It’s been a long time since we watched Wesley Snipes run around decapitating vampires in the Blade franchise. A quick reminder: Blade is the first Marvel comic book hero that brought commercial success at the box office. Batman and Superman had their time to shine in the 80’s. The Fantastic Four was released in 1994, but bringing it up is just sad. However, in 1998 Wesley Snipes knocked comic book and vampires fan on their butts. Two sequels followed, the first of which was directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and then Blade was gone.
Due to an enzyme in his blood stream resultant from his mother’s being bitten by a vampire while giving birth to him, Blade is immune to the bites of typical, supernatural vampires. At certain instances he also appeared immune to vampire hypnosis as well. He lacked superhuman physical attributes, however, and relied solely on his considerable skill and determination until Morbius, an atypical, scientifically created vampire, bit him and Blade was turned into something resembling a dhampir. Blade possesses superhuman strength, stamina, speed, agility, heightened senses, and a rapid healing factor that attacks any alien substances (chemicals/viruses) in his body and eliminates any chance of him being rendered helpless or maimed from the inside and is unaffected by daylight and most other traditional vampire weaknesses. He also ages very slowly (although he’s not immortal) and can preternaturally sense supernatural activity.
The saddest part of it all, Blade: Trinity came out just four years before Iron Man. You see how close we were to having Wesley’s Blade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)? Well, now Wesley is getting up there in age. Not that he’s too old to kick ass (just in case he reads this and sees me on the street), but Blade’s absence in the MCU has been felt. Let’s bring him back into the picture, and who better than Michael Jai White to take the reigns? No one, that’s who. Just go watch Blood and Bone, Undisputed II, Falcon Rising, Black Dynamite and his Never Back Down films.
Not only is MJW a skilled martial artist, he’s also incredibly funny. His early roles seemed to relied on his appearance a bit more with a breakout role as Mike Tyson on HBO, followed by starring in Spawn. Then, after awhile someone must’ve realized MJW is hilarious. Have you seen Marcus in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? How about it’s sequel Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? We are supposed to treat them like A Tribe Called Quest and say the whole thing together, right? Okay, if you didn’t see those, PLEASE tell me you’ve seen Black Dynamite. Have a sip real quick and tell me you don’t like this:
Here’s the crazy part, MJW helped write the film. He’s not just delivering lines, they came from his mind! Blade may not be the funniest comic book hero in the land, but Wesley Snipes found a way to bring humor to a pretty dark character. MJW is just as physically intimidating and clever. You know, there’s rumor of Blade coming into the MCU or perhaps even Marvel’s Netflix shows. To be honest, he’d fit right in with Daredevil or The Punisher. So, I wonder if Marvel has already called MJW’s people. What do you think of this casting?