Blade, the vampire hunter.

Blade II it’s an important movie. He proved that new comic book franchises could emerge and solidified the career of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. It also contributed to the popularity of vampires or, in this case, those who seek to destroy said beings. In 2002, we saw the return of Blade, the vampire hunter.

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It was in 1998 that the first part of this film was released, starring Wesley Snipes and that also solidified his career. It was also the first film of a character emanating from Marvel Comics that was successful. Before that, the publisher was famous for its ill-fated film productions. Blade’s success helped establish the superhero genre as something valid. This had more reach when it was released X Men in the year 2000 and spider-man in 2002, the same year that Blade II.

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It is worth mentioning that Blade was not a very famous hero of the publisher. In fact, he hasn’t had a full-length comic.

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(Blade’s first appearance)

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Real name Eric Cross Brooks, Blade debuted in The Tomb of Dracula #10, published on April 17, 1973, and was created by writer Marv Wolfman with artist Gene Colan.

Blade was originally a human immune to vampiric transformations. Some time later it was established that he was a hybrid of both species, a version that remained in the film. The protagonist of the comic was Dracula himself, while Blade is presented as a hunter who seeks to finish him off. So, technically, Blade is the “bad guy” of the comic.

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(Blade’s first appearance)

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Also known as the Daywalker, Blade was best known for his image in the 1990s, when he was part of Marvel’s “Midnight Sons” line of comics that included the two Ghost Riders and Morbius, who is not a vampire, but very similar to them.

The first Blade film was directed by Stephen Norrington, who did not return for the sequel, so Guillermo del Toro was hired. The story, like the first part, was by David S. Goyer.

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Del Toro had few productions and was quickly making his way in Hollywood. Until that moment, he had only directed Chronos (1993) and The Devil’s backbone (2001). The first was a Mexican film and the second, a co-production with Spain. His entry into American cinema was with mimic 1997 and gave him status as a cult director. Blade II It was his entry into the big leagues.

Blade benefited del Toro as much as del Toro benefited Blade, because if the first film had been well received, the sequel attracted all the spotlight.

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(Blade returns to finish off Dracula)

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Blade II It was the second time that del Toro worked with actor Ron Perlman (the first was in Chronos). Likewise, the director established himself within science fiction, horror and the supernatural, which have been constants in his career. Del Toro would leave Blade to venture with another comic character: Hellboy.

Blade II featured the return of Kris Kristofferson as Vampire Hunter’s mentor and technical support, Abraham Whistler. In addition, we see the participation of a very young Norman Reedus, who would achieve world fame with the series. The Walking Dead in which he gives life to Daryl Dixon. Reedus also appears in mimic.

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(Mimic movie poster)

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Del Toro, in addition to making an action and horror movie, uses the language of comics and anime, other characteristics in his productions. The Mexican knows the means and incorporates them in a subtle way.

For his part, Snipes took his interpretation very seriously and does not recreate a cartoonish character, of volume and dimensions; he also liked to do several of his action scenes. Wesley Snipes showed that making a comic project was not a reason to be sorry, as Chris Reeves had shown at the time in Superman or Michael Keaton in Batman.

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(Morbius, Blade and Johnny Blaze in Nightstalkers)

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Blade returned for a third and final part in 2004, which did not go very well; as well as a one-season television series in 2006 that consisted of 13 chapters.

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The rights to the franchise reverted to Marvel in 2012 and the character has remained quiet ever since. It was recently announced that the actor Mahershala Ali will be the one who gives life to the Vampire Hunter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we could already hear his voice in the final moments of the film. Eternalsof 2021.

Blade II turns 20; It had its premiere on March 22, 2002.

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