Wesley Snipes Hints At New Work With Marvel


Wesley Snipes was in Marvel movies before being in them was cool — and before there was even a Marvel Studios, for that matter. As the half-vampire vampire hunter Blade, Snipes starred in a trilogy of films that enjoyed a solid start, ratcheted things up in the middle and then fizzled out in outing number three. You know, like plenty of other trilogies.

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(Ahem, Dark Knight, cough, cough.)

Snipes is back in the limelight after spending nearly 2 1/2 years in prison for tax fraud, and he’s got a new network TV series, The Player, starting in September. But that doesn’t mean he’s given up on being involved with Marvel in some way.

TMZ recently caught up with the 53-year-old actor  and asked him a few questions about upcoming projects. One of them he described as “a super hero joint,” and when pressed for details, all he would say is that it would “blow your mind.”

That’s kind of unlikely in a day and age when there doesn’t seem to be a super hero property you’d bet against making its way to TV or movies. Still, it’s not completely out of the question that Snipes is talking to Marvel about doing something. MCU Exchange has a few good guesses, two of which would see him play villains on Marvel’s Netflix series.

We like the third one even better. Snipes is the right age to play T’Chaka, father of T’Challa, the man most widely known as Black Panther. T’Challa will be played by Chadwick Boseman in Captain America: Civil War and his own solo film, one rumored to have a part for his father as well. Since we suspect Snipes can still kick plenty of butt, he’d be perfect as an aging Black Panther who sees action one last time (possibly in flashback) before passing on his heroic heritage and leadership of Wakanda to his son.

Or, yes, Snipes could merely be referring to early talks that won’t lead anywhere. It would be cool to see involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some capacity since he was a trailblazer in many ways, and younger fans probably don’t even know the Blade films well enough to associate him with that prior role. Just don’t be shocked if you read an announcement from Marvel with his name in it over the next year or so, because after all, he did tell us ahead of time.

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