Twenty years ago, the first real movie that showed that you could turn comic books into a modern day movie franchise (I know Superman was a thing before and there were other attempts) was Blade The Vampire Hunter. Along with the first X Men movies, it paved the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to develop into the multi billion dollar behemoth that it is today.
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So why haven’t we seen a reboot of Blade yet, or better yet just an appearance by the character in the MCU? It’s a good question and one that has been answered in turn by both Wesley Snipes and Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios. First up, here’s what Snipes had to say when someone tweeted him about it:
Sounds like he’s definitely interested although as he says, the ultimate decision lies with Marvel. Here’s what Feige had to say:
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.
I mean it sounds like there’s legs and with Marvel being so keen to diversify itself by promoting movies like Black Panther and Shang Chi (recently rushed into development), it seems kinda crazy that they haven’t moved forward with a Blade remake/reboot. I mean vampires are due to be cool again so what’s stopping them?
Of course, even if this were to happen there’s no guarantee that a now 56 year old Snipes would be reprising his role, but I’ve gotta think that a movie featuring an aging Blade battling some vampires before passing on the mantle to someone else would be pretty cool. Although I’m not actually sure if Blade can age, but you get what I mean. It would be good to see that.
For more of the same, check out the origins of the vampire legend right here. Interesting.