Despite suffering a few shaky sequels, the Blade film series stands as one of the memorable early stabs at what would eventually become the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and talk of a return to the iconic vampire hunter has been circulating ever since actor Wesley Snipes first brought the topic up with Marvel.
Now, as talks are continue between the actor and the studio, Snipes has opened up about how progress is going:
There's always a possibility, you know. It's in Marvel's hands. They're controlling the pace and the flow with that. Conversations have been good. They see the value in it. We see the value in it... I'm still in shape enough and fit enough to handle the role. We'll see how it goes. I don't really know what's going to happen to it yet.
But with the actor's openness encouraging fans to ask for Blade's return to live action, the possibilities are endless. Marvel's story team makes its own decisions -- but they're also keenly aware of their fans, and what characters mean to them. If Marvel can work with Sony to bring Spider-Man partially back home, then they can surely pay attention to Blade, especially with the re-launch of his title series and the continuation of his legacy through his daughter, newcomer Fallen Grey.
Snipes offered a bit of his own speculation on the character, particularly concerning the primary team that Marvel's onscreen universe is circling around: The Avengers.
That would be interesting. I mean, I know it's in the comic book. It would be interesting to see where they would place him and where he really would fit in.
Then, of course, a return to the character's origins -- his vampiric abilities might make for an interesting addition to the list of Avengers (or, at least, people that the team associates with).
He's got to bite somebody. I don't know who he's going to bite.
Step aside, Marvel Zombies. Looks like Wesley Snipes might have a totally different plan for bringing the macabre to superhero lore.