Doctor Strange 2 opened a can of worms in a precise manner. One cannot just overlook the hype it bagged and the number of speculations woven around it. It opened up the multiverse to many potentials, but Marvel may have teased a future Blade villain in a subtle way. Blade rejuvenated Marvel and saved the franchise from bankruptcy ten years before the MCU arrived with Iron Man. Blade became the first successful Marvel adaptation, starring Wesley Snipes as the half-human, half-vampire anti-hero.
For a modern generation, Mahershala Ali has taken on the role of Blade, reinventing the character for the MCU timeline. The Blade has faced a variety of villains, but his main adversaries have been vampires. There were several Easter eggs in Doctor Strange 2, but viewers may have missed a subtle reference to a future Blade villain.
Doctor Strange 2 hints at Blade Villain
Doctor Strange (Earth-616) explored the multiverse in search of the Book of Vishanti with the assistance of America Chavez’s abilities. The tremendous book was virtually the polar opposite of Wanda Maximoff’s Darkhold. Unfortunately, Wanda burned the magical book when Strange finally arrived. While the seeming MacGuffin may have been used to deceive viewers, Marvel might have hinted at a future Blade villain, and studying the origins of the Book of Vishanti is key to making the correlation.
The initial spells in The Book of Vishanti were written by the first Sorcerer Supreme, Agamotto, according to the comics. Varnae, a sorcerer who lived long ago and was a resident of Atlantis before it sunk beneath the water, was the first recorded owner of the book. It turned out Varnae, was a devotee of the ancient demon Chthon, the Darkhold’s creator. Varnae then became the world’s first vampire. This blood-sucking monster infected many other humans across the planet, resulting in the birth of additional vampires like himself. It would be fascinating to see an MCU Blade film based on Varnae’s origin tale.
In the case of vampires, it won’t matter if The Book of Vishanti is addressed or not in a Doctor Strange 3 film. The fact that the book exists adds to the MCU’s vampire genesis story, and the book’s destruction in Multiverse of Madness doesn’t affect that. Doctor Strange 2 provided just enough preparation for the MCU to introduce Blade to the deadliest vampire menace in the future.