Hello, ladies and gentlenerds, fanboys and fangirls, vampires and werewolves! Multi-Verse is back again to give you my two cents on some of the latest crap in the world of geekdom!
It was recently reported by the New York Daily News’ gossip column “Confidential” (which means you shouldn’t believe a damn thing that comes out of that column, unless it’s proven true somewhere more reputable, and that’s coming from an actual New Yorker!) that Wesley Snipes has said that he would be more than willing and able to come back for Blade 4! According to the five sentence long volume, Mr. Snipes would reportedly be paid 3 million dollars and additional payments from the profit the film would make. Then it went on to pull a cheap crack about how the should remember to file his taxes correctly this time. (Very classy, Confidential…Not!….Okay, it was a little funny…
.. Ooooorr maybe not!?) Anyway, I’m not here to debate the validaity of the story. Instead, I wanted to give my two cents on wheather or not it can work.
Do I think this will work? NO! “What? What do you mean NO?!?” I mean no. “Is it Wesley’s age?” No, it’s not his age. 53 is not old at all. He can still kick ass. “Is it because the laat one wasn’t good?” Nope. Although Blade: Trinity was the weakest out the trilogy (Blade 2 being my absouloute favorite), that’s not why I think it won’t work. “Then what’s your problem, Jerk-Face?!” Uhm..Ok, that was just rude..
Blade has no place within the PG/PG13 world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Where everything is “Rain drops are falling on my head. But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red!” While Blade..well…Blade is a freaking blood bath! And I mean that in a very literal sense! The first scene in the first movie had a RAVE with an actual blood bath!
Blade is a “HARD R!!” type character. To take away the gore, the action, violence and the mature themes that the Blade character represents is like telling Michael Bay to do an action movie with no explosions. It just wouldn’t be the same. It’s who he is!
Blade is one of the handful of “dark” characters Marvel has in their roster. To try and whitewash a Blade film with no blood, no crazy vampire death scenes and no frighting images…that’s not a Blade film.
That being said, who’s to say Marvel is even currently interested in putting a Blade film in motion. Marvel is far to busy moving forward with the universe they’ve already established to go back to revisit a franchise they only just recently gained back the rights of. Yes, Wesley is 53 and he’s not getting any younger. So, if Marvel does decide to do a Blade film in, let’s say their Phase 18 slate of films, it’s a safe bet Wesley Snipes will not be Blade.
HOWEVER!.. Marvel Studios is on one hell of a roll, and the people they have behind the scenes of their films are some extremely intelligent individuals who know these characters inside and out. If there is one company I have faith in that could make a PG-13 Blade film work, it would be Marvel Studios. I personally would not be overly thrilled at the idea, but I would hold out faith that they can get it done.
If sentimentality was a factor, and they want to give Wesley Snipes a chance at a final hurrah and redemption in a Blade 4, there are ways that they can do it. One could be a chance for Marvel to kick off a new studio line “Marvel Knights,” where they can create a sepreate universe for not only thier darker characters (Punisher, Ghost Rider), but also some lesser know ones as well (Moon Knight, Iron Fist, Deathlok). Blade 4 could be a great place to start. A television series could be another route. Although I doubt that would suit Mr. Snipes, and though he is no stranger to straight-to-DVD films, that would be a huge slap in the face of not only the character or the actor…but mostly to use fans! Blade is not a direct-to-DVD character.
There are many roads for Marvel and Wesley Snipes to travel in the hopes of bringing Blade back to the big screen. Ones that my small mind can’t translate to written word. In my honest opinion. I would LOVE a Blade 4 with Wesley Snipes. I would LOVE to see a Marvel Studios banner behind it, but it’s just not going to happen in this current Marvel Cinematic Universe. It hurts to say it, but, there is no place for Blade to be there. Someday soon, I hop, I can say, “I was wrong about that.”
Thats gonna do it for me. Hope I was coherent enough for you fine intellectuals! And if you feel like discussing this matter further (I hope you would) hit me up on Twitter @GonzoNeo. Thank you for your time.
So, until next time folks…peace out!