So, the rights to the Blade property are officially back with Marvel. That’s not exactly big news, but it does raise the question: will Blade ever join the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
For all you Daywalkers out there who aren’t woke to Blade, Wesley Snipes brought the famous vampire hunter to life in two sweet movies and one terrible one. Since then, we haven’t gotten a live action Blade despite several rumors cropping up over the years. Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige recently spoke to Arrow In The Head where he gave some hope to those Blade loyalists.
“We think it would be cool. Someday,” Feige said of Blade joining the MCU. “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.”
Okay, so it doesn’t sound like Blade will be popping up in the MCU anytime soon. But Feige’s comments do seem to suggest that conversations are at least being had and that’s definitely a step in the right direction. And who knows, maybe when Marvel is finally ready to commit to a Blade project, we could get a mature R-rated offering. Feige did say recently that R-rated MCU movies weren’t “out of the question.”