How Blade Changed Superhero Movies And No One Noticed

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  • Published: 23 June 2019
  • Not only was Blade a surprise hit for Marvel, its influence can still be found in some unexpected places. To honor that legacy, we're looking at how Blade changed superhero movies, even if you didn't always notice.

    Marvel characters have been hits on television since The Marvel Super Heroes cartoon debuted in 1966. But film success came much harder. The first feature based on a Marvel comic was the infamous 1986 flop Howard the Duck, and things somehow went downhill from there, with The Punisher and Captain America both turned into low budget disasters. It's enough to make any comic book fan sick.

    That changed in the 90's, though, thanks to Blade, which became a certified hit, earning over $70 million at the domestic box office. Marvel itself, however, saw very little benefit from this financial boom. Struggling to emerge from bankruptcy in the late 90's, Marvel only pocketed a measly $25,000 from Blade's success.

    But even that had a silver lining. After earning so little from Blade and other films like X-Men and Spider-Man, Marvel decided to make their own film production company in order to retain all the profits from their characters. The result was the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which may never have existed without Blade.

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    A writer's turning point | 1:09
    A new goth craze | 1:45
    Plucked from obscurity | 2:18
    Not just for kids anymore | 3:00
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Comments • 984

  • Looper
    Looper   3 weeks back

    Do you think we'll ever see Blade in the MCU?

    • Inside Da AquaHouse
      Inside Da AquaHouse  2 weeks back

      Lil uzi

    • Luke Dodge
      Luke Dodge  3 weeks back

      I hope so

    • Keep it Real
      Keep it Real  3 weeks back

      I hope so

    • Lenny Wright
      Lenny Wright  3 weeks back

      I don’t see why not.

    • Ethan Fletcher
      Ethan Fletcher  3 weeks back

      It's already in works...idk how accurate this one is but guess who turned blade into full Vamp? Guess..he will be in an upcoming spiderman movie as an enemy.

  • Arthur Cordova
    Arthur Cordova  5 days back

    "Muthahfuckahs always try'na ice skate up hill..."

    • Inside Da AquaHouse
      Inside Da AquaHouse  2 weeks back

      Eternal atake

      • BIG DADDY OZONE
        BIG DADDY OZONE  2 weeks back

        I been saying this for years -

        • Ulrich Sanchez
          Ulrich Sanchez  2 weeks back

          The classic punisher movie became a flop due to no pacing for the character and story, thus the "PG-13" shit... Not cool its not dark enough and has no philosophical meaning it didn't follow the source material, thus goes for the terrible hand-hand nor gun fight scenes. And Frank is a marine not a cop.

          • computablu
            computablu  2 weeks back

            Some asshole must really have a gripe with Wesley Snipes to deny fans another Blade movie.

            • Black Tony Stark
              Black Tony Stark  3 weeks back

              I noticed, and have been hoping for Wesley to give us one more Blade ride, but a great Blade movie.The opening club scene in Blade is still one of the greatest scene's in modern cinema.

              • joe dollar
                joe dollar  3 weeks back

                BLADE VS MORBIUS

                • Choupetto
                  Choupetto  3 weeks back

                  Normie #1 : Wait I thought Black Panther was the first black hero movie
                  Normie #2 : Hold on I thought Black Panther was the first MCU movie with a black lead

                  • Steven Barron
                    Steven Barron  3 weeks back

                    Well said well said and might have the first black superhero black panther come down

                    • Todd Adams
                      Todd Adams  3 weeks back

                      I liked the blade trilogy

                      • Surf Surfing
                        Surf Surfing  3 weeks back

                        Blade is more like a B-List guy.


                        Keep in mind, Black Panther was a C-list, due to not being utilized. He then went on to become perhaps the most popular current superhero.

                        • Luke Dodge
                          Luke Dodge  3 weeks back

                          Putting Blade and Deadpool together, with maybe a Spider-Man or Wolvie cameo, would blow the EF up. Dracula as the villain. C'mon son.

                          • Tohunga Uwishin
                            Tohunga Uwishin  3 weeks back

                            Blade vs Twilight.

                            • RariGold
                              RariGold  3 weeks back

                              Like I said before I still feel like people don't realize blade is a superhero movie

                              • capria30
                                capria30  3 weeks back

                                So, Ryan Reynolds is in most marvel movies! 😳😳😳🤔🤔🤔

                                • Xrayray 3D
                                  Xrayray 3D  3 weeks back

                                  Blade Trinity was the best one!!!

                                  • Carlos Arce
                                    Carlos Arce  3 weeks back

                                    The Crow was before Blade...

                                    • Keep it Real
                                      Keep it Real  3 weeks back

                                      Blade 2 was just as good

                                      • Keep it Real
                                        Keep it Real  3 weeks back

                                        Best ever marvel movie

                                        • Not Human
                                          Not Human  3 weeks back

                                          Blade ruined Snipe's carrier.

                                          • Gameboy 80
                                            Gameboy 80  3 weeks back

                                            I’ve been saying blade was a sleeper for a while now... Can we please get a new blade movie with Wesley Snipes

                                            • HywolfGaming
                                              HywolfGaming  3 weeks back

                                              are we not going to talk about how many super hero movies Ryan Reynolds has been in?

                                              • DPM
                                                DPM  3 weeks back

                                                Blade Trinity was a joke, even Wesley Snipes agrees.

                                                • Tin 1978
                                                  Tin 1978  3 weeks back

                                                  Buying the trilogy on Vudu now!

                                                  • ankit kumar
                                                    ankit kumar  3 weeks back

                                                    How everything Changed everything but only Loopers admin noticed we are dumb and imbecile to notice that.

                                                    • Pete Stav
                                                      Pete Stav  3 weeks back

                                                      Original Blade still my #1 superhero movie...

                                                      • Mody Diakite
                                                        Mody Diakite  3 weeks back

                                                        DC,s Static is best African American superhero ever in comics. better and more relatable and more realistic than blade and black panther.

                                                        • Beebo the mighty little bear

                                                          Kinda reaching on this one

                                                          • At Zero
                                                            At Zero  3 weeks back

                                                            Slow Motion Bullet Dodge anyone?... yup Blade First..

                                                            • At Zero
                                                              At Zero  3 weeks back

                                                              Goyer is Lord... you love him without knowing his name..

                                                              • Gregg Galdo
                                                                Gregg Galdo  3 weeks back

                                                                Still have my Blade action figures MIB.....love Blade....met Wesley Snipes at Comic Con....I hope Snipes comes back as "Blade"!!

                                                                • razberryclownsac
                                                                  razberryclownsac  3 weeks back

                                                                  “He even went on direct the third film in the franchise, Blade Trinity.”
                                                                  If I were him, I’d try to keep that on the down low.....

                                                                  • PrynKya
                                                                    PrynKya  3 weeks back

                                                                    I loved Blade. I miss Wesley Snipes action movies.

                                                                    • Pedro Molina
                                                                      Pedro Molina  3 weeks back

                                                                      We deserve a Blade 4!!

                                                                      • Prince13az
                                                                        Prince13az  3 weeks back

                                                                        You think our society is going to acknowledge a black man let alone a black man superhero that isn’t whitewashed? Really, this is shocking to you; how?

                                                                        • Taco Kisses
                                                                          Taco Kisses  3 weeks back

                                                                          What is this, the news told me that Black Panther was the only movie with black people in it ever.

                                                                          • Aleph F. Zero
                                                                            Aleph F. Zero  3 weeks back

                                                                            BLADE WAS ONLY A SUCCESS BECAUSE THET *HID* THE FACT THAT IS WAS BASED ON A COMIC BOOK.

                                                                            THATS RIGHT, I SAID THAT SHIT

                                                                            • bryan Hernandez
                                                                              bryan Hernandez  3 weeks back

                                                                              Blade is my favorite hero movie.

                                                                              • Lenny Wright
                                                                                Lenny Wright  3 weeks back

                                                                                Seems Blade’s success was a double edged sword.

                                                                                • Christian Justin
                                                                                  Christian Justin  3 weeks back

                                                                                  A Blade vs Punisher series or movie would ve dope

                                                                                  • Christian Justin
                                                                                    Christian Justin  3 weeks back

                                                                                    I dont think most people realized this was a comic hero movie I didnt find out till like 5 years after the 3rd one came out

                                                                                    • Guy D
                                                                                      Guy D  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Blade 4 please. With snipes ✌

                                                                                      • jeFF Fury
                                                                                        jeFF Fury  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Blade and Blade 2 were absolutely sic! Watched those over and over many times

                                                                                        • Carlos Arevalo
                                                                                          Carlos Arevalo  3 weeks back

                                                                                          U stole this video u sumbags

                                                                                          • Alex Velasquez
                                                                                            Alex Velasquez  3 weeks back

                                                                                            10000000times better that black panther propaganda film and who does not like it can go to hell

                                                                                            • Ethan Fletcher
                                                                                              Ethan Fletcher  3 weeks back

                                                                                              No one noticed...Blade was the pioneers for Marvel not Iron man.

                                                                                              • MrPukestick
                                                                                                MrPukestick  3 weeks back

                                                                                                All I can say is he is absolutely right.