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New Theory Brings Blade In Doctor Strange: Multiverse Of Madness

By Abraham George
February 18,2022

The trailer for Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness dropped and huge speculations keep appearing every day. Marvel fans are keeping themselves busy as they pinpoint details from every frame of the trailer. The new trailer for Doctor Strange 2 was shown during Super Bowl LVI, and it had a big impact on the Marvel movie universe right away.

America Chavez shows off her powers in several new scenes, and Ultron sentries appear to be taking Dr. Strange to a court hearing. The trial scene appears to show Marvel’s Illuminati, a powerful group of characters who work behind the scenes.

Professor X, played by Patrick Stewart, seems to be one of them. But, the surprising fact that any fan could be revealing is that of a character that is making their way into the MCU in 2024. Apparently, this character had its vocal debut in a post-credit scene from Eternals.

You guessed it! It’s Blade.

Blade In The MCU Is Apparent

Mahershala Ali will be MCU's Blade

Mahershala Ali

Marvel said that Mahershala Ali would play Blade at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which is in 2019. Director Bassam Tariq has signed on to direct this new project, which has a script from a writer who worked on HBO’s Watchmen. There is still a long way to go before Ali’s Blade movie comes out.

Blade, a half-human, half-vampire daywalker, was played by Wesley Snipes back in 2000. Ali makes a voice cameo in a post-credits scene for the Eternals. Before Dane Whitman touches the Ebony Blade, he asks him if he’s ready.

The film rights to Blade returned to Marvel back in 2013, and since then the studio has openly discussed the idea of doing something with the character. But according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, they knew the time had come when Mahershala Ali contacted them and asked to play Blade.

Interestingly, though, in an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Feige suggested that the timing was pretty opportune – because he believed Blade could spring out of Doctor Strange 2.

Blade is a character that is much integral to the plot of the MCU. With the introduction of street level characters like Moon Knight and the Werewolf by Night series that are coming to Disney+, it is very apparent that one man to take the missions along with them is Blade.

Beat fire with fire is a phrase that Marvel wants to use in the next Phase. Blade being a vampire to take down a vampire would be a crazy sight. Blade wouldn’t have been a major character to be introduced into the MCU as a movie sub-franchise, if it wasn’t for Wesley Snipes. His portrayal made it a cult-like character.

Blade In Doctor Strange 2?

Blade

Mahershala Ali as Blade, fan art

Some fans think they’ve seen Blade in the trailer for Doctor Strange 2. It all comes down to Stephen Strange’s court case. During the trial, Marvel’s Illuminati, which includes Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, is revealed as a MacGuffin.

However, other members of the mysterious group are a little hard to see in the background. Twitter users have noticed that one character in the scene looks like they have a sword, which could be a sign that Blade will show up. After all, Blade is the MCU’s daywalker with a sword.

Now that Blade has been in the MCU in a hinted manner, Marvel could bring him in at any time. A sword is a sign of his entry. Even more interesting, Blade wasn’t a member of Marvel’s Illuminati when the comics first came out. Making him a member of a possible Illuminati council would be a great thing for the MCU.

If Blade shows up in Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness, it could mean a lot. We may see him join the Doctor Strange that survives at the movie to form the Midnight Sons. Though, we aren’t clearly sure of the Charles Xavier group being the Illuminati “officially”.

Mahershala Ali may not even be the Blade in Doctor Strange 2, which we’re going to explain as to why. With the Multiverse at its heart, this may not even be the case. Rather, Wesley Snipes’s version of the character could show up in the movie instead.

Why It Isn’t Blade

The Illuminati

The Illuminati

For obvious reasons, the Illuminati have not been introduced into the MCU. The movie is all about the MCU. We see Doctor Strange travel the multiverse with Chavez. Doctor Strange is caught by Ultron Sentries into a very formal and classy organization. Then, there’s Charles Xavier.

Do you get what I’m trying to say? No? It can’t be the MCU. Connect the dots.

We haven’t been formally introduced to Blade yet. And with Doctor Strange traversing the multiverse, he ends up being caught by Sentries. Iron Man is dead. No one is potentially capable to be building such complex sentries; than Tony Stark. This, being fact, one, is that we are in a different timeline.

The Iron Legion Captures Strange

The Iron Legion Captures Strange

Don’t think just because you saw Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo here means that its the MCU. We have seen enough examples of doppelganger variants. Loki had president Loki; Doctor Strange had three variants having identical looks.

And the apparent being Charles Xavier. We haven’t seen a formal introduction to the X-Men. Marvel just wouldn’t bring him up like this for a few frames. Patrick Stewart’s roles are very limited to be in this movie, and his role might end there in a fortunate or unfortunate way (since Wanda’s seen attacking the organization, who knows what might be of them all).

Why We Feel Blade Needs To Play A Role Here

Chthon

Chthon

Frankly, a better approach would be for Doctor Strange 2 to be the origin story of the MCU’s vampire race. In the comics, vampires were brought into the world by a cult called the Dark Holders, who served as an extra-dimensional entity named Chthon.

They used a book of forbidden knowledge called the Darkhold to weave an enchantment that turned one of their own, Vernae, into the first vampire. Doctor Strange 2 has the intriguing title of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and in the MCU, the word Multiverse denotes other planes of reality, such as the Dark Dimension or the Quantum Realm, as well as alternate timelines.

It’s not difficult to imagine a scenario where a cult attempts to bring Chthon to Earth, and thus create the first vampire in this modern setting.

In truth, it shouldn’t really be a surprise that Marvel is closer to introducing Blade than they are to setting up mutants and the X-Men. Marvel was very much interested in rebooting the property.

A Blade Reboot Was In The Making

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes

In fact, back in 2016, Kate Beckinsale revealed that Marvel turned down the idea of a Blade-style Underworld crossover because they had plans for the vampire hunter. Last year, former Blade star Wesley Snipes told excited fans that his people had been discussing future projects with Marvel for two years, and that the studio was down to two separate Blade ideas, either of which could be developed.

Those plans were presumably accelerated earlier this year, when Mahershala Ali approached Marvel. Ali won an Academy Award for Green Book, and Marvel recast the role, jumping at the chance to have him join the MCU as a franchise lead.

We clearly can’t say who that silhouette was, but it would have been Mordo in our books. The long hairstyle and the costume we saw before the trial gives it away. Mordo was seen assisting Xavier is more leaked pre-visualizations in early 2021. This would mean that in this timeline, Mordo is an aide to Xavier than a Doctor Strange.

Let the theories unfold until the truthsees the light on May 6th, when Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness releases in theatres.

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