Perhaps one of the biggest surprise announcements to come out of Marvel Studios’ San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2019 Hall H panel was the confirmation that a new “Blade” film was happening, and that 2-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali would be playing him.

Admittedly, we’re ALL Taika Waititi in this moment

The announcement came during the tail end of Marvel Studios’ unveiling of their Phase Four slate, which included a mix of both theatrical releases as well as Disney+ streaming service original series- you can read about all of those here.

Original “Blade” actor Wesley Snipes actually commented to on the casting news, welcoming Ali to the “Daywalker Klique.”

“To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, chillaaxx. Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s ALL GOOD. Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the MCU crew – always a fan. Honor and respect to the grandmaster Stan. Congratulations and Salaam to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah, we will someday work together. Most importantly to my loyal fans, the incredible outpouring of love is overwhelming. I am grateful for the never-ending support. So, ‘nah fret nah worry, it’s not de end of de story.’ Welcome to the Daywalker Klique.”

We’re super excited to see what comes of this new “Blade,” and we’ll let you know what we hear about it in the coming months.

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