Posted by Kit Simpson Browne @Kitsb
Staff Writer, Superheroes, Star Wars and such. Bad jokes aplenty. Can be gently prodded on Twitter at @kitsb1
Kit Simpson Browne

Bad news, #Blade fans. Despite increased speculation of late that the day-walking vampire hunter might just be returning to our screens in some capacity, it seems that the Wesley Snipes-played hero won't be doing so anytime soon. What's more, it seems that rumors of a potential crossover between the Blade series and the #Underworld franchise are both unlikely to come to anything, and far less indicative of active plans for the character over at #MarvelStudios than Kate Beckinsale's recent comments seemed to imply.

Y'see, though it appears the producers of the Underworld saga apparently did once ask Marvel whether they could make use of Blade, the answer was apparently no — and remains much the same. And yet, if the latest remarks from Marvel Studios head honcho #KevinFeige are anything to go by...

It Seems Blade Won't Be Turning Up In The MCU Anytime Soon

[Blade/New Line]
[Blade/New Line]

Indeed, as Feige put it, when asked about the potential of a Blade/Underworld crossover after a recent screening of fifteen minutes of Doctor Strange footage:

"They [the ‘Underworld’ producers] did ask a long time ago and I think our answer was, ‘No, we’ll do something with ‘Blade’ at some point.’ That’s still the answer. 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."

Which... is actually quite a lot of information to unpack, to be honest. Y'see, from the sounds of it...

Marvel DOES Want To Do Something With Blade, Just Not Anytime Soon

[Blade/New Line]
[Blade/New Line]

After all, Feige was careful not to suggest that Blade's time on screen was through, and to leave open the possibility of him appearing, whether in a movie, as part of an ABC TV show, or even on Netflix. That, though, doesn't take away from his final point, which is that there aren't currently any high-level plans to bring the hero into the #MCU fold, which isn't really the news fans of the character were hoping for.

There's a silver lining to be found here then, but the sky is still pretty darned dark and cloudy.

Still want more on Blade's potential future with Marvel, though? Never fear, we've got you covered right here.

In the meantime, what do you think? How would you most like to see Blade return to the screen? Let us know below!

[DarkHorizons]