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Fans have been beyond excited at the news that cult flick Blade is set to be rebooted in an upcoming movie from Marvel Studios, with Mahershala Ali taking on Wesley Snipes' infamous role.
But the hope it would be just as gory and epic as its predecessor have been dashed by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige.
As he kicked off his first-ever Television Critics Association panel, Feige said: "Other than Deadpool, which has already established itself as a certain genre and a certain rating, that we already said we would not mess with when we started working on Deadpool - which we have - other than that, we haven't encountered a story or a storyline or a character's journey that a PG-13, or the tone, or the ratings we've been using up to this point has prevented us.
"We've told all the stories that we wanted to with the tonality and the rating we have now."
Basically, following Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, which brought Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Feige inferred that the R-rated film would be the only exception to the PG-13 rating.
This means that Blade will likely be slapped with the more conservative rating.
"We have never been held back by it," Feige said of sticking to PG-13 ratings.
"If we ever are, then certainly there could be a discussion to be had .... but that just hasn't been the case yet."
Fans, however, beg to differ.
Taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations over the long-awaited Blade reboot, many believed it would ruin the legacy of the 1998 horror superhero movie.
So the only R rated MCU movie will be Deadpool 3 and they can't have an R rated Blade movie? pic.twitter.com/07lUNIo69G
- Niklander:2021 is here so relax (@niklander2) February 24, 2021
The movie is still a long way to go but in my mind Blade does not work in PG-13. He legit carries a sword and kills vampires pic.twitter.com/4hbpUuSABM
- ⨂ Alan The Gunter Shill ⨂ (@AJCI282002) February 24, 2021
One user commented: "Defy Marvel Studios to try and make Blade without the R-rating. For a film about vampires and various other monstrosities coming from the Darkhold (most likely), I want to see some scares and blood being spilt."
Others, however, were hopeful, with one saying: "You guys need to chill, plans like this change. If Deadpool 3 is a success then the people above Feige will allow marvel to produce more rated R movies. Plus Blade is like years away, they've only cast the lead so far. And these interviews aren't always definitive."
Blade doesn't have a release date or director as of yet, but it has been revealed that HBO Watchmen's Stacy Osei-Kuffour would be joining the project as a writer.
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