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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 25: Mahershala Ali attends WE Day California at The Forum on April 25, 2019 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for WE Day)

Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali will return to the Marvel Universe, this time as a good guy. Sort of. 

Mahershala Ali made his Marvel debut as the villain Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in the Netflix series Luke Cage in 2016.  Today, at Marvel’s Comic-Con panel, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that Ali would play Blade the Vampire Hunter in a reboot of the Blade franchise that will take place in the Marvel Universe.

The original Blade trilogy starred Wesley Snipes in the title role; Blade  was released in 1998, Blade II in 2002 and Blade: Trinity in 2004. The films were one of Marvel’s first ventures into film and weren’t part of a connected universe.

No further announcements about the film were made.

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