Blade Trinity Director Says R-Rated MCU Reboot Is Ironic After Marvel"s 1990s Rejection

  • Blade director David S. Goyer is excited to see the MCU tackle the character with a potential R-rating, despite facing pushback when his Blade movies tried to go for an R-rating.
  • Goyer believes Mahershala Ali is the perfect choice to take on the mantle of Blade and is curious to see where the reboot goes.
  • Goyer finds it ironic that Marvel now wants to bring Blade into the MCU, considering they initially didn't want Blade to have anything to do with the universe and doubted its success.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to reboot Blade in Phase 5, Blade: Trinity director David S. Goyer is chiming in on the potential R-rated direction for the character. While Mahershala Ali will be bringing Blade to life in the MCU, it won't be the first time the Marvel hero has had his adventure depicted on the big screen. Throughout the 1990s, Wesley Snipes starred in his own Blade trilogy during a time when the comic book movie genre was a far more niche part of Hollywood's blockbusters.
Even though there has been little movement on MCU's Blade movie, there has been speculation as to whether or not the reboot might go for an R-rating given the character's dark mythology. One of the Hollywood talents who was asked about that possibility was Goyer, who wrote the entire Blade trilogy and directed Blade: Trinity and recently spoke on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast. While Goyer is excited to see the MCU tackle the character with the potential of an R-rating, the filmmaker also found it incredibly ironic as he shared the massive pushback when his Blade movies were trying to go for an R-rating, as he shared the following.
Have they said it's R-rated, first of all? I don't know. Mahershala is amazing - I can't think of anyone better to take on the mantle of that. They've clearly had struggle after struggle after struggle with it. So I am really curious to see where it goes, but also, I absolutely believe that it should be someone else's story to tell now. It's ironic because, at the time that we made Blade, Marvel was in bankruptcy, X-Men hadn't come out [yet.] They were trying to develop Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spider-Man - there was no thought that they would ever develop any of the secondary or tertiary characters, and I think the purchase price to make the movie for Blade to Marvel was like $125,000 dollars. Marvel was so concerned and held at arm's length once they heard that it was going to be R-rated that they didn't have the logo on the film either, and then it became this massive success, and they realized they had this treasure trove of characters that they could exploit. But it's ironic that now they want to bring Blade into the MCU because they didn't want Blade to have anything to do with the MCU. They were afraid of Blade and just assumed it would be like a black mark on their reputation, no pun intended.


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