On a list of movies that do not get the credit they deserve the original Blade trilogy might be right at the top. While we had Superman and Batman movies it was really the Blade, Spider-Man, and X-Men movies that really kicked off the superhero boom that we have today. Blade was an R-rated comic book movie when the idea of doing something like that was an insane proposition. While the series is far from perfect it did help pave the way and there are people out there defending it.
One of the things that Marvel got back was the character of Blade several years ago. There hasn’t been any movement on bringing him to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but there are people asking questions. For a long time it just didn’t look like he would fit in the family friendly movie universe but now that Netflix is taking the Marvel universe in a darker direction people are asking about Blade again. On a list of characters people always ask Marvel about bringing to Netflix Blade, Ghost Rider, and Moon Knight are the top three.
In an interview with JoBlo Marvel producer Kevin Feige commented on the character and if there are any plans to bring him into the fold.
We think it would be cool. Someday. My tenure at Marvel started 17 years ago, and there were two things that sort of launched the modern era. One was X-Men, which was the first thing that people said, “Oh, there’s life here.” But a few years before that, there was Blade. A character nobody had heard of at all, had only appeared in a few issues of Tomb of Dracula or something, turned into a big franchise. 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. I think Blade is a legacy character now, and I think it would be fun to do something with him one day.
While that answer is pretty common when it comes to Feige answering questions the important thing to point out is that Feige remembers that this character helped create the market that exists today. That is important because, at the very least, someone at Marvel recognizes that this character was central to the creation and success of the Marvel movies. He said the word “legacy” and that’s important. Maybe more people will finally start to give the Blade movies the credit they deserve.
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