With all the hubbub surrounding the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now, it’s easy to forget that Marvel does have control of a few other properties that have been given their own films in recent years but are currently unattached to the larger MCU activity. ‘Big Hero 6‘ springs to mind for me personally, and for many other people, another hero comes to the forefront for them: the vampire hunter, Blade.
While the first trio of ‘Blade’ films were not under direct Marvel control, the rights to the character came back to the company a few years ago, around the same time that they also managed to bring The Punisher and Ghost Rider back into the cinematic fold. As we’ve seen the other two characters feature in the small-screen version of the MCU, perhaps Blade will have the opportunity to as well?
When asked about this in a recent interview, MCU chief Kevin Feige said:
“I think Blade is a legacy character now, and I think it would be fun to do something with him one day.”
Feige also acknowledged that, thanks to the success of “lesser” characters like Blade, Marvel finally had the guts to do something with it’s other “second-tier” type of heroes:
“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.”
Wesley Snipes ain’t getting any younger, folks – the time is nigh if we want to see him return as Blade! And how awesome would it be if Blade, The Punisher, and Ghost Rider all got together for an on-screen version of the Marvel Knights, huh? Ah, a fanboy can dream…