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Marvel Theory Explains Dracula’s Death Sets Up Blade And MCU Vampires

By Mabel Judith Andrady
September 7,2021

Blade‘ could begin with Dracula’s death, resulting in a full-blown war between humans and vampires. As revealed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige at SDCC, MCU’s Blade will be played by Mahershala Ali. Following this, there have been numerous speculations about how Marvel will bring vampires into MCU’s filmography.

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ could unleash eldritch energy that spreads across the globe and creates vampires. The problem with that is that it would preclude Blade’s creation as a Daywalker. Rather, it would be more effective to reveal that vampires have been a part of the MCU for a long time.

Inflicting that they might have remained hidden for that period of time. An Easter egg in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, has Korg mention a three-pronged spear. He describes it as “not really useful unless you’re fighting off three vampires that were huddled together.” This description seems to support this theory of how Dracula’s death could set up Blade.

Blade, Dracula And Xarus

Originally, Taika Waititi intended this as a joking reference to his vampire film ‘What We Do In The Shadows’. However, this was meant to be from an in-universe point of view. Through this, it was a clear indication that vampires already exist in the MCU. What have the vampires been up to before now? As long as they’ve been in the MCU, they have a history, and it’s one worth exploring. Fortunately, Victor Gischler and Guiseppe Camuncoli’s Death of Dracula one-shot from 2010 provides a possible answer.

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Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula is not a myth but an actual historical figure in the world of Marvel comics. The unconquerable Wallachian prince might have reveled in bloodshed. However, his cruel ways sparked constant rebellions and uprising. Dracula was eventually defeated in battle in 1459, suffering severe injuries. He was taken to the Gypsies for healing but instead became a vampire. At some point in time, Dracula ascended to power. He was also regarded as the most powerful vampire of all time. Dracula waged an open war against humanity. But he soon realized that this was a risky course of action. Humans may be stronger, but even the deadliest vampires can be killed.

Dracula then decided that vampires should hide in the shadows. All this, while deceiving people into thinking they are just mythical creatures. He reasoned that it would keep vampires safe and leave humans vulnerable. Death of Dracula was a one-shot that changed everything.

Death of Dracula

It wasn’t long before human encroachment on vampire lands became an issue. Rapid population growth and mass migration forced the vampires to constantly flee. They did so in order to avoid being discovered and hunted. Xarus, Dracula’s son, decided that the old ways were no longer working. This encouraged him to conspire with other vampire clans to lead an uprising against Dracula.

Xarus flabbergasted Dracula by stabbing him in the chest with a wooden stake during a meeting of the vampire council. There was no way Dracula would have survived without the help of other council members. The members were known for secretly working with him in the background. It was Dracula’s death that signaled the beginning of Xarus’s reign. The young man immediately renounced the old ways. Following that, San Francisco was invaded.

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They could have purposefully kept their existence hidden from the world, just like in comics. However, this would leave humanity vulnerable and unprotected against their predatory ways for as long as possible. On one hand, there would be Dracula’s rule of law. Meanwhile, on the other, there would be a vampire hunter like Blade who fights in secret against an enemy. Neither Nick Fury nor the SHIELD was aware of this fight.

The events of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ make it easy to imagine a scenario in which the snap forces a regime change in the vampire nation. Firstly, if this was the case, Thanos would have halved the number of vampires. Secondly, he would’ve destabilized the different clans. Finally, this would possibly lead to the rise of new clan leaders.

Avengers: Endgame made all the difference

Blade, Thanos and Kree

In ‘Avengers: Endgame’, it was implied that the vampires’ food supply would have been disrupted. In addition, surviving humans traveled the world to congregate in the shells of cities. And then, after five years, everything would be back to normal. This is where the Hulk would have snapped the living beings back into existence. Naturally, this would have caused further political and social instability, resulting in even more mass migration. It’s not hard to imagine a scenario in which this secret group of vampires became dissatisfied with the old way of doing things as a result of the constant change.

Dracula’s Death would be a perfect fit for the MCU. If true, it would explain why vampires haven’t appeared in films before. The rise of Xarus would also dramatically increase the stakes. With a little imagination, it could even explain why the vampires didn’t become a threat until after ‘Avengers: Endgame’ was released. It’s not as difficult as many people think to introduce vampires and Blade into the MCU – you just have to pay attention to the comics themselves.


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