"Underworld: Blood Wars" star Kate Beckinsale hinted at the possible comeback of Marvel's powerful vampire slayer, Blade, during a panel interview at the 2016 New York Comic Con.
Beckinsale might have unconsciously teased a new "Blade" project when she was asked by the press at 2016 NYCC on Oct. 7, Friday. The actress was interrogated about a possible crossover with the hero character Blade who, in Marvel stories, is a strong vampire hunter. She denied the crossover rumors, and said that the idea might have crossed some minds but nothing surfaced. The actress also teased that Marvel is currently working on something with Blade, but did not further elaborate.
"No. We had that idea," Beckinsale said, and added, "They're [Marvel] busy. They're doing something with Blade."
Marvel has not done any promotion for the Blade character for a long time. The last "Blade" solo movie that went out was 2004's "Blade: Trinity." However, rumors about Blade guesting in the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" TV series went out earlier this year since the original comic book has a part in the story for the character.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. And BLADE
Marvel's story for "Captain America: Civil War" had superheroes of the Marvel Universe split over the Superhuman Registration Act. In the comic book, Blade was one of those who registered and began to cooperate with S.H.I.E.L.D. Blade's alliance with the organization gained him his gun hand, which he used in his quests.
Though the story in the books went this way, rumors about a different opportunity for "Blade" came out. Rumors have it that the vampire hunter will have another solo movie in a date yet unconfirmed. Marvel, however, remains silent until now about its plans for its vampire slayer character.
Blade In The Past Years
Marvel's last Blade movie project, "Blade Trinity," was said to be largely panned by the studio and only gathered 25 percent approval rating. The series had not been touched upon since then. Two years later, "Blade" got another chance to revive its popularity as Spike TV decided to air a short-lived "Blade" TV series, but after the show's cancellation, it has not been back on TV or theaters since.
Blade was rumored several times in the past to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Wesley Snipes, for one, has been vocal about his interest in creating a fourth "Blade" movie where he was supposed to meet with Marvel to discuss a project for the character, yet nothing solid came to work.
But now that Beckinsale spilled something about Blade, fans are eager to see what Marvel will come up with for the hero, if it is going to be a movie reboot or a solo TV series.