Back in the late 90’s, the Marvel character Blade was busy slaying vampires on the big screen in the Blade trilogy where he was portrayed by Wesley Snipes. Since August 2012 when the film rights to Blade reverted back to Marvel Studios, fans of the character have been curious about the possibility of seeing Blade pop up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe someday.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige recently chatted with Joblo where he was asked about whether or not the MCU will see the addition of Blade anytime soon. While Feige didn’t reveal anything specific plans for the character, the Marvel Studios president stated that he is absolutely open to bringing Blade into the MCU someday. Feige also acknowledged the impact the Blade character had from a cinematic perspective when Feige first started working at Marvel.
“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.”
There are several ways that Marvel Studios could utilize the character through different platforms if a film series isn’t in the works. Netflix has become a solid platform for some of Marvel’s darker heroes and the same can be said about ABC to a degree. The recent season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced Robbie Reyes a.k.a. Ghost Rider (played by Gabriel Luna), so anything is possible.
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