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12.21.2016

The mighty Marvel machine has been thundering ahead like an unstoppable juggernaut, and its stunning business victory has helped them reclaim characters whose rights had been sold to various studios during the company's financial instability in the 1990s (the Juggernaut is not among them, ironically).

Since then, we've seen new versions of Daredevil, Elektra, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man and the Punisher existing within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, whether in movies, TV shows or Netflix series. But while the rights to the vampire-hunting half-vampire known as Blade quietly returned beneath the Marvel umbrella, we haven't seen the character reappear on screen... yet.

In 1998, long before Tony Stark's armor-clad alter-ego would launch a shockingly successful interrelated series of movies, New Line Cinema released the R-rated BLADE (Marvel's first comic character to reach theaters since the questionable quacker HOWARD THE DUCK in 1986).

The bloody action proved to be a box office success, and (despite Blade's obscure origins) helped ignite a new era of big-screen comic book adaptations. For three movies, Wesley Snipes famously sliced his way through an army of suckheads as the "Daywalker" (followed by Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones, who did the same but much less famously on a short-lived Spike TV series).

Blade (born Eric Brooks) first appeared in 1973 as a supporting character in Marvel's Tomb of Dracula comic series. His mother was bitten by dastardly bloodsucker Deacon Frost while she was giving birth, resulting in certain aspects of vampirism being passed to Blade. Growing up with a prolonged lifespan, and gaining superhuman physical abilities after being bitten by Morbius the Living Vampire, Blade dedicated his life to traveling the world and slaughtering the vampire menace.

The character has been prominent in several comics and storylines over the years, teaming with other supernatural allies like Doctor Strange and Ghost Rider, joining a detective agency in the Nightstalkers comic series, getting caught up in the Civil War crossover event, and joining the Avengers under the Ronin identity. Blade has also appeared in various cartoons, videogames and even an anime series.

But when Blade finally shows up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and we still don't know where or when that might be), who will be wearing the black leather outfit and turning vamps to ash? In the minds of many movie and comic fans, Wesley Snipes will forever embody the character. And although he could likely still kick plenty of bloodsucker butt at 54 years old, Marvel will probably want to create a whole new continuity and therefore put someone different in the role.

So who should play the new Blade?

Michael Jai White is certainly imposing and geared for action, and still deserves another crack at a major comic character 20 years after SPAWN. For someone less familiar, how about Aldis Hodge, who has starred on the TV series "Leverage" and "Underground", and played MC Ren in last year's STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON? Or for an even more unknown quantity, I'll suggest John David Washington. He's basically known only from HBO's series "Ballers", but he's athletic and throws a Snipes vibe, and I'm sure he inherited some talent from his dad Denzel.

Let us know below who YOU think would make a badass Blade!

Results from the previous CAST THIS: GREEN HORNET AND KATO:

The Green Hornet - 1. Armie Hammer  2. Patrick Wilson  3. Jon Hamm

And for Kato: 1. Joe Taslim (THE RAID)  2. Donnie Yen  3. Steven Yuen ("The Walking Dead")

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9:37PM on 12/22/2016
Mahershala Ali was in my mind until he was in Luke Cage. ActionFan81 below me here mentioned Michael Ealy who I have also thought about before. Maybe a little more softer spoken than you'd expect, but I bet he could turn it up and be a badass.
Mahershala Ali was in my mind until he was in Luke Cage. ActionFan81 below me here mentioned Michael Ealy who I have also thought about before. Maybe a little more softer spoken than you'd expect, but I bet he could turn it up and be a badass.
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2:29AM on 12/22/2016
John David Washington all the way! He just oozes swagger and charisma. Perhaps another pick would be Michael Ealy yes, he looks more suited as a romantic lead but he can be intense too (see Never Die Alone or the recent The Perfect Guy)
John David Washington all the way! He just oozes swagger and charisma. Perhaps another pick would be Michael Ealy yes, he looks more suited as a romantic lead but he can be intense too (see Never Die Alone or the recent The Perfect Guy)
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10:39PM on 12/21/2016
It's a shame that they cast Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther, because I seriously think he would have been perfect for Blade. Lance Gross was the backup choice for Luke Cage and he would probably be my #1 pick for a TV series (which is probably where we're most likely to see Blade at this point). Like a lot of others, John David Washington has impressed me with what little I've seen him in and he'd by my second choice. I also seriously respect that, like Scott Eastwood, he's quietly carving
It's a shame that they cast Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther, because I seriously think he would have been perfect for Blade. Lance Gross was the backup choice for Luke Cage and he would probably be my #1 pick for a TV series (which is probably where we're most likely to see Blade at this point). Like a lot of others, John David Washington has impressed me with what little I've seen him in and he'd by my second choice. I also seriously respect that, like Scott Eastwood, he's quietly carving out a career for himself without having to whore out the fact that he's the son of a major celebrity.
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8:03PM on 12/21/2016

Michael Jai White has always been my pick but....

Here's a thought: What about Jamie Foxx? Yeah, he was Electro in Sony's "Amazing Spider-Man 2" and it didn't end up so good, but with Blade... it could be like his Deadpool or Affleck with Batman; a new, second chance at the superhero genre.
Here's a thought: What about Jamie Foxx? Yeah, he was Electro in Sony's "Amazing Spider-Man 2" and it didn't end up so good, but with Blade... it could be like his Deadpool or Affleck with Batman; a new, second chance at the superhero genre.
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7:20PM on 12/21/2016
Adewale, Michael K Williams, Michael Jai White, Adrain Lester all these guys are between 48-50 years old if you are going to recast for a series or a rebooted movie franchise you probably want younger. Otherwise just bring back Snipes who is 54, not much older than those everyone is suggesting and IS Blade already! However, if they do recast, then John Washington would be my vote, he is charismatic and cool on Ballers.
Adewale, Michael K Williams, Michael Jai White, Adrain Lester all these guys are between 48-50 years old if you are going to recast for a series or a rebooted movie franchise you probably want younger. Otherwise just bring back Snipes who is 54, not much older than those everyone is suggesting and IS Blade already! However, if they do recast, then John Washington would be my vote, he is charismatic and cool on Ballers.
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6:31PM on 12/21/2016
He may be on the "old" side (whatever that means these days), but what about Michael K. Williams? Talk about an actor with an instantly iconic presence and cool.
He may be on the "old" side (whatever that means these days), but what about Michael K. Williams? Talk about an actor with an instantly iconic presence and cool.
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6:17PM on 12/21/2016
If he didn't already have a notable MCU character I'd say Idris Elba...
... but I'm going to suggest Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Yes, he's also got a MCU character, but was largely unrecognisable so I reckon it could work.
If he didn't already have a notable MCU character I'd say Idris Elba...
... but I'm going to suggest Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Yes, he's also got a MCU character, but was largely unrecognisable so I reckon it could work.
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4:50PM on 12/21/2016

Wesley Snipes

Even though he's old and Blade 3 was awhile ago, he's still in great shape and condition to reprise the role. But since that probably won't happen, I think John David Washington would be an ideal candidate who if actually picked could get his dad involved in the MCU somehow.
Even though he's old and Blade 3 was awhile ago, he's still in great shape and condition to reprise the role. But since that probably won't happen, I think John David Washington would be an ideal candidate who if actually picked could get his dad involved in the MCU somehow.
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1:27PM on 12/21/2016

Wesley Snipes

He can play blade for another 10 years
He can play blade for another 10 years
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12:10PM on 12/21/2016
I've never seen Ballers but John David Washington really looks the part, he's got a badass look about him.
I've never seen Ballers but John David Washington really looks the part, he's got a badass look about him.
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6:27PM on 12/21/2016
Go figure, that's Denzel's son.
Go figure, that's Denzel's son.
11:31AM on 12/21/2016
Blade is supposed to be British (it was sort of abandoned but then brought back in the comics). I think that would be nice to distance him from Snipes
For a little while I wanted Sicario's Daniel Kaluuya but he has since been cast in Black Panther.
So I guess 2nd degree black belt Adrian Lester. He's older than they would want, but I think its worth it.
Anyone but Michael Jai White.
Blade is supposed to be British (it was sort of abandoned but then brought back in the comics). I think that would be nice to distance him from Snipes
For a little while I wanted Sicario's Daniel Kaluuya but he has since been cast in Black Panther.
So I guess 2nd degree black belt Adrian Lester. He's older than they would want, but I think its worth it.
Anyone but Michael Jai White.
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10:44AM on 12/21/2016
I would really have to throw my vote behind John David Washington. As limited as Ballers has been for a TV show, he shows a lot of range with his character. He's super athletic and I think he could bring a similar, yet different, charisma to the character that Snipes brought.

I'm going to say it, but Michael Jai White just doesn't have the talent or presence to carry a franchise. He's been floating around Hollywood for decades and yet to land a major role, not just a comic book role, just
I would really have to throw my vote behind John David Washington. As limited as Ballers has been for a TV show, he shows a lot of range with his character. He's super athletic and I think he could bring a similar, yet different, charisma to the character that Snipes brought.

I'm going to say it, but Michael Jai White just doesn't have the talent or presence to carry a franchise. He's been floating around Hollywood for decades and yet to land a major role, not just a comic book role, just a major role in anything. He's kind of like Nathan Fillion, great pic but just not what the studios will want for the centerpiece of a franchise.

As far as Aldis Hodge goes, all I picture is Voodoo off Friday Night Lights when I see him. And that's mainly because he seems to only play the same character over and over again. Not a lot of range for an actor that needs to carry a franchise.
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10:25AM on 12/21/2016
Michael Jai White has a more rugged look for Blade. As bad as Spawn was, I still loved it. I mean, it was bad, but somehow I still find enjoyment from it.
Michael Jai White has a more rugged look for Blade. As bad as Spawn was, I still loved it. I mean, it was bad, but somehow I still find enjoyment from it.
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11:14AM on 12/21/2016
To bad he's 49.
To bad he's 49.
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