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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    Marvel's first movie success | 0:11
    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 • 969

  • Looper
    Looper   4 months back

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

    • Pawan Chabukswar
      Pawan Chabukswar  3 months back

      Yes, MCU listened to the fans request , Its happening BLADE is coming back !!!!

    • Inside Da AquaHouse
      Inside Da AquaHouse  4 months back

      Lil uzi

    • Luke Dodge
      Luke Dodge  4 months back

      I hope so

    • Lenny Wright
      Lenny Wright  4 months back

      I don’t see why not.

    • Ethan Fletcher
      Ethan Fletcher  4 months 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.

  • sdq sdq
    sdq sdq  3 months back

    theres only one blade , thats wesley snipes

    • Arthur Cordova
      Arthur Cordova  3 months back

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

      • Inside Da AquaHouse
        Inside Da AquaHouse  4 months back

        Eternal atake

        • BIG DADDY OZONE
          BIG DADDY OZONE  4 months back

          I been saying this for years -

          • Ulrich Sanchez
            Ulrich Sanchez  4 months 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  4 months back

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

              • joe dollar
                joe dollar  4 months back

                BLADE VS MORBIUS

                • Choupetto
                  Choupetto  4 months 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  4 months back

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

                    • Todd Adams
                      Todd Adams  4 months back

                      I liked the blade trilogy

                      • Surf Surfing
                        Surf Surfing  4 months 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  4 months 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  4 months back

                            Blade vs Twilight.

                            • RariGold
                              RariGold  4 months back

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

                              • capria30
                                capria30  4 months back

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

                                • Xrayray 3D
                                  Xrayray 3D  4 months back

                                  Blade Trinity was the best one!!!

                                  • Carlos Arce
                                    Carlos Arce  4 months back

                                    The Crow was before Blade...

                                    • Not Human
                                      Not Human  4 months back

                                      Blade ruined Snipe's carrier.

                                      • Gameboy 80
                                        Gameboy 80  4 months 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  4 months back

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

                                          • DPM
                                            DPM  4 months back

                                            Blade Trinity was a joke, even Wesley Snipes agrees.

                                            • Tin 1978
                                              Tin 1978  4 months back

                                              Buying the trilogy on Vudu now!

                                              • ankit kumar
                                                ankit kumar  4 months back

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

                                                • Pete Stav
                                                  Pete Stav  4 months back

                                                  Original Blade still my #1 superhero movie...

                                                  • Mody Diakite
                                                    Mody Diakite  4 months 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  4 months back

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

                                                        • At Zero
                                                          At Zero  4 months back

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

                                                          • Gregg Galdo
                                                            Gregg Galdo  4 months 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  4 months 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  4 months back

                                                                I loved Blade. I miss Wesley Snipes action movies.

                                                                • Pedro Molina
                                                                  Pedro Molina  4 months back

                                                                  We deserve a Blade 4!!

                                                                  • Prince13az
                                                                    Prince13az  4 months 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  4 months 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  4 months 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  4 months back

                                                                          Blade is my favorite hero movie.

                                                                          • Lenny Wright
                                                                            Lenny Wright  4 months back

                                                                            Seems Blade’s success was a double edged sword.

                                                                            • Christian Justin
                                                                              Christian Justin  4 months back

                                                                              A Blade vs Punisher series or movie would ve dope

                                                                              • Christian Justin
                                                                                Christian Justin  4 months 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  4 months back

                                                                                  Blade 4 please. With snipes ✌

                                                                                  • jeFF Fury
                                                                                    jeFF Fury  4 months back

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

                                                                                    • Carlos Arevalo
                                                                                      Carlos Arevalo  4 months back

                                                                                      U stole this video u sumbags

                                                                                      • Alex Velasquez
                                                                                        Alex Velasquez  4 months back

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

                                                                                        • Ethan Fletcher
                                                                                          Ethan Fletcher  4 months back

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

                                                                                          • MrPukestick
                                                                                            MrPukestick  4 months back

                                                                                            All I can say is he is absolutely right.

                                                                                            • Green Wizard
                                                                                              Green Wizard  4 months back

                                                                                              [Everyone like that]

                                                                                              • Dennis Jensen
                                                                                                Dennis Jensen  4 months back

                                                                                                loved blade and still do was a awesome movie