Canon

New Blade comics prove the MCU director’s reviews are correct


Blade MCU director Bassam Tariq has said that there is no real comic book canon for the character. Judging by recent Blade comics, he’s right.

Warning: Contains spoilers for Death of Doctor Strange: Blade # 1 and The Darkhold: Blade # 1!

Likely thanks to a new MCU adaptation on the horizon, Blade has experienced some kind of rebirth in Marvel comics. The vampiric superhero’s imminent return to the big screen has paved the way for some pretty cool new entries in the Blade comic book canon, like his membership in the Avengers, The Darkhold: Blade and more recently, Death of Doctor Strange: Blade # 1. Of course, this canon needs every new addition it can get, because as these latest comics prove, Blade is far more defined by the 1998 film than by Eric Brooks’ comic book story.

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Created in Tomb of Dracula # 10, Blade is the Daywalker – a pseudo-vampire determined to kill his undead parents. But while the character has a definite presence in pop culture, Marvel has spent most of its comedic history ignoring Blade, leaving him as one of the few comic book heroes with such a sparse history, in that his modern comics continue with the adaptation of Wesley Snipes for inspiration.

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Comic book cannon Blade, or its absence, has drawn criticism from Bassam Tariq, the director of the upcoming Marvel film. Blade movie. In an interview with The playlist podcast (Going through Gizmodo), Tariq explained that fans shouldn’t expect his film to have a strong connection to the comics because “the reality is that there is no Blade cannon … unfortunately the races have never lasted so long. ” For a character who has been in the comic book world for almost 50 years at this point, Blade should be able to claim a few notable epics to his name. Sadly, even the comics refer more to Blade’s presence in the movie than to his graphic novels.


The Darkhold: Blade # 1 – by Daniel Kibblesmith and Federico Sabbatini – may be a fun comic, but it’s also a love letter to Blade from 1998, with visuals and plot details reinterpreted in new ways. During this time, Death of Doctor Strange: Blade # 1 by Danny Lore and Dylan Burnett opens with a recreation of the famous and bloody rave scene from the film’s opening night. While this comic Is it that digging into Marvel’s vampire history, it’s actually a Doctor strange comic (where Blade teamed up with the Sorcerer Supreme) that runs the plot. Even Blade’s powers as a pseudo-vampire have been imported into the comics after proving popular in other media.


It’s not that none of these stories are bad – they aren’t, and Blade fans will certainly appreciate the references – but they speak from Tariq’s point of view that the Blade comics aren’t bad. failed to give the hero the same background that other superheroes enjoy in abundance. Blade at enjoyed adventures rich in lore, but they never lasted long enough to find mass readership and influence the way Blade is viewed in pop culture. Hopefully, Blade’s current rebirth can provide enough momentous moments for him to build a stronger foundation for the comedic lore, so that the future Blade the comics will be able to reference iconic comedic moments rather than remixing the movies.


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Source: The playlist podcast (Going through Gizmodo)


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