At last year's Comic-Con, Marvel Studios announced that they had brought Frank Castle, a.k.a. the Punisher, "back under the roof" of the entertainment studio, and this year they have re-obtained the rights to Blade, the half-human, half-vampire character that originally appeared in Marvel Comics' The Tomb of Dracula #10 in July of 1973. The announcement came during a panel discussion with Marvel Studios' COO, and former Marvel Comics' Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, who revealed that "some kind of movement on bigger media projects" featuring Blade and the Punisher can be expected in the future, but not anytime soon. For now, Comic Book Resources reports, Quesada says Marvel Studios is concentrating on their "icon" characters and will later bring in more ethnically diverse characters.
"One of the things we have to deal with first are the icons. If we don't do those first, other characters regardless of race or ethnicity, will fail," said Quesada. Current Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso added: "I dream of the day that there will be a Luke Cage movie." more about a possible Blade 4 >>