Twenty years ago today, Marvel’s misfortunes at the box office were finally dusted by Blade. For decades, the only movies Marvel had to show off were failures like Howard the Duck, The Punisher, Captain America, and the Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie that didn’t even make it into theaters. Blade's box-office success changed everything for Marvel, and arguably helped pave the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe 10 years later.
As conceived by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, Blade was largely a supporting player within Marvel's comic book universe. Thanks to Wesley Snipes' performance, the general public finally perceived Blade as a leading man. Director Stephen Norrington and screenwriter David S. Goyer also gave Blade everything he needed to be a breakout hit, and it led to a successful trilogy of films.
To celebrate Blade's 20th anniversary, SYFY WIRE is looking back at the origins of the first movie, before moving on to Blade II and Blade Trinity. While the second film had future Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro in the director’s chair, Blade Trinity ultimately drove a wedge between Snipes and Goyer that may have prematurely ended the film series.
Also, we briefly look at Blade: The Series, a short-lived TV series that attempted to recapture the magic of Blade's first feature film. Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones took over the title role for television, but Snipes proved to be fairly irreplaceable. We also check in on Blade's current status within the comics, as well as the abandoned plans to give the Daywalker a teenage daughter to follow in his footsteps.