Many discuss what exactly started the current trend of superhero films, but some would easily point to 1998’s Blade featuring Wesley Snipes in the title role. With the return of R-rated projects, such as Deadpool and Logan, it is difficult not to wonder whatever became of the character and if we could potentially see his return. There have been various teases by Snipes that he may even return to the titular role, which led to the theory that we could see an adaptation of one of the latest runs, which featured his daughter and put the vampire hunter in a mentor role. Now Marvel Studios’ head, Kevin Feige, offered some hints that we may see the character return in an interview with JoBlo.com.
“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.”
Blade being a legacy character could continue hint at the potential of the daughter dynamic being considered. Feige has pointed out towards the franchise’s main focus being on PG-13 productions, so a character like Blade would stick out quite a bit. Naturally, they could be creative and avoid the usage of blood, but given the vampire background of the characters, it is difficult to say if they would attempt this character on film. TV on the other hand is a completely different matter. Netflix has made some rather dark storylines with the various NYC characters, so it would not be too far off if we could potentially see Blade join the Netflix-side of this universe.
Given the arrival of Ghost Rider in last season’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we could see a much darker side of this universe being discovered. Given Blade’s appearance as part of the Midnight Sons, it would offer itself as an interesting addition to the “team-up” series and films that the franchise offers. Next to The Defenders, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers, they would offer themselves as an interesting addition. The much darker direction would certainly make them stand-out and seeing characters such as Blade and Ghost Rider bounce off of each other would be quite a sight to behold.
Would you want to see Blade join the MCU? What story would you want to see them adapt?