A few days ago, stories hit the web following Kate Beckinsale‘s remarks about Marvel’s vampire hunter Blade teaming up with the characters of the Underworld franchise. Beckinsale said that the makers of Underworld had approached Marvel about a possible crossover, but Marvel had declined saying they had other plans for the character. This led to many speculating that Marvel was actively developing a revival of Blade. Some may remember that Marvel regained the rights to Blade back in 2013, along with Ghost Rider and Punisher. Now, three years later, we’ve seen Punisher show up in Daredevil with his own spin-off on the way, and Ghost Rider appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with “rumblings” of his own spin-off.
Unfortunately for fans who were hoping that a Blade announcement was just around the corner, it looks like Marvel does not, in fact, have anything currently in development for everyone’s favorite Daywalker. Speaking to The Playlist after the Doctor Strange IMAX sneak peek, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige addressed the Blade rumors, stating:
“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 S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 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.”
Despite the fact that nothing is happening with Blade right away, fans shouldn’t give up hope that Marvel will eventually find somewhere for the character to show up. Rumors have been circulating for years about possible ways Marvel could revitalize the Blade franchise, including one that suggested they may adapt the All-New, All-Different version of Blade was at one point being developed as a new comic series. So it’s clear that some version of Blade is something that fans definitely want, and Marvel knows this. Feige’s comments above are awfully close to similar comments he’s made in the past, such as this quote about Daredevil from an EW interview he gave in 2013, just one year before the Netflix show was announced:
“Whenever a character comes back to us, it’s usually because the other studios don’t want to make the movies anymore – and that usually means the [previous] movies may not have been particularly well received. They all have potential, but we’re not going to say, ‘We got it back – make it!’”
So while we might not be seeing Blade “imminently”, it seems a safe bet that somewhere, sometime, we’ll once again see some motherfuckers trying to ice-skate uphill.
Source: The Playlist