Blade is more than just a vampire-slaying franchise. It’s a thrilling journey through darkness, redemption, and action. It’s also one of the first successful movies based on a Marvel comics character, as everybody loved Wesley Snipes’ portrayal of a hardened vampire-slayer and different take on superhero movies. So far, the ‘Blade’ franchise consists of three movies and a single season of TV show. Let’s see how to watch them in order.
Editor’s Note: This watch order was updated on October 2023 and encompasses all movies featuring Blade released so far, including the upcoming movies that are going to be released as a part of the MCU.
All ‘Blade’ movies & TV Show in release date order
The first movie was released back in 1998, and it was a massive success. Over the course of six years, two additional installments have been released. They did, however, fail to emulate the success of the first movie. The series, following the events of the third movie, was released in 2006, featuring 13 episodes, but was met with mixed reviews, primarily due to the absence of Wesley Snipes in the main role.
- ‘Blade‘ (1998)
- ‘Blade II‘ (2002)
- ‘Blade: Trinity‘ (2004)
- ‘Blade: The Series’ (2006) – 13 Episodes
Are all ‘Blade’ movies connected? What’s the best way to watch them?
All three ‘Blade’ movies and a TV show are connected and form one straightforward continuity. They all feature the character Eric Brooks, also known as Blade, and more or less the same cast of supporting characters. Keep in mind, however, that while Wesley Snipes played the character in the movies, in the TV show, the titular role went to Kirk “Sticky” Jones, otherwise known as Sticky Fingaz.
The first movie introduces us to Eric and what his struggle is all about, and the second movie sees him forming an uneasy alliance with vampires to go up against a new, far more terrifying threat in the form of “Reapers.” The third movie is the culmination of Blade’s journey as he goes up against Dracula. In the TV show, Blade finally deals with the threat of “Purebloods” while keeping turned vampires on their own. The best way to watch all ‘Blade’ movies is in their release date order.
‘Blade’ movies in chronological order
‘Blade’ franchise doesn’t deviate from the main timeline, with the exception of a few flashbacks, and the chronology looks like this.
1. ‘Blade‘ (1998)
Blade is a vampire-human hybrid with superhuman strength and abilities. He is on a mission to eradicate vampires after his mother was bitten by a vampire while pregnant with him, which is responsible for Blade’s “unique” abilities.
He teams up with his mentor and weaponsmith, Whistler, and he wages a one-man war against the vampire underworld. The main villain of the first movie is Deacon Frost, a vampire with ambitions to conquer humanity and vampires alike. Frost seeks to perform a ritual that will grant him unimaginable power and make him immune to sunlight.
Blade discovers Frost’s plan and must stop him before it’s too late. Along the way, he encounters Karen Jenson, a hematologist who becomes involved in the conflict.
2. ‘Blade II’ (2002)
‘Blade II’ takes place after the events of the first movie. While Frost has been dealt with, a new threat emerges in the form of “Reapers” a new breed of vampires that feed on both humans and vampires. Blade is forced into an alliance with the vampire elite, the Bloodpack, to battle against this common enemy.
The Bloodpack is led by Blade’s former mentor-turned-vampire, Whistler. The Bloodpack includes skilled vampire warriors, and they will need to learn how to work with Blade, who was, until five minutes ago, their sworn enemy
3. ‘Blade: Trinity‘ (2004)
The third and final installment of the franchise once again follows the events of the second movie. The story takes a new turn as Blade finds himself hunted by the FBI after being framed for the murder of a human. During this time, a group of vampires led by Danica Talos resurrected the legendary vampire Dracula, also known as Drake.
Blade’s situation becomes worse when he is captured by the FBI but is eventually rescued by a group of vampire hunters known as the Nightstalkers. The Nightstalkers, led by Hannibal King and Abigail Whistler (Whistler’s daughter), seek Blade’s help to take down both Dracula and Danica Talos.
4. ‘Blade The Series’ (2006)
Soldier Krista Starr discovers her twin brother Zack’s mysterious death was orchestrated by Marcus Van Sciver, a powerful vampire. Injected with Marcus’s blood, Krista is turned into a vampire but is offered a chance at vengeance by Blade, who provides her with a serum to control her instincts. Together, they uncover Marcus’s plans, leading to a final confrontation and the unleashing of a virus targeting the ruling vampire class.
Where to watch the above-mentioned movies?
All three movies in ‘Blade’ franchise can either be streamed on Max or rented from Apple TV. You can also purchase the movies on Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Play store. ‘Blade: The Series’ is available for purchase on Apple TV.
Will there be more movies featuring Blade?
The future looks bright for Blade as far as the MCU goes since there have been plans as early as 2013 to reboot the character and merge him with the ever-growing cinematic universe that Marvel has going on. Mahershala Ali is expected to take on the role of Blade, and he already technically has a cameo in the MCU as his voice can be heard in ‘Eternals.’ The movie was supposed to be released in 2023, but due to the production hell and the strikes that the movie found itself in, it was delayed to 2024 and then delayed again to be released presumably sometime in 2025.
As far as the original ‘Blade’ storyline goes, there were plans to make a crossover movie that would include characters from the ‘Underworld’ franchise, but they fell through, MCU is our only hope.
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