So, here's what happened: Kate Beckinsale appeared at the NYCC over the weekend, and - while participating in a fan Q&A - was asked whether or not there was any chance of her long-running Underworld franchise crossing over with Marvel's Blade franchise (side note: just imagine the leather trenchcoat budget on such a film).
According to The Playlist, Beckinsale replied:
“No. We had that idea. No… They’re busy. They’re doing something with Blade.”
As you might expect, this set tongues wagging in the Blade fan world. As you might also expect, it turns out that Kate Beckinsale was just speaking casually, and doesn't have any real insider knowledge about the goings-on at the MCU. The Playlist confirmed as much in an exclusive chat with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who had this to say in response:
"(The Underworld team) did ask a long time ago and I think our answer was, ‘No, we’ll do something with ‘Blade’ at some point.’ That’s still the answer. We still think he’s a great character. He’s a really fun character. We think this movie going into a different side of the universe would have the potential to have him pop up, but between the movies, the Netflix shows, the ABC shows there are so many opportunities for the character to pop up as you’re now seeing with Ghost Rider on AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D. that rather than team up with another studio on that character let’s do something on our own. What that is? Where that will be? We’ll see. There is nothing imminent to my knowledge.”
And there you have it, Blade fans: there's "nothing imminent" happening with Wesley Snipes' iconic character at the moment, but that isn't to say that something might not happen at some point in the future (and it definitely isn't to say that Blade might not pop up on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., a la Ghost Rider; personally speaking, I think Blade deserves better).
Please remain calm and await further Blade updates as they roll in.