When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans can’t keep themselves from asking for more. Audiences want more movies, more television shows, and even more characters to make their franchise debut. Characters like Blade have been pleaded for on numerous occasions. And, now, the president of Marvel Studios is teasing the hero’s eventual debut in the MCU.
Recently, Kevin Feige sat down for an interview with JoBlo to promote Spider-Man: Homecoming. It was there the producer touched base on Marvel’s plans for Blade, and Feige said they will get to the day-walker someday.
“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.”
In 1998, the world got its first live-action take on Blade thanks to Wesley Snipes. The action-packed franchise became a hit with fans, but Blade has yet to step into the MCU for one reason or another. Some fans wondered if the character’s previous film outings would keep him from joining the MCU one day, but Feige does not seem to think Blade’s notoriety is an issue at all.
“I think Blade is a legacy character now,” Feige explained. “I think it would be fun to do something with him one day.”
In the past, Feige has said something very similar about Blade’s entrance into the MCU. The Playlist spoke with the producer about the possibility, and Feige had this to say:
“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.”
For now, fans will have to wait and see if Blade gets a chance to enter the MCU. Audiences have long suspected the hero might be added to Agents of SHIELD thanks to the show’s supernatural-friendly storylines. However, if Marvel Studios chooses to give the hero a theatrical reboot, there is one actor who’d love to play the part. Anthony Mackie has said he’d play Blade all day everyday if given the choice, but the job seems out of his reach. Who would play the Falcon if Mackie hops on over to Eric Brooks?
You can find the official synopsis for Homecoming below, which has a 4.13 out of 5 on ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
The cast includes Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. It also includes Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, Kenneth Choi, Michael Mando, Selenis Leyva, Isabella Amara, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., JJ Totah, and Hannibal Buress.
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