One of the most poorly-kept secrets in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the moment is the slow process of reviving Blade, Marvel's vampire-slaying hero that came to life with Wesley Snipes' portrayal of him in three live-action films. It's already been reported that Snipes has been chatting with Marvel, and he's not been shy when it comes to telling the world about what's cooking. At San Diego Comic-Con, Snipes spoke openly about development, saying:
"The project is controlled by Marvel and we did have a really productive and a wonderful meeting and we discussed a number of things. I don’t know where it’s on their schedule at this point, that hasn’t been decided. I guess it’s still up in the air."
Snipes also mentioned interest in different projects and concepts, which left the door open for speculation. In the meantime, Marvel is hard at work developing a series based on a new character, Blade's daughter, Fallon Grey, who will take on the mantle of her famous Daywalker father when the perfection of her daily life begins to crumble under her feet.
With the comic delayed, Bleeding Cool turned to "trusted sources" for an update, and learned that the delay may be due to much bigger plans for Fallon:
Bleeding Cool has previously reported that the newly to-be-relaunched Blade comic featuring the daughter of Blade, has been delayed.
I understand from well-connected sources that this is due to careful concern from up above the food chain, that the character [of Fallon Grey] and the comic are suddenly considered extremely important by the bean counters, and the multi-media folk.
Because the plan is that this new Blade will be the one that features in the next Blade movie.
Blade was one of the first successful film titles for Marvel, but didn't quite make the cut for the yet-undeveloped MCU. While there's little room in Phase 3 for the character, Doctor Strange opening up the doors to the supernatural and creepy could pave the way for some vampire hunting fun -- and with the depressing lack of female superheroes (much less women of color in anything close to a superhero role) on the big screen, Fallon may be just the heroine we need to head down that dark path.