Marvel is rebooting the “Blade” series, and has cast Mahershala Ali to star.

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige announced the news at Comic-Con on Saturday as the panel’s big ending surprise. Ali also took the stage at the announcement to massive applause, donning the Blade baseball cap.

Wesley Snipes previously played the half-vampire superhero in 1998’s “Blade” and its two sequels, “Blade II” and “Blade: Trinity.” Coincidentally, Feige was a co-producer on “Trinity.” The series focuses on the titular vigilante, a human who possesses vampire strengths and protect humans from vampires.

Ali has been on a hot streak as of late. He won his first Oscar, for best supporting actor, in 2016 for “Moonlight,” and won the same prize this year for his portrayal of Don Shirley in “Green Book.” He most recently starred in the third season of HBO’s drama series “True Detective” and appeared in “Alita: Battle Angel.”

It’s not Ali’s first foray in the superhero world. Last year, he voiced the Prowler in the animated hit “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and also played the villain Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in the first season of the Netflix/Marvel series “Luke Cage.”

“Blade” was only one of several big announcements made at Comic-Con. Among other big news: the full cast of “The Eternals” was revealed, “Shang-Chi” found its lead in Simu Liu and Natalie Portman is rejoining the Thor franchise.

15 responses to “Mahershala Ali to Star in Marvel’s ‘Blade’ Reboot”

  1. bill says:

    Great actor, can’t eat for this new BLADE!

  2. Harold C says:

    All they have to do now is make Wesley Snipes “Whistler” and I’m all in!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. J Money says:

    Okay great love Mahershala!…..But, will this be Rated R??

  4. LJE says:

    Ali is a fantastic actor. I’m sure his rendition of the Daywalker will be amazing.

  5. Tony says:

    Here… let’s regurgitate something for the umptheenth time because we can’t think of anything new though our field is, creativity.

    Getting really tired of boxing the same thing in different wrap.

    • Hausjam says:

      So does Cottonmouth come back to life as Blade? Or is marvel finally admitting the Netflix shows had nothing to do with the MCU?

  6. Bill B. says:

    Other than money it’s hard to imagine why this classy actor would want anything to do with this junk, but from what I’ve read he really wanted it. Talented guy even though that second Oscar wouldn’t have been my choice. It’s also insulting that he was even in the supporting category.

  7. JustAnObserver says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I think Mahershala Ali is superb…But I don’t think this is a great fit.

    I think the role calls for a younger (looking?) actor that could offer a combination of “hipster grittiness”. None of the current crop of young leads seem quite to fit either, so I’m thinking perhaps they should have tried to find a new face.

    Actually, an alternative just came to mind: Mike Colter (Luke Cage).

  8. poo says:

    That confirmed and killed any hope we had of Disney+ continuing the Netflix shows too.

  9. DayWalker says:

    I know folks will lose their minds but just like how no one believe that the Nicholas Joker could be out done, I’m telling you now, Ali will be better than Snipes.

  10. Dwaine Terry says:

    Are there no fresh ideas in tinsel town. Classics are called that for a reason! For the money and the clueless millenials!