Horror fans will remember how, a year or two back, Wesley Snipes went on a one-man campaign to reinvigorate interest in a new Blade film; the actor, who starred as the titular anti-hero in the first three films, was anxious to see the trilogy developed into a quadrilogy, one that would give his character a conclusive story arch while simultaneously setting up the possibility for additional films. While his passionate pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears, Marvel president Kevin Feige recently made a statement that has fans’ hopes reinvigorated.
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Speaking exclusively to JoBlo, Feige talked about Blade’s place in the MCU and the possibility of cameos vs a new standalone film.
Feige: We think it would be cool. Someday. 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. I think Blade is a legacy character now, and I think it would be fun to do something with him one day.
The Blade films are based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name, portrayed by Wesley Snipes. They were written by David S. Goyer, based on the comics by Marv Wolfman, and Gene Colan. The three films were directed by Stephen Norrington, Guillermo del Toro, and Goyer respectively, and distributed by New Line Cinema. The character was created in 1973 for Marvel Comics by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan and was a supporting character in the 1970s comic Tomb of Dracula. In the comic, Blade’s mother was bitten by a vampire while she was in labor with Blade. (Source)
Whether this means there will be a spot for Snipes, or if the studio will be looking to cast a new Blade remains to be seen. Of course, when talking about a film or cameo that will happen “someday”, anything is possible—including nothing. Obviously, we’ll keep our ears to the ground to bring you Blade updates as details emerge. Stay tuned!