The Hulk, Daredevil, The Punisher, Spider-Man, and, most recently, Ghost Rider – Marvel has made something of an art of accepting back those characters that had previously been licensed out to other studios and integrating them into the ever-more-expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside its blockbuster Avengers. And this past weekend, at the New York Comic-Con, fans got immensely excited when Underworld actress Kate Beckinsale said that Marvel had plans to reintegrate Blade, as well.
All of that makes this latest news all the more disappointing. It turns out that Marvel isn’t in the midst of some grand Blade revival. At least, not in the immediate future, that is.
The Playlist had the chance to recently catch up with Marvel Cinematic Universe maestro Kevin Feige and asked him about Beckinsale’s quote concerning Blade. After explaining that the Underworld filmmakers did, indeed, ask about doing a crossover between the two franchises, Feige explained what the more current situation with Blade is:
“They did ask a long time ago 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.”
On the one hand, this is dispiriting news, as the character – who rose to national cultural prominence with his trilogy of New Line films, starting with Blade in 1998 and ending with Blade: Trinity in 2004 – has not only become a cult favorite, but is a superhero that features a far different origin, tone, and subgenre than the rest of the MCU’s denizens. The half-vampire Eric Brooks has become a hunter of the supernatural beasts, which places him squarely in the realm of horror, one of the few genres that Marvel Studios has yet to tackle in full.
On the other hand, however, the company is currently busy setting up his (eventual?) introduction, thanks to delving deep into the fantastical with this November’s Doctor Strange and turning over what seems like the entire fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to none other than Ghost Rider, who features some rather solid horror credentials himself.
It may ultimately be, however, that the Day Walker won’t be showing up within the MCU at all. It could simply be that, after incorporating Strange’s magic and Guardians of the Galaxy’s cosmic humor, vampires may require a bit more setup; at this point, we’re not even sure how S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to explain away the deal-with-the-devil Ghost Rider, since nearly all of its past superpowered individuals have fallen in the Inhuman camp, whether they were that way in the comics or not (we’re looking at you, Quake [Chloe Bennet]). But, then again, if Daredevil can feature (nearly) immortal ninja warriors, then anything should be possible, right?
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest developments on a potential comeback for Blade.