Every actor has their pet project they would one day love to take on. For Marvel star Anthony Mackie, that would be playing the part of Blade that Wesley Snipes portrayed on the big screen from 1998 to 2004.
Fielding questions at Wizard World Cleveland this week, the 38-year old was asked who he wanted to be when he grew up. Rather than giving a benign response, he dropped in something of a surprise.
"I pretty much want to grow up to be Wesley Snipes," he remarked. "If we can bring back Blade, I'd definitely be Blade in every Blade movie."
Mackie Makes Mince Meat of Crossover Concept
With the Netflix series Iron Fist hitting subscribers feeds this week, the Marvel catalogue continues to grow. To tease fans even further, small Easter eggs drop throughout the 13-episode pilot season to reference a number of events that take place in The Avengers and the larger MCU.
But as far as Mackie is concerned, the big and small screen divide will never be breached. Playing Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, he is adamant such a project will never see the light of day.
“Different universes, different worlds, different companies, different designs," he argued. "(Marvel Studios president) Kevin Feige is very specific about how he wants the Marvel Universe to be seen in the film world. It wouldn’t work. It wouldn’t work at all.”
Don't Expect A Blade-Underworld Crossover, Maybe A Few Cameo Slots Though
When Kate Beckinsale revealed to New York Comic-Con that a potential Underworld-Blade crossover was discussed by the studio, fans of the vampire killers were foaming at the mouth over the prospect. But Feige quickly moved to dampen those expectations, making the point that they are looking to drip-feed the character into other projects that could include cameos on Netflix or ABC.
"That's both true. They did ask a long time ago (about an Underworld crossover) and I think our answer was, 'No, we'll do something with Blade at some point.' That's still the answer," stated the producer. "We still think he's a great character. He's a really fun character. We think this movie going into a different side of the universe would have the potential to have him pop up, but between the movies, the Netflix shows, the ABC shows there are so many opportunities for the character to pop up as you're now seeing with Ghost Rider on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that rather than team up with another studio on that character let's do something on our own. What that is? Where that will be? We'll see. There is nothing imminent to my knowledge."