With the recent release of Iron Man 3 and the upcoming release this year of Thor: The Dark World, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is beginning to expand beyond its original conception; and why not, it is a successful series. Add to this other successful Marvel Franchises like the X-Men and Spiderman and it is clear to see that Marvel are not leaving any stone unturned within any of their franchises when adapting into films……….except for one, and it is a big one. It is the franchise that kickstarted all the Marvel Films all the way back in 1998, BLADE.
Blade is a Vampire Hunter as well as one of the most interesting characters in all of the Marvel Franchises. He is a dangerous person, no doubt about it, almost indestructible, but he is also cold, does not show much (or any) emotion. He is the kind of guy who would go into an enemy stronghold, through the front door and into reception before killing everybody (who is a threat that is). In terms of his movie career, his first film was back in 1998 followed by two sequels in 2002 and 2004. The films starred Wesley Snipes in the title role and Kris Kristofferson playing the part of Blade’s Mentor. The films also starred many major actors and actresses around today including Udo Kier, Ron Perlman, Danny John-Jules, Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds. Following on from the film series was also an Incredible TV Series starring Kirk Jones as Blade along with Jill Wagner and Neil Jackson. So with all this success, why is it that the Last Blade film was released back in 2004 while all the other Marvel Franchises have received constant attention?
Since Blade Trinity was released there has been an assortment of films:
- Two Fantastic Four Films
- Three X-Men Films (a Sequel and Two Prequels)
- Two Ghost Rider Films
- Two Spiderman Films
- Punisher: War Zone
- The Incredible Hulk
- Three Iron Man Films
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- The Avengers
- And more of the above currently in Production.
So with this Great assortment of films (19 in total), I continue to ask the Question, Where is Blade?
It is even more interesting considering the success that Vampire based films have achieved in the last few years. I am of course talking about films like The Twilight Saga starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson which as a whole has grossed over Three Billion Dollars Worldwide. As well as the Twilight Saga you also have the Underworld Series starring Kate Beckinsale which also includes Vampires. So once again I ask the question, Where is Blade?
In terms of how the film’s were presented, they were different to every other Marvel Film. The Blade series had a dark tone to it while also having a lot of action too, but not just that, it had great characters. The film’s were involved in their own storylines and had no connection with other Marvel Franchises, something it shares with the X-Men series. By being contained, it does not explode and can keep its quality at a high standard. You as a viewer are not having to think about a lot of things and can enjoy the film more as a result as you are only concentrating on the here and now instead of the when. Blade also targeted the more mature audiences and so was able to have an exciting story along with huge amount of action as well live up to its dark depiction in the comics as well. So why is Blade not getting any attention like every other Marvel Character?
All of these things aside, I would love to see a New Blade film, and I don’t mean a reboot, I want a sequel. I want Wesley Snipes in the lead role, I would quite like to see Jessica Biel make a return too. You could have Guillermo del Toro return to direct it. What is stopping Marvel? They have the movie rights to produce it. The Avengers films are sure to both be good and produce lots of money, stop worrying about them and bring back the one responsible for starting Film Productions back in 1998 (Don’t put Blade in the Avengers though, it won’t work, I will say why later). It has been far too long (About Nine Years) since the Best Vampire Slayer in Movie History last made an appearance. Marvels continued success at the box office proves that now is the right time to bring Blade back. Forget the Avengers, it’s time for a New Blade Film.