When Wesley Snipes mentioned his interest in returning to helm a new Blade movie, we got excited.
Wesley Snipes said he was was ready and so were we.
When it comes to another BLADE, there’s always a possibility. ?#SharpeningMyTeeth
— Wesley Snipes (@wesleysnipes) May 24, 2016
Given that we are fans of the Blade movies, the Blade comics, and Wesley Snipes we didn’t just join the chorus of fans who retweeted, blogged, liked, or shared our excitement; we decided to pool our creative talents, and take our fandom to another level. Wondering what a new Blade movie should look like, we put our heads together and wrote an overview of what the next Blade film should the powers that be decide to move forward and hopefully follow our blueprint.
Our creative process/idea(s):
When considering what a new Blade film would look like, we had two main challenges:
- How to keep Wesley Snipes cast as Blade without looking for a younger replacement
- How to bring this franchise into the current Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) without ignoring the first 3 films
What we came up with is a scenario that adds an older Blade in the current MCU timeline, tying in the previous films, while introducing some new and interesting story lines from the comics. Below is our plan for the next Blade movie would look like.
Title: Blade – Bloodlines
Tagline: No blade stays sharp on it’s own
Logline: Older and wandering the world without a cause, Blade finds purpose when an ancient order and S.H.I.E.L.D. enlist his aid to battle a new threat. Fighting alongside his new team, the danger becomes personal as ghosts of the past manifest themselves in an unexpected enemy: His daughter.
Overview: Older, weary, and without purpose, Blade has wandered the world for over two decades, dispatching what he believes to be the last remnants of the vampire council. After an unusually difficult battle with a small nest of vampires in Tibet, Blade is rendered aid by the ancient Order of Rosicrucians. In exchange for shelter and a place to call home, the Rosicrucians ask him to help train their inexperienced priests. Blade settles into a restless existence haunted by nightmarish premonitions. Not long after, he receives an enigmatic letter stating that the answers to his unease lies in New York. Blade immediately leaves for America and while searching for answers, he’s ambushed by vampires that won’t die as normal. Blade is overwhelmed and nearly defeated when Agents from S.H.I.E.L.D. come to his aid and defeat the menace.
Blade awakens restrained sometime later in a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility to find himself greeted by Director Coulson and Agent May, who brief him on the threat. They reveal that these proto-vampires are in fact, failed Hydra experiments. They also reveal that they recovered survivors from Hydra’s attempt to make Daywalkers like himself. These survivors are a group of teens that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been training under the guidance of Agent May to one day take the fight to Hydra and their mysterious allies. They ask Blade to help them finish the group’s training. Blade refuses until Coulson reveals that one of the teens is Hannibal King’s daughter. He also informs him that the suspected top vampire’s lieutenant is his daughter, Fallon Grey. Blade agrees to train the team in exchange for more information on his daughter.
After weeks of training and growing pains, the team still hasn’t come together and their carelessness results in the S.H.I.E.L.D base being overrun and destroyed by a team led by Fallon. Blade is severely wounded in the battle saving King’s daughter. In response, the teens opt to take on an unauthorized mission to capture Fallon. They fail and are captured. Blade and Agent May attempt a rescue mission, only to be captured as well. Blade is tortured by Fallon, who blames her choices on his absence, but eventually comes around and helps her father escape. Together they rescue May and the teens and almost get away until they are cornered by a very powerful vampire, one of the Sons of Lilith. A battle to the death begins and when it seems like all hope is lost, Fallon manages to deliver the killing blow defeating the enemy. The survivors are rescued by S.H.I.E.L.D. Sometime later, Agent Coulson and Blade strike a deal allowing Fallon to be supervised by the Order of Rosicrucians, avoiding permanent detention by S.H.I.E.L.D. In exchange for Fallon’s freedom, Blade agreed to stay on with S.H.I.E.L.D. to build a better team codenamed: Nightstalkers. The film ends with Coulson handing Blade a copy of the book of Lilith and the directive to find out what it means, and to stop at all costs whatever is behind this new threat.
Following Whistler’s death, and what he believed to be the demise of the council of vampires, Blade wandered Europe and Asia without purpose for years, killing vampires where he found them, but calling no place home. While fighting a small nest of vampire’s in the mountains’ of Tibet, Blade found himself uncharacteristically overwhelmed when a priest who had been following him came to his aid. The priest was a member of an ancient Order of Rosicrucians and offered Blade sanctuary and a safe place to lay down his sword; under the condition that he helped train some of the younger priests, and just maybe, join them on a mission every now and again. The priest also promised him access to cutting edge technology that he could use to improve upon his serum. Aging, and without family or friends, Blade reluctantly accepted the offer.
With the power vacuum resulting from the events of New York and Strakovia, and the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. the Rosicrucian Order was being called on to fight threats that were thought long passed. The things that go bump in the night were becoming a problem again, simply because there were fewer people around to keep the lights on. Knowing this, Blade settled into life at the secret monastery; his daily routine consisting of personal training, teaching, and meditation. However, his nights were restless, filled with horrific dreams of the past and terrible images of people and places he did not know. One day blade received a letter at the monastery with no return address. The letter stated that the answer to his dreams lies in New York. The ink on the letter fades as he finishes reading. Blade grabs his sword and heads for New York, much to the chagrin of the Order.
When Blade arrives back in New York, he immediately begins gathering information. After a few days of kicking in doors and knocking heads together for answers, he get’s ambushed by what appears to be vampires. But when he uses his UV light on one of the vampires, it doesn’t burn. Blade stakes another one through the heart, but it doesn’t die. Blade finds himself outnumbered and severely wounded due to the prolonged fight. Before the final blow is struck, a small heavily armed tactical unit converge on the scene, and dispatch the pseudo vampires by first incapacitating their bodies, and then removing their heads. Blade is sedated and taken into custody. He wakes up bandaged and restrained. A man comes in the room and questions him. Blade doesn’t respond, he just stares at the two-way glass in the interrogation room. Finally, Phil Coulson enters the room with Agent May at his side. Phil takes off the cuffs and explains that a lot of strange things have come out of the wood-work since the battle of New York, and what he fought was one of them. A new breed of vampire is their best guess to what it is. They haven’t had much luck studying them due to their short life cycles and the only way they know to kill them is to cut off their heads. Blade asks about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s plan, to which Coulson answers by showing him three teenage vampire hybrids. These teens are all like Blade, infected with the vampire virus in utero. Coulson explains that S.H.I.E.L.D. has many arms and that while fighting vampires isn’t a specialty, it never hurts to have a gun in your boot.
Coulson explains that the teens were an experiment conducted by Hydra, a way to attain the immortality of vampire’s without the side effects. Unlike the failed experiments that they fought earlier, these kids are the real deal, fully functioning Daywalkers. S.H.I.E.L.D. found the kids in a Hydra base they infiltrated, along with information referencing a pact with an unnamed vampire. He noted that Agent May has been overseeing their training, but she’s not fully equipped to handle them, despite her many talents. The kids are essentially too valuable to kill, and too dangerous to let out into the world on their own. Blade takes a long look at one of the kids, Coulson notices. Coulson asks Blade to work with the teens, teach them what it’s like to live in both worlds. Blade declines. Before he’s able to leave, Coulson tells him that the girls name is Isabella King, daughter of the late Hannibal King. Coulson also tells Blade that there’s a rumor that the vampire in charge’s top lieutenant is his daughter, Fallon. Blade agrees to train them under the condition that Coulson give him everything he has on his daughter. Coulson agrees, under the condition that he report directly to Agent May.
Blade spends time training the team, both in how to fight and hunt vampires, but also on how to manage the thirst. Agent May oversees the process from a distance. There’s a lot of tension between the teens and Blade. They don’t trust him and they resent him. Due to some judgment errors on the part of the teens during an off-site training mission, the S.H.I.E.L.D. base gets compromised, a lot of agents die and Blade is seriously injured protecting Isabella. Blade locks swords with Fallon who is leading the assault on the base. While recovering, Blade bonds with Isabella over the memories of her father, whom she never knew. Blade also connects with Agent May over her loss. Having watched Blade in action, the teens find a new respect for him and Isabella rallies them to stand behind Blade.
The teens secretly plan a mission to capture Fallon. Agent May finds out and takes off with Blade to stop the teens from getting themselves killed. Blade and Agent May track the teens to an underground catacombs where the teens had been captured and held out as bait. Blade and Agent May walk into a trap spearheaded by Fallon. Blade and Agent May are captured. May is interrogated and Blade is tortured by Fallon. During that time Blade learns more about her. In addition, she realizes that she wasn’t abandoned by her father, who did not know she existed until recently, but rather the vampires killed her mother, and were using her as a weapon. Soon after, Fallon frees him and Agent May. Before they can make their escape the head vampire, one of the Son’s of Lilith, arrives.
Blade tells everyone to leave, but no one listens, and they all fight the head vampire as a team. After a protracted battle, Fallon severs the head vampire’s neck from his shoulders. Following the ordeal, the team returns to the destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D. base where they are met by Coulson who wants to take Fallon into custody. Blade objects. Fallon agrees to provide S.H.I.E.L.D. with all of the intel she has on Hydra. Blade calls upon the Order of Rosicrucians to serve as her guardians for a time. Coulson agrees to the deal and asks Blade to stay on and lead the new team. When he agrees, Coulson gives them a new assignment. He hands Blade a ancient copy of the book of Lilith. Blade asks, “What do I call this team,” to which Isabelle responds, “Nightstalkers.” Roll credits.
After Credits Scene One:
As the team is preparing to head out for their new assignment, Doctor Strange appears in astral form. He tells Blade that he’s pleased that he received the Ancient One’s message and that he’s assembled the team. Strange tells Blade that there is more to fear than Hydra and vampires, and that this is just the beginning of what’s coming. He tells Blade and the team to meet him at a specific set of coordinates, because they have work to do.
After Credits Scene Two:
Blade visits the ruins of his old hideout. As he sifts through the mangled remains, a familiar voice greats him. Blade responds. “Do you ever die old man?”
Where could this story go?
By using a variation of the Nightstalkers’ story line to reintroduce Blade, we’ve opened the door to tie in characters like Ghost Rider, Punisher, Daredevil, Lilith and tell the story of the creation of the Nine.
Next are our some casting choices for Blade Bloodlines:
So, these are just some of our thoughts. Let us know what you think in the comments, or on social media. If you like what we’ve done, definitely share it!