Wesley Snipes took up the mantle of the half human half vampire hybrid during the nineties and early 2000’s to give us one of our first experiences from Marvel in the modern movie age. Sure, there were a few movies before then but none of them were directed as well or had the same technological advances in the movie industry as the Blade franchise had. When the property was reacquired in 2012, not many were excited for a new reboot. The franchise still left a sour taste after the last movie flunked at the box office and with everyone worried about how the Avengers would coerce, Blade faded into irrelevancy.
In 2015, plans of rebooting the franchise were brought up in the spotlight again with the vampire hunter’s daughter taking up the legendary mantle, this time on a Netflix show. It was shut down shortly after that due to Marvel still developing plans for future shows. The show has been on and off again and until recently, rumors were rekindled (thanks to actress Kate Beckinsale) after the Underworld franchise tried having a crossover movie, which was then rejected by Marvel. This brought hope to many fans who wanted to see a fresh, #ItsAllConnected, take on the franchise despite its different approach. Recently at a private screening of exclusive footage from the upcoming Doctor Strange, head honcho Kevin Feige debunked any rumors- for now:
“They did ask a long time ago and I think our answer was, ‘No, we’ll do something with ‘Blade’ at some point.’ That’s still the answer. We still think he’s a great character. He’s a really fun character. We think this movie going into a different side of the universe would have the potential to have him pop up, but between the movies, the Netflix shows, the ABC shows there are so many opportunities for the character to pop up as you’re now seeing with Ghost Rider on Agents of Shield that rather than team up with another studio on that character let’s do something on our own. What that is? Where that will be? We’ll see. There is nothing imminent to my knowledge.”
Keep your fingers crossed, Blade fans. While there may not be any vampire hunting in the immediate future, we might not have seen the last of him yet.
Source: Heroic Hollywood