Despite recent reports that Marvel is looking to resurrect its "Blade" property -- after Kate Beckinsale said so doing press for "Underworld: Blood Wars" -- Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige was quick to shoot down the rumor at a press screening for 15 minutes of "Doctor Strange."
"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," Feige told The Playlist. "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."
Released by New Line in 1998, the original “Blade” saw huge financial success, with a whopping $131 million worldwide gross — which was quite an achievement for a superhero film at the time (let alone an R-rated one).
Former "Blade" star Snipes is on the record saying he’d like to do a “Blade 4,” indicating as much doing press for his now-cancelled NBC show “The Player." “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 at the time. “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.”
Prior to that, Snipes told reporters at SDCC that he had met with Marvel to discuss returning to the role: “The project is controlled by Marvel and we did have a really productive and a wonderful meeting and we discussed a number of things...I don’t know where it’s on their schedule at this point, that hasn’t been decided. I guess it’s still up in the air.”
The next Marvel Cinematic Universe film, "Doctor Strange," directed by "Sinister" helmer Scott Derrickson, written by Jon Spaihts, Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mad Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong and many others, hits theaters on November 4.