Wesley Snipes Says the MCU’s Blade Doesn’t Need to Be R-Rated

Marvel fans have always been very vocal about the need for some characters to be R-rated in their big screen appearances. While Deadpool’s arrival in the MCU has been confirmed to remain as child unfriendly as ever, the arrival of Blade has disappointed many by seeming to be aiming for the regular PG-13 rating. While the previous Blade movies all had a more mature rating, when Mahershala Ali makes his full debut as the daywalker there will be considerably less dark and gory than Wesley Snipes’ version, but Snipes doesn’t believe that having an R-rating is really that important to the character’s success.


Wesley Snipes played Blade in three movies in the late 90s and early 2000s, and with all of those movies bringing with them a mature rating for violence and language. For that reason alone, many fans have already made up their mind that without that magical R-rating attached to it, the new Blade is not going to be up to scratch. While speaking to ComicBook.com, Snipes debunked that belief. He said:

“I think those kind of stories lend themselves to a wide range of dialogue and situations. Both adult and young adult. I don’t know, it seems like the R-rating and PG-13 base is sliding now because it seems that now the 13-year-olds can speak better words than the adults can. As long as it’s true and organic to the subject matter, the plot, and the world that’s created. If there’s consistency, I think it’s fine [to be PG-13].”

Blade’s Debut Could Soon Be Revealed – One Way Or Another.

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In a technical sense, Mahershala Ali’s debut as Blade has already happened in the post credit-scene of last year’s Eternals. While there had been a plan for the character to be seen in those final moments, when Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman was warned about the Ebony Blade, but as the final design of Blade’s appearance had not been decided only his voice was heard. Since then, it has been rumored that the character will turn up in the Werewolf By Night Special, but like so much else about the MCU right now, there has been no confirmation of this either way.

However, Kevin Feige has recently gone on record to say that in the next few months all will be revealed about the MCU’s future, and that is most likely going to include some more details on Blade. With D23 Expo coming early September, and a Marvel panel having already been confirmed for the event, it seems pretty certain that this is where the biggest news about Marvel Studios’ future plans will be announced in greater details. Recently Fiege said:

“I think there have been many clues already, that are at least apparent to me, of where this whole saga is going. But we’ll be a little more direct about that in the coming months, to set a plan, so audiences who want to see the bigger picture can see a tiny, tiny, tiny bit more of the roadmap.”

Of course, there are already plenty of theories that the multiverse story arc is going to culminate in a Secret Wars event, but how it arrives there, and where characters like Blade fit into the story is something that we are now hopefully not too long from finding out.