Marvel is proving that they still can shake Hall H audience members to their cores with big announcements that make it worth it to stand in the West Coast heat all day (and sometimes all night) to get into the hallowed hall. Chief among those epic reveals for horror fans is the announcement that Mahershala Ali will play Blade in a new movie.

Titled Blade, the new movie was announced by Kevin Feige himself on the Hall H stage tonight in San Diego, and, according to Marvel.com, he was joined on stage by Mahershala Ali, who was revealed as the latest actor to play Blade, the half-vampire/half-human comic book character created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan for Marvel comics.

This will mark the first time that Blade has appeared in a live-action movie since Wesley Snipes played the character in 2004's Blade: Trinity, the third of three films in which Snipes played the title role (he also cameoed as Blade in the What We Do in the Shadows TV series). Portraying Blade with a blend of martial arts mastery, a haunted personality, and a cold-blooded slick style, Snipes made Blade an unforgettable character for a generation of moviegoers, and it will be interesting to see what Ali brings to the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and it will be also intriguing to see what rating the new movie receives).

We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on more Blade news as it is announced, and in the meantime, you can view the official title logo revealed by Marvel, and visit our online hub to catch up on all of our Comic-Con coverage!

Derek Anderson
About the Author - Derek Anderson

Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.