Marvel’s iconic supernatural hero Blade has faced off against a rogues’ gallery of vicious vampiric villains ever since his 1973 debut in “The Tomb of Dracula” comics. Now, with rumors swirling that Arkane Studios is developing a new Blade video game, fans are speculating which of his enemies could make compelling foes.
As a half-human, half-vampire “daywalker” on a constant mission to hunt the undead, Blade needs worthy adversaries who can challenge both his physical and mental prowess. His villains must pose a real danger not just to the supernatural hunter himself, but potentially to all of humankind if Blade fails to defeat them.
From an ancient blood god’s ruthless hunter, to a scientist turned bloodthirsty monster by his own formula gone wrong, here are 5 of the most lethal and complex Blade comic book villains that would be perfect for the next Blade game.
Blackout – The Vampire Created to Kill Blade
Very few vampiric foes can go toe-to-toe with Blade and survive, but the villain known as Blackout may be his most physically powerful and destructive enemy ever. Blackout was created by the first known vampire, the ancient blood god Set, solely to hunt down and destroy Blade.
With his jet black skin, glowing red eyes, and fangs capable of piercing even Blade’s armored costume, Blackout definitely has the vampire look down. But what makes him truly dangerous is that he also possesses immunity to all of Blade’s vampire-killing weapons and abilities. That forces Blade to battle Blackout strictly through martial arts and hand-to-hand combat prowess alone – a immense challenge even for him.
Seeing Blade clash blades against the stronger, seemingly unstoppable Blackout would give players an incredible challenge right out of the gate. As the ultimate vampire hunter, Blade will have to push both his physical abilities and his mind to the very limit if he hopes to overcome this enemy.
Deacon Frost – Obsessed With Becoming a Vampire God
While Blackout may be Blade’s physically strongest foe, the villain called Deacon Frost could prove to be his ultimate mental opponent. As one of the key enemies in Blade’s early days, Frost is obsessed with transcending his vampiric weaknesses and achieving true godhood. He views Blade’s humanity as the final component to unlocking that power for himself.
Deacon Frost matches Blade in intelligence and always seems one step ahead of the daywalker. He would have intricate plans-within-plans to achieve ultimate victory. Unlike Blackout’s blunt force, Frost would apply unrelenting mental pressure and psychological manipulation against Blade in order to beat him.
This chess-like battle of wits would give players an incredible mental challenge against this cold, methodical villain. They’d be forced to try to out-think Frost at every turn while simultaneously battling his undead minions and spells. Frost believes deeply in his own superiority and divine right to rule humans as cattle, so players could anticipate plenty of his scathing wit and mocking insults along the way too.
Lucas Cross – The Conflicted Monster
Many of Blade’s villains are defined almost solely by their vampiric bloodlust and cruelty. But Lucas Cross brings something different and more complex to the table – humanity. What makes Cross such a great character is the inner turmoil created by the conflict between his residual human consciousness and insatiable vampire hunger.
Cross was turned into a vampire by Blade’s sister. So while he immediately becomes an enemy that Blade must hunt, Cross has no inherent grudge against him and occasionally tries to overcome his darker nature. This creates opportunities for rich dialogue, internal struggle, and perhaps even key alliances at critical story moments.
Since so much of Blade’s own story centers around walking the line between human emotions and killer vampire instincts, Lucas Cross would essentially be a kind of dark reflection used to explore that concept even more deeply. And his inner conflict could potentially be used to manipulate both NPCs and the player themselves as they try to discern Cross’ true motives at any moment.
Morbius – Tragic Victim of His Own Bloodlust
Perhaps no other major Marvel villain encapsulates the cursed life of the vampire as tragically as does Morbius, the Living Vampire. Once an award-winning biochemist seeking to cure his own rare blood condition, Morbius attempted using vampire bat DNA and electroshock therapy on himself, transforming into a pseudo-vampire driven by an unending thirst for blood.
While he battles his unquenchable hunger pangs and bloodlust constantly in order to avoid killing innocents, Morbius would nonetheless view Blade’s human-vampire hybrid physiology as the potential key to finally curing his horrific condition. This could establish a tense alliance at times between them both – but Morbius always runs the risk of succumbing to his darkest urges at any moment despite his best efforts.
If included in Blade’s next video game battle, Morbius could add levels of both tragedy and temptation for Blade to confront his own hidden darker side. Morbius hates what he has become, but is helpless to fully control it, which generates great empathy in the player. So while Morbius could become an unexpected ally under the right conditions, he could snap and betray Blade at his most desperate, violent moment if players aren’t extremely careful.
Dracula – The King of Vampires Himself
Of course, no Blade video game would feel complete without an appearance by Dracula – Lord of the Vampires himself. As the most powerful vampire in existence, Dracula is an omnipresent background threat motivating Blade’s eternal mission to protect humanity from their influence. He could either appear himself or through a new host body across various storylines.
Dracula serves as the ultimate personification of evil and darkness against which Blade stands. He is the literal vampire king that all other enemies answer to or take orders from in some way or another. Fighting Dracula toe-to-toe should feel almost impossible, forcing Blade to match his combat skills against Dracula’s one thousand years of experience and occult magic mastery.
Game developers could also use Dracula’s presence as an opportunity to explore bits of secret vampire history that have been hidden for centuries, with likely clues for how Blade might finally finish his mission against them once and for all. Defeating Dracula likely won’t eradicate all vampires – but it will deliver a crushing blow to their race as a whole.
The Ultimate Challenge Awaits Blade
Blade’s burning mission to protect humanity from falling under vampiric control has put him in opposition with some genuinely terrifying enemies over the decades. But the existing rumors around a brand new Blade video game developed by Arkane Studios have fans buzzing with excitement over which villains will make the cut.
The opportunity exists here to combine relentless, devastating physical challenges like Blackout with psychological tactics from masterminds like Deacon Frost. They could explore complex themes of humanity through characters like Lucas Cross or Morbius. And the threat of Dracula himself lurking in the shadows elevates the level of danger for the entire storyline.
By blending all of these narrative concepts together across compelling enemy design and combat encounters, the new Blade game could become one of the deepest and most satisfying action titles fans have played in years. Which villains do you hope make the cut? Let the speculation begin!