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Back before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even a twinkle in Kevin Feige’s eye, Wesley Snipes was hunting vampires as Blade, the comic company’s first real successful big-screen hero. Now, the 52-year-old Snipes says that he’s looking to re-join Marvel, which has become in recent years an absolute cultural and financial juggernaut.
“Our conversations with Marvel have pretty good, they’ve been productive,” Snipes told Yahoo while discussing his new TV show, The Player, at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday. “We talked about Blade, we talked about a couple of other things. They have their model and their agenda, and we have ours, so we’ll see if everything lines up.”
Blade topped the box office when it hit theaters in August of 1998, and went on to earn $131 million worldwide. Two sequels were made, with the series ending on a relatively sour note with the poorly received Blade: Trilogy in 2004; Snipes, a producer on the film, sued the film’s director, David S. Goyer, and its distributor, New Line, over his role in the movie.
Marvel, however, reacquired the rights to the franchise several years ago, and there’s been speculation that the character could show up either in the Netflix shows, headlined by Daredevil, or play a role in the future of the company’s sprawling film franchises.
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