The Marvel universe is one of the most popular franchises going right now and with many more in the pipeline, it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. But aside from the Marvel movies, there are the hugely popular Marvel comic books which give us a greater insight into the Marvel universe and what future films may have in store.
One of the most highly anticipated is War of the Vampires, which is set to release in February 2019. The vampire hype is still real and the return of the most famous vampire, Dracula, may be set to return.
The February edition of Avengers #14 teases his return, so what does this mean for the vampire genre? Is it set to make a big comeback? Let’s read on to find out more.
Vampires in Media
In the media, vampire themes have had a lot of influence. When the interest in vampires began, it was spawned by books such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Henrik Galeen’s Nosferatu, and Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. These books made a huge impact on those who read them and subsequently influenced a lot of mainstream media.
There have been so many films and TV shows that have jumped onto the vampire bandwagon. TV shows like True Blood and Vampire Diaries were super popular and had very loyal fan bases. Vampire films such as Twilight and Underworld also saw huge levels of popularity, with the former gaining an almost cult-like following.
It’s not only TV shows and films that have been influenced by the vampire trend, though. It also spawned a huge trend in video games such as Vampyr and the Sloty new online casino game Immortal Romance, which, in addition to being a slot machine, features cutscenes and a darkly romantic storylines. Others include Vampire: Masquerade Bloodlines, as well as vampire downloadable content for big games like Skyrim (Dawnguard) and Warhammer II – Curse of the Vampire Coast.
Are Vampires Coming Back to the Mainstream?
The inclusion of Dracula in the next Marvel comic is a great indicator that vampires may be coming back into the mainstream. Dracula and other vampires have seen lots of reinterpretations and spin-offs over the years and over the past decade specifically.
The ‘otherness’ of vampires is part of what makes them so appealing to audiences. When vampires first came to popularity, it was through legends such as Dracula and Nosferatu. These were terrifying creatures who appeared as humanoids but were distinctly different and horrific. Now, vampires look very human, they just drink blood and have superpowers!
With arguably the most well known vampire making a comeback into the Marvel universe, we may be about to see vampires make a big comeback. For now, it’s only in the comics, but these often make their way to the big screen and from there into other forms of media. Only time will tell if vampires are actually making their return to the mainstream, but we are excited to see what the future holds.