Blade 4 Sequel: Not In The Works For Marvel
Blade is Wesley Snipes, Wesley Snipes is Blade. Blade, the hybrid Daywalker vampire has spawned such a cult following that even up to now, more than 10 years after the last installment, fans are still eagerly awaiting news of a sequel. Fans of the cult classic, however, would probably not accept a different actor playing the iconic character.
Although there had long been rumors about another Blade film, the latest rumors stemmed from Kate Beckinsale's statement in an interview at the New York Comic Con. The actress, who was there to promote her latest movie, "Underworld: Blood Wars", was asked if there was any chance of a crossover between her character Selene and Blade. Not an unlikely pairing, given that both are vampire hybrids, and both films are heavy on the action, martial arts and gory scenes. Beckinsale had said, "No. We had that idea. No... They're busy. They're doing something with Blade."
But The Playlist has confirmed that Marvel is not working on a 'Blade" movie. The Blade franchise, which were originally produced by New Line Cinema, was acquired by Marvel Studios in 2012. Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, had this to say:
"They 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."
Fans may not be the only ones eager for another Blade installment. In an interview with HuffPost Live in September last year, Snipes was asked about the possibility of another "Blade" sequel. 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," Snipes said. "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."
When asked whether Blade's character could be integrated into the "Avengers" film franchise, the actor said, "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. He's got to bite somebody. I don't know who he's going to bite."