While Bryan Singer’s X-Men (2000) tends to get all the credit for helping jump start the modern superhero movie era, Blade arguably did it two years earlier. Starring Wesley Snipes as Marvel’s titular vampire hunter, Blade celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and honestly holds up much better than X-Men does. Unfortunately, the series went off the rails with 2004’s disappointing Blade: Trinity and there hasn’t been a new installment since. But that may be about to change.
Snipes recently sat down for an interview with Vice where, among other things, the actor discussed his time with the Blade franchise. More importantly, he revealed that he’s currently working on some new projects related to the character: “There are a lot of conversations going around right now and we’re very blessed to have the enthusiasm and interest in something coming from that world.”
Snipes continued, “We’ve created two projects that fit perfectly into this world and, when people see them, I think they’re only going to have a problem with deciding which one they love the most.”
Wait, two projects? How’s that going to work? Snipes was mum on details but did say that he’s actually met with Marvel Studios, which opens up all sorts of possibilities.
“All the main execs [at Marvel] and my team, we’ve been discussing for the past two years. Everyone’s enthusiastic about it, everybody gets it. But they got a business to run and they gotta square the things they gotta figure out before they can get to it, I guess. In the meantime, we got a business to run and our own slate of things to do. But the next time you see something in [Blade], mark my words: What we did before is child’s play compared to what we can do now.”
Snipes is kind of an eccentric guy, so it’s hard not to take all of this with a massive grain of salt, but we’d welcome a Blade 4 with open arms, especially if it’s being handled by Marvel Studios. Let’s hope both parties can come together on this and make something happen.