Logged by supporting stars Patton Oswalt and Ryan Reynolds as a wild time off camera, issues surrounding “Blade: Trinity” mostly involved the film’s leading man going method and referring to himself as Blade even when the cameras stopped rolling. Speaking to IGN in 2004, Reynolds recalled, “I never met Wesley, I only met Blade, and he is a method actor. Say what you want about that style of acting, I have the utmost respect for whatever it takes to get through this process.” There was also tension between Blade actor Wesley Snipes and director David S. Goyer, which led to scenes where the actor refused to comply with directions like opening his eyes, so the special effects team had to digitally place a fake set over them instead.
With this experience in mind, it’d be a massive achievement if Reynolds managed to negotiate his former co-star into making an appearance in “Deadpool 3,” thus releasing 20-year-old tension. This would also lead to the same kind of treatment Reynolds gave “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and make light of a not-so-great bit of comic book movie history. Alternatively, if it’s Mahershala Ali dropping in, it’d be just a small bit of reassurance that his “Blade” is still happening. We’ll have to see which Blade gets drawn into “Deadpool 3” when it finally arrives in theaters on July 26, 2024.