Just today, we got our first casting detail for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Blade film. It describes that the studio is looking to add a character named Ruby, a teenager described as “thoughtful, serious, and burdened by growing up in a complex world.” It’s a curious casting choice, especially with them trying to cast the character so early. It made our gears turn until we remembered a story that never made it into comic bookshelves. It may also bring back life to a rumor that has been around for quite a few years now. What if Ruby is Fallon Grey, Blade’s daughter?
If you are confused, don’t worry. This character is quite obscure. In 2015, Tim Seeley revealed that he is working on an all-new version of Blade. It would premiere his teenage daughter. In a now-deleted article, Seeley revealed that he had quit the book before it ever got published. So, the character only existed through some artwork and a cover. It became a rather popular theory for a future Marvel Studios film, especially when Wesley Snipes, who played the character in the 1998 original film, revealed he had talks with Marvel for over two years.
There is also the following quote by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige that also adds to the theories of her getting adapted in a future film adaptation:
I think Blade is a legacy character now, and I think it would be fun to do something with him one day.
So, there is a possibility that Ruby may end up being Fallon Grey. They could give her a new name and just carry over the concept of a high school girl finding out her father is a vampire hunter. As the character never officially debuts in the Marvel comics, they aren’t restricted in any way. Ruby could be a play on the color of blood and act as a tribute to the red rose design on Grey’s outfit. No matter what direction they go, it would be a unique way to make the MCU’s version of Blade take a unique angle.
Legacy characters will be at the center of various stories, such as WandaVision, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Hawkeye, and many more. At this point, Blade could add a unique twist while also allowing Ruby to be the audience’s surrogate into the world of vampires. It’s certainly going to be something to keep an eye out for before it enters production at the end of the year.