Wesley Snipes weighs in on the Blade Marvel Cinematic Universe movie reboot rating debate, saying it doesn’t need to be rated R.
Although his films have not been conservative with their content, Wesley Snipes does not think the Blade The Marvel Cinematic Universe movie reboot must be rated R. Snipes previously played Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan’s Marvel superhero in the Blade trilogy, with the eponymous dhampir facing a variety of vampire threats, including a resurrected Dracula played by Dominic Purcell in Blade Trinity. Although all three films received mixed reviews from critics, the Blade trilogy were all box office hits and garnered a following in the years since their release.
Following the mixed response to Blade Trinitya variety of ideas were considered to keep the franchise alive, including a Underworld crossover, though they were all dropped when the rights to the character reverted to Marvel Studios. The studio later announced plans for a Blade reboot of the film set in the MCU with Mahershala Ali reprising the role of the franchise’s iconic dhampir. As development on the film continues, the star who once brought Blade to life shares his thoughts on a key aspect of the character.
In a recent interview with ComicBook.comWesley Snipes has shared his thoughts on the upcoming Blade MCU movie reboot. Asked about the debate over the film’s rating, Snipes felt that it needn’t be rated R as long as it stays true to the character and his world. See what Snipes had to say below:
“I think those kinds of stories lend themselves to a wide range of dialogues and situations. Adult and young adult. I don’t know, it seems like the R rating and the PG-13 base are slipping now because it seems that now 13-year-olds can talk better than adults. As long as it’s true and organic to the subject matter and the plot and the world that’s being created. If there’s any consistency, I think that it’s good [to be PG-13].”
This may be an interesting thought for Blade fans to hear Snipes think the MCU movie reboot can be rated PG-13 considering its trilogy earned a tough R rating with its blood-soaked action. Since the announcement of the MCU movie, audiences have been debating whether they should finally take the R-rated approach, with some believing that the vampire-hunting action can still be reasonably executed with a PG-13 rating while others think Marvel shouldn’t be afraid to dive into more mature territory. Many are likely to agree with Snipes’ sentiments on the ratings debate, believing that the most important factor is authentically portraying his central character.
The Blade movie reboot isn’t the only project at the center of the ratings debate in the MCU with Ryan Reynolds Dead Pool 3 also discussed by fans whether he should retain his R-rated sensibilities from his first two films. While former Disney CEO Bob Iger, Reynolds, and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have promised the trio won’t be taking a lighter approach to the character in their new Disney home, those behind the new Blade The film has been largely silent on what kind of tone it will seek in the MCU. In the meantime, audiences can rewatch Snipes’ original Blade streaming trilogy on HBO Max now.
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