Given The Reel World’s past exploration of Spider-Man and its more current exploration of Blade, it seemed fitting to briefly take a look at the one time the characters crossed paths on the small screen. Here are by far the seven most notable things that happened in these two episodes. Welcome to the retconned first edition of Marvelous Animation!
1. Blade has a motherfucking lightsaber.
Why bury the lede on this one. Blade the vampire hunter fucking hunts vampire with a goddamn lightsaber in this show. The crossover possibilities given that Disney now owns Star Wars AND Blade are just too awesome to even comprehend.
2. Blade can manhandle Spider-Man.
Blade very much can handle his own physically with the best of the best superheroes. He’s basically the perfect combination of supernatural strength and ability while still being clearly vulnerable enough that death is a possibility. He would be a worthy foe of any of the Marvel superheroes in a one-shot film or something.
3. Whistler is much younger and in much better shape.
While Whistler was invented for the purposes of this two-episode story, he only vaguely resembles the Kris Kristofferson version of Whistler we all know and love. Here he is younger and not greyed in the slightest. He does have the limp though, but he looks like he could still handle himself in a fight that did not involve guns.
4. Blade is far more indignant
While Blade was never the most cerebral of heroes in superhero movies, he did always seem like a rational adult. Even his cruelty and uncompromising nature felt appropriate given the context of the ever-present possibility of a human annihilation at the hands of the vampires. In Spider-Man though, he just comes across as fucking extra all the time. It gets grating awfully quickly.
5. Blade and Whistler have a much more contentious relationship
The Blade/Whistler team in the films always felt like a true partnership. They had much different strengths, yes, but they always seemed to function as a unit. Here, Blade is far more subservient to Whistler, while he also comes across much more as a petulant child at times. It’s a far less inviting dynamic than what we saw Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson develop in the films.
6. Spider-Man called Blade a “fruitcake” for some reason
Stop being a hypermasculine homophobe, Phil Spiderman.
7. Blade is still the king of one-liners.
While the Blade here never reaches the heights of “Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice skate uphill,” he does manage to pull off a gem towards the end. A detective tries to defend Peter Parker to Blade by informing him that he’s cool because he knows Spider-Man. Blade responds appropriately: “Knowing Spider-Man does not make him cool.”