate between film and television.”

Ali garnered approval for his villainous flip as Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes in Luke Cage, and that acquired his foot within the door at Marvel Studios. Finally, the actor was in a position to put his want to play a brand new model of the Daywalker earlier than Kevin Feige, as a option to honor Snipes’ legacy with the character.

“[My desire to play Blade was] 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 sort of ushered in this era of Marvel and DC, sort of like comic book stuff. 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 back to high school. People use to joke and say that we looked alike and all this stuff. I just brought it up as someone who really wanted to take on that [Blade] role and tackle that.”

The topper artwork of Mahershala Ali as The MCU’s Blade comes from BossLogic.

Neeraj Chand

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