In 2013, Marvel Studios announced that they had regained the rights to some characters they had loaned out to other studios. Those were: Ghost Rider, The Punisher and Blade. The first two have since made their way onto the screen with Agents of SHIELD and Daredevil. The Punisher was so well received in Daredevil that he’s even getting his own show on Netflix. Yet Blade is nowhere to be seen.
Until now perhaps.
In a recent interview with JoBlo, Kevin Fiege strongly hinted that Blade would someday make it onto the screen:
“We think it would be cool. Someday,” Feige said. “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.”
Back in 1998 the original Blade was released to huge success raking in $131 million worldwide. This was seen as quite the achievement at the time for a little known comic book property. Two sequels followed and even a short-lived TV series.
However, because of this success some have wondered whether the characters previous outings would keep him from joining the MCU. Speaking on that topic Fiege said “I think Blade is a legacy character now and I think it would be fun to do something with him one day.”
While it doesn’t appear that the character will be heading to the big or small screen anytime soon, it is good to know that Marvel is intent on using all their available properties.