Wesley Snipes Looking To IRON MAN Robert Downey Jr. As Roadmap For Career Revival

Wesley Snipes Looking To IRON MAN Robert Downey Jr. As Roadmap For Career Revival

A lot of folks will argue that 1998's Blade was the beginning of the current superhero film movement that's currently dominated by Marvel Studios. That makes it somewhat ironic that the actor who arguably started it all has now switched roles with his former, uninsurable co-star.

At one point of time in Hollywood, an equal argument could have been made that either Denzel Washington or Wesley Snipes was the predominant, African-American male actor in Tinseltown. Fast forward approximately 25 years later to present-day and it's jarring to think about the vastly different trajectories that Washington and Snipe's career's have taken. One has gone on to accumulate Golden Globe and Academy Award statues while the other became somewhat of an afterthought, wallowing in a string of direct-to-DVD action films. Nevertheless, after a three-year stint in prison for tax evasion, Snipes could be poised for a resurgence, thanks to Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables 3. And who is Snipes looking to as an example for how to rebuild a career? Why none other than his US Marshals and One Night Stand co-star Robert Downey Jr.  Said Snipes on the current superhero craze, "You know, if I would have understood the potential of… doing, or adapting comic book characters to feature films, and also the tie-in to gaming and digital technology, when I was doing the first Blade films, then I’d be in a different business right now. I’d be in a whole different ball game." Snipes continued, "Well, I still would have done, the, er, you know… er, the dramatic work, and probably had a kind of cushion to do experimental work, because the economics in that kind of business are huge. There were empires and institutions that were built off the Blade franchise. I mean, look at Marvel now, to this day. It’s a megalith!" This is the model that many of the superhero actors we know and love such as Downey, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman and others currently utilize. Coined as the "One for them, one for me" approach, these actors use their superhero turns to create bank-ability and studio confidence which translates to leverage that's used to finance and produce smaller, and dramatically heavier indie projects.

When Snipes was working with Downey on 'Marshals' and 'Stand', it was at a time when Downey was in a downward spiral, fueled by drugs and alcohol and marked by brief rehab and jail stints. "He was walking through the fire. He was walkin’ on coals,” recounts Snipes But Wesely says that even at that time, Downey's talent was still undeniable. Looking at where Downey was back then and where he is now, Snipes is hopeful for a similar resurgence with his own career. Said the Blade actor on Downey's rise to the top of Tinseltown, "It’s an inspiration not just to me but to others, that you can go through hell and high water, and you can have ups and downs, but there’s always a brighter day. This too shall pass. And if you keep your skills together, you open and you create opportunities for yourself."

Perhaps Snipes can put in a call to his old friend Downey and together, spur Marvel let Snipes put on the black leather and dark shades for one more turn as the half-vampire, half-human superhero? Time will only tell but Eric Brooks fans around the world will surely be keeping their fingers crossed for Blade 4.

Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey Jr. in One Night Stand (1998).

Is there room for Blade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
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LexHairFight - 8/10/2014, 9:54 AM
Great comments. The thing is, Downey hit rock bottom, from there everything is up. Reinventing your career might require reinventing yourself. I'm curious to see how/if Snipes pulls it off.
UltimateCookie - 8/10/2014, 9:54 AM
Damnit Wesley go back to The Expendables with all your other forgotten celebrity friends.
RaMan - 8/10/2014, 9:56 AM
YEAH!! Snipes for Blade in the MCU!!!

Laconic - 8/10/2014, 9:56 AM
"Some mother [frick]ers are always trying to ice skate uphill".
KingMarvel - 8/10/2014, 9:56 AM
yes there is room!!!
LordOfTheZegaRealm - 8/10/2014, 9:59 AM
I wonder if will ever get blade in the MCU? It would be cool to have him.
JoJo1982 - 8/10/2014, 10:01 AM
Plz bring back Snipes to the comic book world.
After seeing what their doing with Batman in Dawn of Justice. Do the same for Snipes in Blade, a seasoned Blade character that's still kicking ass in the MCU!!!
RaMan - 8/10/2014, 10:02 AM
Of course we could have Sticky Fingaz in the MCU since he is younger than Snipes

fettastic - 8/10/2014, 10:02 AM
I'd be totally cool with another Snipes Blade film. Keep Goyer the [frick] away from him though or else Wes gonna hafta choke a bitch.
JredTheRed - 8/10/2014, 10:03 AM
"fueled my drugs and alcohol"

Mark apparently needs some rehab as well
SpideyQuad - 8/10/2014, 10:04 AM
Try laying off the "gonja" @sswipe! Oh yeah, quit being a Diva while you're at it.

On 2nd thought forget it "Willy Mays Haze" you can't act anyways
TheRationalOne - 8/10/2014, 10:05 AM
Snipes is great, and the first Blade is still one of the best CBM's to date. I'd be all for it.
JAC - 8/10/2014, 10:06 AM
Well hopefully we won't become a greedy [frick] and demand more money to the people responsible for him having a job...

tonytony - 8/10/2014, 10:07 AM
did yall know blade was made by newline which was part of time warner ( the group wb is part of). A lot of marvel fanboys hate the thought of the mcu being kicked of by the other side but that is the case. I dont think blade would work in this disneyfied world
Govenator - 8/10/2014, 10:09 AM
He could have a netflix series!
Danbojohnj - 8/10/2014, 10:12 AM
Blade 1 is still my favorite Marvel film,(Not seen GOTG).
continuezero - 8/10/2014, 10:14 AM
They could easily bring him back as an Older Blade in the current MCU. They could even keep the canon. Nothing in the Blade Trilogy would prevent that. In fact I wonder if he could exist along the others in the Netflix world. Imagine seperate Daredevil, Blade and Punisher series on Netflix along with Heroes for Hire and they could all cross over to each other. It could be the gritty on the ground MCU world. Let the Avengers fight the Thanos's of the Universe and have these guys taking care of the day to day business on the streets.
TheSinisterKid - 8/10/2014, 10:15 AM
I don't think anyone considers Blade the start of the comic book movie era....
continuezero - 8/10/2014, 10:16 AM
@Danbojohnj GOTG is great, go see it. Not sure how I compare it to Blade but it was great seeing a Marvel movie and not knowing everything. I was discovering the characters as the audience was and that has never happened in a Marvel movie for me. I never read GOTG so if you have maybe that benefit doesn't apply.
MexicanSexyman - 8/10/2014, 10:16 AM
Wesley Snipps for Blade. Blade needs redemption after Blade 3.
JAC - 8/10/2014, 10:17 AM
@TheSinisterKid Then what do you think was?
MexicanSexyman - 8/10/2014, 10:19 AM
I like Blade 3, but it had a lot of shit parts in it.
SymbioteJoker - 8/10/2014, 10:19 AM
*shrug* hey he could be a supporting character in "Black Panther" or something.
Sykamore - 8/10/2014, 10:20 AM
Im all for Blade 4 , Watched the trilogy a few days ago . Fighting was still better then Dark Knight Trilogy ....Go for is SNipes
WruceBayne - 8/10/2014, 10:22 AM
Adding Vampire's to the MCU is a risky gamble that I don't think would pay off. Because you would have to explain while we haven't seen them until now. That whole "we stayed in the shadows" things won't work either.
BaneSmash - 8/10/2014, 10:23 AM
Blade 3 was bad but still can watch it. Can't say the same for IM3.
Enki - 8/10/2014, 10:24 AM
Blade in the MCU?

Absolutely. Blade was indeed the movie that started the modern CBM movement as we know it. This character needs to return to the big screen under the Mavel Studios banner.

Snipes playing Blade again?

It will depend heavily on Snipes' attitude. According to the infamous Patton Oswald interview, Snipes was being a complete pain in the ass diva on the set. This made the whole process very uncomfortable for the entire cast and crew, which is clearly noticeable in the final product.
jvbaessa - 8/10/2014, 10:25 AM
He's a @sshole. Don't like him at all.
MyloSteamwitz - 8/10/2014, 10:25 AM
Snipes deserves a second chance. Bring back Blade.
SimyJo - 8/10/2014, 10:27 AM
Well Wesley Snipes kind of blew it for anything Blade related in the future when allegedly he got it so twisted while filming and was so high he was actually believing he WAS Blade and (for some bizarre reason) only communicating via post-it notes (which he signed 'Blade')- when he had a serious falling-out with the Blade Trinity director.

I kind of think he's a bit past it now anyway, he'd probably hurt himself if he threw himself about like he used to at his age.
Klone - 8/10/2014, 10:27 AM
Lol at the story where he tried to murder Goyer. Hilarious story.
Bekss - 8/10/2014, 10:28 AM
If they make an old Blade it could be a lot better. That way they could say the vampires are almost extint, because if there is a lot of vampires in the MCU it could get very stupid
Enki - 8/10/2014, 10:31 AM
Oh, and Guillermo Del Toro has to be at the helm. Blade 2 was absolutely epic.
darkjediknight - 8/10/2014, 10:32 AM
Bring it on
Danbojohnj - 8/10/2014, 10:33 AM
I wanna see it @Continuezero,just live too far from a decent cinema.
Blueray day one for me.
blkchi - 8/10/2014, 10:33 AM
Yeah I say get him in the black panther trilogy
Bokis - 8/10/2014, 10:34 AM
So he just needs to land a Marvel role then... Oh, wait...
blkchi - 8/10/2014, 10:38 AM
Or let's have a sons of darkness movie cage Jane snipes make use if the property feegie
sameoldthing - 8/10/2014, 10:43 AM
The fact is the original Blade really is the first great CBM based on a Marvel character.
It does not matter if he was considered a C-list character,the movie version is cooler than the comic version.
Movie Blade is easily the best hand to hand combatant in any MCU film...he would move through Cap like he was nothing.
Obviously Hulk & Thor are on another power level but Blade kicks every Avengers ass easy,Stark cant stay in armor full time.

Blade 1 also did stuff before The Matrix but that film gets credit for..like "bullet time". Deacon Frost dodged bullets by Blade in slow motion & it showed the bullet time look. Also,Blade's huge leaps from building to building came before. I like The Matrix but Blade did it first & would have destroyed Mr.Anderson/The One in combat too. Bring Back Blade Suckheads!!
JoJo1982 - 8/10/2014, 10:43 AM
Yes that's what I had in mind
A old, know all the tricks in the book Blade would work in the MCU. Wesley Snipes looks pretty good for a 50 year old guy and expendables still show that he got some moves left in him..... I'm cmon were already getting a 70 yr old Antman and Robert is pushing 50 now
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