View Full Version : Why isn't he a major Marvel hero yet?
10-01-2003, 02:23 PM
I don't get it. This guy is the feature of 2 (not one, but TWO) highly successful and acclaimed genre movies, with a third on the way and Marvel cannot translate this new cultural awareness of the character to the comic book version. Does Blade have some kind of curse? What other comic book superhero-character do you know of that lingers in obscurity in comicdom but has a better movie track record than either Superman or Batman? It's weird ... the concept's solid (Badass among vampires), look at Buffy or Angel. I guess most people prefer to watch it on movies/TV than read about in comic books. Alas ... http://www.comics2film.com/UBB/mcvamp.gif
10-02-2003, 11:41 AM
I read an interesting article about how Marvel has completely failed to capitalize on their movie successes, and Blade seems to fall neatly into this whole idea. Apparently the success of X-Men in 2000 did little for the sales of the X-titles because nothing new was offered and Marvel missed the boat entirely with Daredevil. Having Kevin Smith do the Bullseye mini was a smart move (Smith being somewhat of an icon in indie circles as well as his crossover success) but he just couldn't get that second issue into the hands of fans soon enough to capitalize on the movie. Same thing with the Spider-Man/Blackcat mini from last summer. Momentum on both series has completely stalled and the first issues of both are worthless. I've tried to sell them and there are so many copies left unsold at shops that no retailers want to buy them back. Both series are dead in the water.
The bottom line is marketing. In order to create a crossover success with Blade, Marvel would need to produce a quality comic and get it into the hands of the right people. What good is a comic if no one outside the relatively small comic book market knows it exists? I've heard that Marvel is trying to get their trades into gaming stores. This is a stroke of genius if they can accomplish it. Or maybe bundle a copy of Blade #1 of a new series with an updated version of the video game. There's still no guarantee that the comic would take off but at least they'd be exposing it to the right market.
09-27-2004, 07:18 PM
Yeah, I read an old Dr. Strange story arc where Strange, Blade, and a few others, (one of whom will appear in Trinity, if I'm not mistaken,) faced off against a severely empowered Dracula. It wa sone of the best Strange stories ever, and Blade was a big part of the reason why.
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10-03-2004, 04:59 PM
Guys - please help me here.
I love the films...i really like and have a lot of respect for the first, but i downright love the second.
The third, i want to like, its got jessica biel, ryan reynolds is funny and dracula should be cool (should be-but looks like he wont)
I need your help to get excited about it...is it gonna suck as bad as it looks it will?
It finished filming ages ago, there were arguments on set, they had extensive re shoots-its been ready for release for a year......it does not bode well for the daywalker....does it?
10-07-2004, 10:19 AM
I can offer you no solace, as I can't tell what a movie is like from the previews.
My advice: Go into the theater assuming it will suck. DON'T get excited over it.
When the movie is done, 1 of 3 things will happen:
It's a good movie, and it blows you away.
It's a lame movie, but it was still better than you expecdted.
It's a godawful movie, and it was only slightly less than you expected.
Anything worse than that, and you're on your own.
10-07-2004, 12:37 PM
Why is everyone so worried?? It's the same director, the same lead actor, and the same great formula that made the first two work. There has always been a slight comedic touch to the Blade films, and having Ryan Renolds cast as his "co-vampire hunter" ally, really works for me. Jessica Beil was put into this movie for the T&A' appeal, and she is smokin'. Tripple H is going to be a pretty cool, jacked up villian (bonus). The trailler has nothing wrong with it, I actually thought it looked great. As far as the re-shooting is concerned, I look at it optomistically, and feel it will smooth out any rough edges the film might have had. The changes to the ending are obviously due to the directors inabillity to get-a-long with Snipes. We all know by now, that Blade is going to be written out of this franchise, and that's O.K. He's had a great run and I'm sure part 3 will finish off this trillogy nicely.
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I'm probably replying to an old thread, but, bare with me here. I'm a N00B. Just joined.
I have the EXTENDED and UNEDITTED Version on DVD of BLADE TRINITY! I loved it. I admit though, the second movie was the best of them all, because 1 and 2 were extremely serious, and kept you glued to the screen. The 3rd on is also serious, however, with Ryan Reynolds in the movie, you HAVE TO, you just have to expect that there is gonna be some funny and hilarious moments throughout the movie. The female lead vampire actress, she's a horrible actress/actor, and they could have chosen someone else for that part. (That's my only gripe...). But, apart from that, the movie was superb.
New weapons, Whistler dies (dammit!!!), and Blade ultimately becomes the Ultimate Vampire hereon afterwards. One that can exist in the daylight, and who will in time, gain further power, strength, and immortality along the way. So, a 4th Blade...hopefully, with a new and different direction of the life of Blade and if Wesley won't play the lead in it, surely they'll choose another actor for the part...
*crosses fingers for a 4th Blade.....*...but, one can dream, I suppose...
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