Ever since the rights for Blade reverted back to Marvel Studios, fans have been wondering when they would see the Daywalker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hope came last weekend by way of Underworld star Kate Beckinsale saying that any crossover between her vampire franchise and Blade would have to wait because Marvel had plans for the character.
Immediately fans began wondering where Blade would show up—movies, Netflix, ABC—and how soon they might see him. It turns out, patience will still be needed as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told reporters at last night’s Doctor Strange IMAX sneak peek event in Burbank. He confirmed that there were talks of an Underworld crossover that did not come to fruition, but not because of any immediate plans for Blade.
“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.”
Based on Feige’s comments, especially those last three words, it sounds like Marvel Television is free to develop something for Blade and could potentially move forward with something if Marvel Studios does not have anything for the character at this time. Feige knows Marvel Studios has no immediate plans for Blade, but he may not know any plans currently being made over on the television side of the MCU.
The introduction of Ghost Rider has been the strongest part of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this season, so I’m very much into the idea of Blade showing up on ABC. I’d be just as excited (and maybe a little more) to see him get his own Netflix series. Between the second season of Daredevil and the upcoming Iron Fist, the Netflix corner of the MCU is moving deeper into supernatural territory, which could open the door for Blade.
Until the appearance of Blade is confirmed for television, however, I won’t dismiss the possibility of seeing the character in movies. Marvel Studios will always be in need of new franchises and as the studio continues to find new times of year in which to release its films, perhaps there will be room for Blade movies that are released in October to coincide with Halloween.
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