‘Blade’ Set for McU Phase Five, But Don’t Be Shocked by ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Debut

Marvel Studios dominated Comic-Con 2019 with the announcement of its Phase Four films and television event series, but no single bit of news broke the internet quite like the confirmation that two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will be entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe as vampire hunter Blade. The comic book character was famously played on the big screen by Wesley Snipes in “Blade” (1998), “Blade II” (2002), and “Blade: Trinity” (2004). Although Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed back in 2013 that movie rights to “Blade” had reverted from New Line Cinema to Marvel, the majority of McU fans had no idea the vampire slayer was ready to make his McU debut.

Following the big Marvel presentation at Comic-Con, Feige spoke briefly to Fandango about how Blade took shape in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the big reasons was Ali himself, who pitched himself for the character shortly after winning his second Oscar. Feige
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