Blade Project Is Happening at Marvel, But Is It a Movie or TV Show?
Back in 2013, Marvel Studios re-acquired the rights to three of its beloved superheroes, Blade, Ghost Rider and The Punisher. The Punisher was integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe earlier this year with Jon Bernthal playing Frank Castle in Daredevil Season 2, while the new Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) made his MCU debut on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Marvel has still not made any formal announcements for a Blade project, but it seems that may be in the works, according to Kate Beckinsale.
Kate Beckinsale isn't exactly someone you'd think of to break Marvel news, since she hasn't starred in any of the MCU movies thus far. The actress was part of a panel at New York Comic Con today for her new movie Underworld: Blood Wars, where she was asked if anyone had considered a crossover between the Underworld franchise and the beloved vampire hunter Blade. As it turns out, the actress revealed during her Underworld Blood Wars New York Comic Con panel (via ComicBook.com), that they did in fact consider a crossover. Here's what Kate Beckinsale had to say, dropping some tantalizing Blade details.
"No. We had that idea. No. They're busy. They're doing something with Blade."
Kate Beckinsale wouldn't elaborate any further about what Marvel is working on, but there have been a few different rumors swirling as of late. Back in May, a rumor surfaced that a Blade TV series was in development at Netflix, along with Moon Knight and Ghost Rider. We learned just a few months later that Ghost Rider was heading to ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but there have never been any confirmed details about a Blade or Moon Knight TV series.
We also reported in May that original Blade star Wesley Snipes has expressed his interest in returning as the Daywalker. The actor revealed that there is always a possibility that he could return, although he added that the "Ball's in Marvel's court." Even if Marvel is secretly developing a Blade project, we don't know if it's a movie or a TV series, or if the studio would even be inclined to bring Wesley Snipes back as Blade. The actor starred in three big-screen adventures, 1998's Blade, 2002's Blade II and 2004's Blade: Trinity. There was also a 2006 live-action TV show based on the character that aired on SPIKE.
Wesley Snipes also revealed last year that he had met with Marvel Studios about Blade 4, but another report surfaced a few months later that the studio was considering using a female vampire hunter. Still, until Marvel makes any sort of official announcement, we just have hearsay and unconfirmed rumors. Hopefully we'll here something official about a new Blade movie or TV show soon.