This is a repost of a blog I wrote several years ago. Originally posted January 24/ 2016
The late 90s were not a great time for comic book/super hero films. In 1997 Joel Schumacher pretty much killed the genre with Batman & Robin, and Bryan Singer’s X-Men wouldn’t arrive until 2000, but in 1998 we got Blade.
Blade was awesome! The film is pitch perfect for what it is, an action packed, gritty, comic book come to life. Wesley Snipes is in no danger of winning an Oscar anytime soon, but he’s perfect as Blade. His natural attitude and cockiness make for a great vampire hunter. The action sequences are several years ahead of their time, with a slow motion bullet dodge a year before The Matrix did it, and how many other movies can you name that open with a BLOOD RAVE! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m not going to spoil it for you. The supporting cast (Kris Kristopherson, N’Bushe Wright, Stephen Dorff, and Donal Logue) are all great, the story never drags (by David Goyer who would later write Nolan’s Dark Knight films), and the visual effects are good, if not quite up to today’s standards.
The question is, could Blade fit into the modern Marvel cimematic universe. I think it can. The film would definitely land on the darker end of the Marvel spectrum with Jessica Jones and Daredevil, but that’s ok. I don’t think the whole Blade trilogy should be rolled into MCU canon, just the first one. I also don’t think Marvel should go ahead with any more Blade solo films, but with Doctor Strange ready to start exploring the mystical corners of the Marvel Universe, Blade would make a nice supporting character. Sneak him in to a post credit scene at the end of Doctor Strange to establish a relationship, and they have the sequel teed up. Blade and Strange team up to wipe out all the vampires in the world, once and for all. Marvel actually did this exact story in the early 80s, and I think it would work. Snipes doesn’t seem to have aged a day, and has already said he’s up for another turn as the Day Walker. The rights to the character reverted to Marvel several years ago, so really there is nothing standing in the way.
At the end of the day, I don’t really think this is going to happen. It’s too bad, because seeing Blade back on a big screen one more time could be fun, and could help erase the memories of the two horrible sequels. We still have that great first Blade movie, and if you’re a fan of it like I am, we can pretend he’s sneaking around the dark corners of the MCU staking blood suckers. If you’ve never seen the original Blade, do yourself a favor and check it out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.