Sorry ‘Blade’ fans - the vampire hunter won’t be back after all.
It’s no secret that Kate Beckinsale thinks there’s grand plans for Blade - Marvel’s iconic vampire hunter. Appearing at New York Comic Con this weekend, she teased a new revival for the half-vampire daywalker.
But it seems that’s not the case.
Asked whether or not ‘Underworld’ and ‘Blade’ could crossover, she explained that the filmmakers approached Marvel with the idea… but they already had plans for the character.
But during an interview with The Playlist, Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige explained the entire ‘Blade’ situation… and Marvel doesn’t have anything in the works just yet.
“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.”
Unfortunately, it sounds as though while Marvel is keen to keep hold of the rights to the character (and keep their intellectual property close to their chest) they also don’t have any plans to bring Blade back to the big screen.
“We still think he’s a great character,” he added. “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.”
What does this mean for the future of Blade?
For the time being, it looks as though the half-vampire - played in the movies by Wesley Snipes - has been shelved.
Could he appear in the MCU? Maybe even a cameo in Marvel’s TV shows?
For now, we’ll have to wait and see. But there are no big plans at the moment.
Picture Credit: Marvel, New Line Cinema