It seems like every few months, Marvel reminds us all that they still might include vampire hunter Blade in a future Phase or two. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige seems particularly into the idea, and recently said, yet again, that he really wants to get Blade into the MCU — and gave a very good reason for why he likes the character so much.

While speaking to Joblo about the future of the Marvel universe, Feige reiterated his desire to see Blade join it at some point.

We think it would be cool. Someday. My tenure at Marvel started 17 years ago, and there were two things that sort of launched the modern era. One was X-Men, which was the first thing that people said, “Oh, there’s life here.” But a few years before that, there was Blade. A character nobody had heard of at all, had only appeared in a few issues of Tomb of Dracula or something, turned into a big franchise. That was always a great lesson for me, where you go, “It doesn’t matter how well known the character is, it matters how cool the movie is.” Which, many years later, would be the reason we do Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange. I think Blade is a legacy character now, and I think it would be fun to do something with him one day.

In essence, this is another one of those nothing statements that Marvel execs are so good at, but he makes a great point about the character’s legacy. Blade was never on the level of Superman, or Batman, or Spider-Man, and yet a whole franchise was built around him in the ’90s. That’s probably partly because of Wesley Snipes’ bulletproof cool factor, but also because Blade spoke to people, and helped usher in a new era of superhero movies. We wouldn’t have an MCU without that silver bullet-toting daywalker, and don’t you forget it. Feige sure hasn’t.

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