The Blade trilogy might enjoy cult status nowadays, but it’s sometimes easy to forget that the film series about a cussin’, no-nonsense vampire hunter was Marvel’s first foray into a nascent cinematic universe. Fortunately, the folks over at Screen Junkie haven’t forgotten, and their latest Honest Trailers video brings the pain to a series that’s equal parts awesome and embarrassing in hindsight.
The video does point out some interesting tidbits that have been overshadowed in recent years, like how the Blade films follow a trend in superhero movies of the first film being good, followed by an even better sequel and then a final film that simply can’t hold a candle to the previous two. The Spider-Man and X-Men franchises have both experienced this phenomenon.
Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan are credited as the creators of Blade, who debuted in Tomb of Dracula #10. Blade grew up in London, despite the film’s portrayal of him as an American vampire hunter. Blade’s mother was slain by the vampire Deacon Frost while he was in the process of being born, an act that passed certain vampiric traits on to the child, though it did not turn him completely.
Wesley Snipes played Blade on the big screen, and while there has not been another Blade film since 2004, he has recently stated that he would be open to playing the hero again.