While NYCC promises to bring a lot of real news on the future of the MCU, a bit of insider info may have slipped from a very unlikely source today. During a panel about her role in the Underworld film franchise, Kate Beckinsale was asked about a team-up film with Blade the Vampire Hunter. She seemed positive on the idea but thinks it can’t happen because Marvel already has plans in the works.
They’re busy. They’re doing something with Blade.
Now this is hardly the same as an official announcement or even a trade magazine report. On the other hand, it would be really weird for Beckinsale to just make up a detail like that for the sake of messing with fans. At some point or the other someone in the industry has told her that some gears are moving toward a revival of Blade. This shouldn’t come as a total surprise. Wesley Snipes, the only actor to play a live-action version of the character, also has mentioned his desire for the character to return and his potential role in the MCU.
Bringing back Blade would please many fans. While often the credit for the beginning of the Marvel explosion of films goes to X-Men, Blade was, in fact, the first Marvel property to make a modern film debut. It’s easy to forget that both that film and Blade II managed to open #1 at the box office, despite R ratings. While X-Men proved that Marvel comics could become big budget, blockbuster movies, it was Blade that paved the way for the smaller, non-summer-release approach to lesser known properties. To this day most of the “What Marvel Should Do Next on Netflix” list articles usually feature Blade as a ripe property.
A year ago when Marvel teased a new series of comics focused on Blade’s daughter the announcement led to a flood of innuendo about what role the new version could play in the TV/Film world. That series was mysteriously delayed/canceled. Is the cancellation due to them not believing in the reworking of the character? Or do they have big TV/film plans for the character and wanted to wait for a more opportune moment to spring her on comic readers? It seems that increasingly the comics side is bending toward producing books which support the film and TV departments.
Finally, when the producers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were recently asked about the “Midnight Sons” possibly coming out of the appearance of Ghost Rider on their shows, they said that was “a very cool idea.” Might Marvel be moving on several fronts to create a context for Ghost Rider, Blade, and other similar characters appear in a team up of some kind?
Would you like to see a Blade film or TV show? Is this an obvious play on Netflix, or could the show work somewhere else? Do you want to see Snipes back? Share your thoughts in the comments below!