Marvel Studio Boss Loves 'Blade' And Says That He Will Return
In the nineties, Hollywood really had no time for comic book films. They were childish, unrealistic and no one really cared for the content as it was. That is until 1998 came along, and brought with it Marvel’s Blade, starring Wesley Snipes as the half-man, half-vampire with a grudge against all vampires, looking to wipe them off the face of the Earth.
The film essentially revived the superhero genre and opened the doors for the likes of X-Men and also proved that a character didn’t have to be immensely well known for a live-action film about them to succeed, paving the way for Iron Man ten years later.
With that in mind, people would love to see his character return and it looks like that could be on the cards (eventually) as Marvel Studios boss (and visionary genius) Kevin Feige has weighed in, speaking to JoBlo.
“My tenure at Marvel started 17 years ago, and there were two things that sort of launched the modern era. One was X-Men, which was the first thing that people said, ‘Oh, there’s life here.’ But a few years before that, there was Blade.
A character nobody had heard of at all, had only appeared in a few issues of Tomb of Dracula or something, turned into a big franchise. That was always a great lesson for me, where you go, ‘It doesn’t matter how well known the character is, it matters how cool the movie is.’ Which, many years later, would be the reason we do Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange.”
But what are the plans for the vampire slayer? Feige says that he’d definitely like to do something with him, he just doesn’t know what yet…
“We think it would be cool. Someday… I think Blade is a legacy character now, and I think it would be fun to do something with him one day.”
People really thought something was going to happen back when the people at Underworld tried to get Marvel to agree to do an Underworld-Blade crossover and Marvel declined…
“They did ask a long time ago and I think our answer was, ‘No, we’ll do something with ‘Blade’ at some point.’“
So no solid plans as of yet but it looks like we could be expecting something soon-ish. As the MCU right now is still fairly colourful and cheery (even if Civil War had its dark moments), Blade might fit better as dark Netflix series – there he can be as R-rated as he likes.
With that, it’s also worth remembering that, in the comics, Blade was English and grew up on the street of London – we could be getting our first British superhero in ages!
But who would play him? Ashley Walters? John Boyega? David Ajala? Personally I like Gary Carr. He was great in Death in Paradise.
Would you prefer to see him in the MCU or Netflix?
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