It’s been over a decade since Blade: Trinity (a critically panned box office flop which effectively killed the franchise) was released, and though the character had a short-lived run on the small screen, he’s remained on the shelf ever since. Marvel Studios hold the rights as of right now, and Wesley Snipes continues to claim that he’s spoken to them about reviving the franchise.
Whether there’s any truth to what the actor is saying is hard to know for sure, especially as he could just be looking to get the kind of press attention to try and force Marvel into bringing him back as Blade. And unlike that Marvel/Sony deal which saw Spider-Man added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the demand really isn’t there for the vampire hunting anti-hero to make his return.
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Asked recently where things currently stand with Blade, the actor said:
“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.”
Recent rumours have indicated that Blade‘s return will focus on him taking on a mentor like role to his daughter, a character who is set to be introduced in the upcoming “All New, All-Different” Marvel relaunch. That news didn’t come from a particularly reliable source however, so the future of the character remains very much up in the air.
It’s hard to believe that he’s too much of a priority for Kevin Feige right now with Phase 3 set to kick off with Captain America: Civil War next year, but you never know what will happen. There has to be at least some truth to Wesley’s claims about speaking with Marvel, right?
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Source: The Huffington Post