The film rights to the “Blade” franchise reverted back to Marvel Studios in 2013, and in the four years since there’s been no mention of plans to reintroduce the character into The MCU.
Out doing press for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” this week, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige offers a new update which indicates desire to utilise the character, but re-affirms that there’s no actual progress. He tells Arrow in the Head:
“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.”
Feige recently states that R-rated MCU movies weren’t “out of the question,” but obviously would not be released through the Disney Pictures label.