Snipes, who portrayed the daywalker in the original Blade trilogy, released a statement to Comicbook.com on Tuesday, encouraging his fans to get excited about the upcoming project, and sharing his congrats with Ali.
"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!'" Snipes shared. "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," he added. "Inshallah, we will someday work together."
He also thanked his outspoken fans, some of whom had mixed feelings about the idea of Marvel rebooting the series in the first place.
"Most importantly to my loyal fans, the incredible outpouring of love is overwhelming. I am grateful for the never-ending support," he added. "So, 'nah fret nah worry, it's not de end of de story.' Welcome to the Daywalker Klique."
The announcement regarding the upcoming Blade reboot came during Marvel's hotly anticipated Hall H presentation over the weekend, with the film expected to be part of Marvel's Phase 5. No release date has yet been set.