Fans have not spotted the vampire-hunting character Blade since well before star Wesley Snipes served prison time for failing to file income tax returns. And at least according to those in charge at Marvel, it might be a long time before we see Blade again.
Marvel president Kevin Feige disappointed fans over the weekend when he made it clear there’s nothing currently in the works for the 43-year-old character.
“They did ask a long time ago, and I think our answer was, ‘No, we’ll do something with Blade at some point.’ That still the answer.”
Simply speaking Feige said, according to The Playlist, there is far too much Marvel going on to find room for Blade. Especially with the studio’s latest movie preparing for a November release of Doctor Strange.
“We still think he’s a great character. He’s a really fun character. We think this movie (Doctor Strange) 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 SHIELD, 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.”
New Line Cinema acquired the rights to Blade in the 1990s back when Marvel was not financing and producing its own films. It released Blade in 1998 starring Snipes in the title role, and also featuring Kris Kristofferson and N’Bushe Wright. It was followed by two sequels - Blade 2 in 2002 and Blade: Trinity in 2004.
All three films each made around $130 million worldwide.
New Line continued that success with Blade: The Series on Spike TV in 2006 that put Kirk Jones in the starring role. Although the show was said to receive strong ratings at the cable channel, observers later said Spike simply didn’t want to continue taking a risk on such an expensive show.
Kate Beckinsale, who plays Selene in the Underworld movie franchise, was recently asked if anyone had considered doing an Underworld/Blade crossover. Her response sparked considerable speculation, and what initially forced Feige to speak more definitively on the subject.
“No, we had that idea (for a crossover). No, they’re busy. They’re doing something with Blade.”
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