As we mentioned in our very own irrefutably correct list of the greatest movie characters of all time, Blade is unbeatable. There are no better movie characters, ever, in history, than Blade. As such, it would be very welcome to see some more of him, in any way - just more of Blade, please.
You see, Blade was a brilliant film - an 18-rated comic book movie and really, the first Marvel property to get an actually good film, and make a significant splash at the box office. If that didn’t pave the way for what we’ve currently got going on in our cinemas, then we don’t know what did.
Then, in a rare case of a sequel being even better than the first one, Blade II came out and was absolutely, undeniably amazing in almost every possible way (apart from those terrible CGI ninjas at the beginning). After that, Blade: Trinity, but, umm, let’s not talk about that.
So what about Blade 4: The Bladening (full title TBA)? Well, old Wes had a bit of a “thing” with the IRS and had to “go away” for a bit, so things slowed down on that front, but now that he’s back, he’s hyping it up once more, and we couldn’t be happier. In an interview with Vice, he talked of the possibility of a new entry into the franchise:
“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 again. 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.
“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 that 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 so…
“But the next time you see something in [the Blade universe], mark my words: what we did before is child’s play compared to what we can do now.”
He also addressed the controversy that surrounded the production of Blade: Trinity, that supposedly painted Snipes as someone extremely difficult to work with (including rumours that he only communicated to the director, David Goyer, using Post-It Notes signed “from Blade”). When asked if he’d settled things with Goyer, he said:
“Mhmm. I think we talked sometimes, somehow, somewhere. I don’t fault him. I don’t fault anybody. That’s just what it was, man. Nobody thought that the Blade stuff was gonna pop off in the first place. It was an anomaly. All of it was an anomaly. It just happens over time. Nobody knows who was the one who struck gold, but everybody claims it.
“So, he did what he had to do. We did what we did based on what we knew at the time and that was the way it was. It’s a wonderful thing where you can look back and say, hey, at the end of the day we still did something great. Great people, great talent, great future.
“We laid the foundation for something bigger than we even imagined. That being said, we were the products of those that laid the foundation for us. So, hakuna matata.”
Hopefully everything is sorted, because a world without another Blade film is certainly not the kind of world anybody should be pleased about living in.
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