Blade 4 rumours of Wesley Snipes return are unlikely

Wesley Snipes wants to make Blade 4, but it all depends on whether Marvel Studios want him

Wesley Snipes looking cool and about to kick ass in 1998's Blade
Wesley Snipes looking cool and about to kick ass in 1998’s Blade

Since hopping back into the spotlight in the wake of The Expendables 3 press campaign, Blade star Wesley Snipes has made clear his enthusiasm for a return to the role of Marvel Comics half-dead vampire hunter..

“I’d be open to it,” Snipes told MTV. “You know I think we got some stones left unturned and there’s some latitude for us to build on. I’d love to get back in the suit and do some things that I’ve learned how to do now that I didn’t know how to do then.

“I think we’re better at making that kind of a film now. You know, some of the things that we did in the early parts of the franchise were experimental and now they’ve become customary in a lot of The Avengers films and other comic-book adaptations.”

According to the New York Daily News, this is more than just sheer optimism and a fourth Blade film is “looking good.” Referring to unnamed sources close to Snipes, the site reports that “he’ll make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits.”

Blade taking on the big poppa in 1973's Tomb Of Dracula #10
Blade taking on the big poppa in 1973’s Tomb Of Dracula #10

The problem is that the Blade rights reverted from New Line Cinema (which is owned by Warner Bros) to Marvel sometime before May 2013.

Marvel could easily make a Blade movie, and probably even cast Wesley Snipes in it, but certain aspects of his depiction could easily be a legal nightmare and have to be ironed out by some sort of deal between Disney and Warner Bros.

Perhaps a bigger issue is simply Wesley Snipes himself. In an era where the studio is increasingly relying on unknown actors for its core roles, why would they want a 50-something action movie star with a questionable record leading one of their movies when they could just do a soft-reboot, Mark Ruffalo/Bruce Banner style?

With Marvel Studios having Ghost Rider too, some fans are taken with the idea of a Midnight Sons movie which could beat Warner Bros’ proposed Justice League Dark to the occult-superhero-punch.

Blade is available now on DVD for £3.20 and Blu-ray for £6.42 from Amazon.co.uk. Find out more about the comic inspiration with Uncanny Comics