The rise of comic book movies today often dates back to the success of Sam Raimi. Spiderman and the first X Men film in the early 2000s. However, the first Sword The movie, starring Wesley Snipes as the vampire hunter, came out in 1998, and that movie was so successful it spawned a couple of sequels. While it wasn’t always recognized as one of the early Marvel movies, Blade became a more popular character thanks to the success of the movies. They also made Snipes a bigger star, which makes it somewhat shocking to know that people didn’t want him to take the job.