Blade: Trinity – Is it as bad as everyone says it is?

In this episode of Marvel Revisited, we look back at the franchise-killing Blade: Trinity. Is it as bad as everyone says?

The 1998s Blade was the first superhero film to give audiences a look at the potential of bringing Marvel characters to the big screen. Wesley Snipes became iconic as the half-human, half-vampire Blade, with the film getting a sequel that was an even bigger hit and directed by a young Guillermo del Toro. For the third film, franchise writer David S. Goyer was given the opportunity to direct, and New Line Cinema chose to spin off the series by using the film to introduce two new characters, Jessica Biel’s Abigail Whistler and Ryan Reynolds’ Hannibal King, part of a vampire hunting team called Nightstalkers.

According to various reports, including co-star/standup icon Patton Oswalt, the shooting was a disaster. Wesley Snipes, perhaps rightly assuming that the franchise was being taken away from him, resented Blade’s reduced screen time and was uncooperative on set. He apparently disliked Ryan Reynolds, even referring to him as a “cracker,” and Snipes eventually sued New Line for allegedly infringing on his rights as a producer and reducing the character’s screen time without his approval. Director Goyer later called it one of the most professionally and personally difficult times of his life.

Ultimately, the film underperformed at the box office, grossing only $52 million domestically. Nightstalkers never got their spin-off movie, with Snipes unfortunately ending up in prison for many years due to a controversial tax evasion case. With the Blade reboot, now is a great time to look back at the original trilogy’s controversial and much-maligned finale, so we can determine if it’s as bad as everyone says. This episode of Marvel Revisited is written, narrated and edited by Kier Gomes.

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