The MCU simply launched its first vampire due to She-Hulk episode 7, making it even stranger that Mahershala Ali’s Blade remains to be lacking.
Warning: This submit accommodates SPOILERS for She-Hulk episode 7!
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is lastly introducing vampires earlier than Blade due to She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, however it’s creating even larger questions on why Mahershala Ali’s Blade is lacking. Over three years after being introduced because the vampire hunter at San Diego Comic-Con, Mahershala Ali has but to make his correct MCU debut. Audiences had been shocked to listen to Blade’s voice in Eternals‘ post-credits scene and connecting Black Knight’s future to the vampire franchise. The voice cameo raised an enormous query about the place Blade has been within the MCU throughout Phase 4, which solely turns into extra sophisticated because the shared universe’s vampire teases develop.
It has been fairly a shock to see She-Hulk of all Phase 4 initiatives be one that’s so essential to arrange the presence of vampires within the MCU. The present used the point out of Mr. Immortal’s spouse to subtly introduce one vampire to the canon and the rising listing of random vampire mentions. However, She-Hulk episode 7 really featured a vampire character for the primary time. Emil Blosnky’s retreat featured a number of obscure Marvel characters, and considered one of them was a vampire named Saracen. Since audiences have solely ever heard Blade converse within the MCU, She-Hulk‘s Saracen turns into the primary vampire bodily featured within the franchise.
Saracen is certain to be the primary of many vampires that audiences are launched to within the MCU, however She-Hulk‘s enjoyable function for him solely reinforces the confusion round Blade’s whereabouts. Eternals‘ post-credits signifies that Blade is an energetic a part of the supernatural Marvel world in some style, so why has he not discovered an open vampire like Saracen? It might be a matter of Blade being primarily based within the UK and Saracen residing in America. There can also be an argument to be made that whereas Saracen doesn’t cover his vampirism, he isn’t well-known sufficient to come back onto Eric Brooks’ radar. He is on the identical retreat with Man-Bull, Porcupine, and El Eguila in spite of everything, so the concept Blade doesn’t even know Saracen exists is smart. However, it nonetheless is a bit irritating that he turns into the MCU’s first vampire on display screen whereas improvement on Blade slowly strikes ahead and faces difficulties.
Blade’s MCU Timeline Already Raises Big Questions
The truth of the matter is that Blade’s introduction to the MCU goes to create a variety of huge timeline questions. Mahershala Ali’s Eternals cameo confirms that he’s round within the current day of the MCU. However, there are particulars to counsel that Blade takes place prior to now and can discover the lengthy life Eric Brooks has lived as a vampire hunter. This might be an excellent strategy to free Blade from more complicated points in the timeline, but it surely additionally signifies that Marvel retroactively creates questions on why he has not been featured earlier than.
It has been teased within the MCU that supernatural creatures might be invisible to the bare human eye, as demonstrated by Doctor Strange’s varied mystical threats and Moon Knight preventing the jackal. Blade might equally function in an Earth-based realm that’s hidden from the view of regular people. Then once more, the vampire hunter’s missions doubtless haven’t had any crossover with the remainder of the MCU’s tales. That is beginning to change with She-Hulk: Attorney At Law and different initiatives introducing extra supernatural parts, however it is going to doubtless be as much as Blade to reply the most important timeline questions.
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