If Anthony Mackie Wants To Play Blade, What Does That Mean For Marvel Phase Four?

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Anthony Mackie already has one role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that apparently isn't good enough for him. In addition to playing The Falcon, Mackie also wants to take Wesley Snipes' job. That's right. Anthony Mackie really wants to play Blade.

Mackie was at a Wizard World convention in Cleveland when he was asked which other film franchise, besides The Avengers, Mackie would want to star in, according to a report from ScreenGeek whose headline reads, "Exclusive: Anthony Mackie Wants To Play BLADE." According to this exclusive report, Mackie replied:

I pretty much want to grow up to be Wesley Snipes. If we can bring back Blade, I'd definitely be Blade in every Blade movie.

Since this was an "exclusive" news story, and its been repeated in similar headlines around the web, we must assume that Mackie is dead serious with his aspirations to play the Marvel vampire hunter. Marvel Studios has the rights to Blade and could revive the franchise as part of the MCU, and though Wesley Snipes has said he'd like to play the character again, there's no deal in place.

Bleeding Cool recently published an article detailing everything we know about Marvel Phase Four so far. To sum that up, everything we know so far amounts to:

  1. GOTG3 for sure
  2. something something Skull mumble mumble
  3. Chris Evans may or may not be in it

But with Mackie dropping these clear hints about Blade in a serious, newsworthy statement that has made the rounds on all the popular entertainment websites, how many more things can we deduce about Marvel's plans? If Mackie is looking for another major role in Marvel, does that mean that we won't be seeing Sam Wilson take over for Steve Rogers as Captain America in the Marvel Universe like we did in the comics? Is Sam Wilson set to die in Avengers: Infinity War? How will they explain Blade looking exactly like The Falcon? Are they twin brothers? Is Sam Wilson half vampire?! Marvel Phase Four Avengers/Twilight super-mega-crossover event movie confirmed?!

Then again, it's possible that Anthony Mackie was simply answering a hypothetical question at a dumb fan event, not really thinking about it as he was mainly focusing on how much longer he had to remain in godawful Cleveland.

Nah! It's definitely that other thing.

CORRECTION: This article originally attributed the linked article to website ScreenRant, when it was actually website ScreenGeek.

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