Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has killed off rumors suggesting producers are planning to reboot the Blade franchise in the near future.
Fans of the Marvel vampire movies were given fresh hope of a new sequel ever since Kate Beckinsale suggested plans for Blade 4 were afoot during a weekend appearance at New York Comic-Con, where she was promoting the latest Underworld film, Blood Wars.
Asked if there would ever be a crossover between the two blood-sucking franchises, the British actress said, “No. We had that idea. They’re busy. They’re doing something with Blade.”
Her comments sparked a flurry of speculation about Wesley Snipes‘ possible return as Blade, but studio executive Feige has since put the reports to rest.
“They did ask a long time ago (about a crossover) and I think our answer was, ‘No, we’ll do something with Blade at some point’,” he explained during a screening this week for new blockbuster Doctor Strange. “That’s still the answer.”
Feige admitted there are plenty of projects on which to stage a Blade comeback, but they have yet to make any decisions – and won’t be for some time, according to The Playlist.
He continued, “(Between) the movies, the Netflix shows, the ABC shows there are so many opportunities for the character to pop up as you’re now seeing with Ghost Rider on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that rather than team up with another studio on that character (for a movie), let’s do something on our own. What that is? Where that will be? We’ll see. There is nothing imminent to my knowledge.”
Snipes first starred as the half-human, half-vampire comic book character in 1998’s Blade, and reprised the role for Blade II in 2002 and Blade: Trinity in 2004.