For awhile now, we've heard rumblings that Marvel is planning to resurrect the iconic vampire hunter Blade, whether it be in a true sequel, a reboot or TV show. And while that might happen sometime in the far off future, Marvel's big man on campus Kevin Feige recently commented on the matter. And he confirms that nothing is imminent in regards to this popular comic book property.
While there have been plenty of rumors swirling around Blade ever since the title wound back up at Marvel Studios, none of them have been confirmed. We've heard that Wesley Snipes has taken meetings with Marvel to reprise his leading role in Blade 4. We've also heard that he might return as a secondary character in a reboot that sees Blade's daughter taking over the family business. And there has also been plenty of chatter that Blade could be the star of his own Netflix series. But none of that is happening for the time being.
News of a Blade project heated up last week when reports came from an unlikely source. Underworld: Blood Wars star Kate Beckinsale claimed that Sony and Screen Gems wanted to borrow Blade for a big screen crossover. But Marvel said no because they had a different project in the works and were currently using the character. Speaking with The Playlist, Feige confirms that Sony and Screen Gems wanted a crossover, but they weren't having it. Marvel claimed that a Blade 'project' was in the works. But that's not necessarily true. At least for the moment. Kevin Feige explains about the Blade/Underworld crossover and the impending Blade Reboot.
"That's both true. They did ask a long time ago [about an Underworld crossover] 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."
In all likelihood, it sounds like Blade will appear first in a pre-existing Marvel movie or TV show before he returns in his own standalone series or big screen adventure. But fans are already begging Marvel not to make Blade part of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In the comics, Blade's daughter Fallon Grey has taken over the business of battling bloodsuckers. It isn't known if this incarnation of the property will make it to the big screen.