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Deadline is reporting from sources within that Marvel has selected Bassam Tariq to direct the new Blade movie with Mahershala Ali set to play the iconic vampire hunter. Marvel had no comment at this time and sources have confided that the deal is not yet done. Stacy Osei-Kuffour is on board to pen the script with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige producing. Blade was created as a supporting character by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, and appeared in Tomb of Dracula No. 10 in 1973. He is a human-vampire hybrid thanks to his mother being bitten and killed by a blood-sucker during childbirth. The character became a star in the ’90s when New Line adapted the comic with Wesley Snipes on board to star, with two sequels following the hit movie. Bassam Tariq is credited for directing the Riz Ahmed film Mogul Mowgli.
Undetectable in all black, the One:12 Collective Blade is outfitted in a tactical armor vest with a sleeveless t-shirt underneath and a removable duty belt that holds both of his boomerang blades. He comes with two head portraits, capturing his vengeful nature. Creatures of the night do not stand a chance. The Daywalker comes well-equipped for a manhunt with accessories including a customized submachine gun with removable magazines, a pump action shotgun with shoulder strap, a handgun with removable magazines, his signature sword with removable sheath, boomerang blades, striking stakes, and of course, sunglasses. Infused with all of a vampire’s powers but few of their weaknesses and determined to avenge his mother’s death, Eric Brooks arms himself with weapons that are fatal to the undead and fashioned himself into the vampire hunter known as Blade. THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE BLADE FIGURE FEATURES: One:12 Collective body with over 30 points of articulation Two (2) head portraits Hand painted authentic detailing Approximately 16 cm tall Twelve (12) interchangeable hands One (1) pair of fists (L&R) One (1) pair of sword-holding hands (L&R) One (1) pair of stake holding hand (L&R) One (1) pair of gun holding hand (L&R) One (1) pair of posing hands (L&R) One (1) pair of martial arts posing hands (L&R) COSTUME: Sleeveless t-shirt Tactical armor vest Motorcycle pants Duty belt (removable) with boomerang blade harness Left thigh harness for stakes Right thigh harness for handgun Tactical boots ACCESSORIES: One (1) customized submachine gun with two (2) removable magazines One (1) customized shotgun with pump action movement & shoulder strap One (1) customized handgun with two (2) removable magazines (fits into thigh holster) One (1) sword with removable sheath Two (2) boomerang blades Six (6) stakes (fit into thigh holster) Four (4) pairs of removable sunglasses One (1) gun blast FX One (1) gun firing FX One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post Each One:12 Collective Blade figure is packaged in a collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind. You can pre-order this now on the Mezco website.
Last week fans were treated to the first trailer for Sony's upcoming Morbius: The Living Vampire solo movie which is due out this coming July. Sony isn't the only one looking to go in a bit darker direction with their Marvel movies. Marvel Studios themselves have announced a new Blade movie featuring the #1 Vampire Hunter himself as well as a new Moon Knight series for Disney+ So could these new darker films that often dabble in the world of horror and monsters usher in a new era of 6" Marvel Legends figures based on those characters? Hasbro already in recent years has given us comic book versions of Moribus, Blade and others such as Brother Voodo, Man-Thing and various Ghost Rider figures. We are even getting a Cosmic Ghost Rider which is starting to hit shelves now. But will we see more characters like those get the action figure treatment? While you might not immediately associate characters such as Dracula, The Wolfman, Frakienstein and the Living Mummy with the likes of Marvel Comics, they are actually characters that have appeared in the Marvel Universe and even at one point or another have had their own comic book titles. Now I don't know exactly what kind of licensing issues come into play when you are talking about these characters, and perhaps making Marvel Legends action figures of them isn't possible? Marvel certainly didn't create these classic characters, but it's not unprecedented to see them in Marvel Legends form. Toy Biz back in 2006 released a 6" Marvel Legends boxset featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, Werewolf By Night and a Zombie. This of course was back around the time when the original Wesley Snipes Blade movies were super popular and had helped push the horror genre back in the spotlight. So now with the new upcoming movies coming from both Sony and Marvel Studios, could we see something similar from Hasbro and would you as a collector be interested in seeing it? What characters would you like to see Hasbro do for this genre, let us know in the COMMENTS SECTION!
Kevin Feige made a bombshell announcement at Comic-Con with a listing of new Marvel movies, which included the forthcoming Blade reboot with Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali. Many asked on social media why the change of using Ali instead of the Wesley Snipes, who played the day-walking vampire hunter in the original Blade trilogy? Well, Snipes has heard the Blade fans and has come forward with a statement that was given to ComicBook.com. “To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, chillaaxx. Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s ALL GOOD. Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’” He continued, “Much peace to the MCU crew – always a fan. Honor and respect to the grandmaster Stan. Congratulations and Salaam to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah, we will someday work together. Most importantly to my loyal fans, the incredible outpouring of love is overwhelming. I am grateful for the never-ending support. So, ‘nah fret nah worry, it’s not de end of de story.’ Welcome to the Daywalker Klique.” That said, Snipes has no complaints about the change and feels as he is passing the torch to the new Blade. In response, Ali paid homage to Snipes by posting a picture of him in full daywalker vampire hunting garb via a Twitter post. Source: Deadline