The love/hate relationship between comics and cinema is nothing new. A series of films paved the way for Marvel, in the style of the MCU and DC Comics, to create the feature films which have been appearing on cinema screens for the last 10 years now. Following a number of flops in the 1960s-1970s, with the exception of the Superman films by Richard Donner, it was in the 1990s-2000s that the genre was, strictly speaking, really born.
Not long before X-Men by Bryan Singer, Spider-Man by Sam Raimi, Fantastic Four and even Hellboy, two franchises marked the genre for different reasons: Batman by Tim Burton, with its realistic, strangely colored pop visuals; and Blade, bloody and somber in both its imagery and universe.
The vampire hunter, played by Wesley Snipes, was the focus of a cult trilogy — although we could have done without the final installment — which came to an end in 2004, when other superheroes started taking over the big screen. Fans have been speculating for years about the hero's return, with the actor teasing snippets from discussions with the big bosses here and there. But this time, he's gone further still.
Interviewed by Vice to mark the 20th anniversary of the American release of the first Blade movie, Wesley Snipes had the following words to say about the future of the franchise:
"There are a lot of conversations going around right now and we’re very blessed to have the enthusiasm and interest in something coming from that world again. We’ve created two projects that fit perfectly into this world and, when people see them, I think they’re only going to have a problem with deciding which one they love the most.
All the main execs [at Marvel] and my team, we’ve been discussing for the past two years. Everyone’s enthusiastic about it, everybody gets it. But they got a business to run and they gotta square the things that they gotta figure out before they can get to it, I guess. In the meantime, we got a business to run and our own slate of things to do so…
But the next time you see something in [the Blade universe], mark my words: what we did before is child’s play compared to what we can do now."
So don't be surprised if, in a few months, Kevin Feige announces the arrival of the character in our beloved MCU, somewhat depleted following the clash between our favorite superheroes and Thanos. And we're pretty happy about it!