Spider-Man, being one of the most popular superheroes in the world, has a large rogues gallery that is well suited to his enormous popularity. Villains like Venom, the Green Goblin, and Doctor Octopus have become well-known in their own right, frequently as a result of how they relate to — or reflect — Peter Parker’s personal life.
For example, Venom portrays a Peter who has surrendered to his dark side and never learned the adage “great power, tremendous responsibility.” Doc Ock, on the other hand, is a reflection of Peter’s insane genius, while the Green Goblin is a part of his personal life that comes back to harm him.
However, there is also another fantastic Spider-Man foe that has gone unnoticed by the public until recently. Sergei Kravinoff is particularly described as Kraven the Hunter, a super-powered big game hunter who wants to mount Spider-head Man’s on his ceiling as just another trophy — and while Kraven has never had a direct link to Peter Parker’s private life, his legacy has endured as being one of the webslinger’s most serious elements.
Sony Pictures is now preparing to release its own film on the mad huntsman. In a similar vein to Tom Hardy’s 2018 “Venom” picture, the next “Kraven the Hunter” will have Kraven as the protagonist, which is a significant departure from the comics, and with Sony releasing fresh material about the project on a regular basis, there is enough to speculate about. Here’s what we know about it.
Kraven The Hunter – Release Date
This has recently changed. Sony Pictures even assigned a precise release date to the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Kraven the Hunter” will be released on January 13, 2023, assuming all goes according to plan and Sony has no delays.
Following the release of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in December 2021, fans will only have to wait a little over a year for more Spidey deliciousness.
This is in addition to Sony Pictures’ other “Spider-Man”-related content slated for release over the next two years, including “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” in September 2021 and “Morbius” in January 2022, ensuring that there will be plenty of Spider-themed characters to go around in the near future.
Kraven The Hunter – Cast Details
Previously, there were speculations that Sony had approached “John Wick” actor Keanu Reeves about playing Kraven the Hunter, but it appears that Reeves declined (via CBR).
Regardless, The Hollywood Reporter reported on May 26, 2021 that Sony has found its Kraven in MCU veteran Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Johnson had already established his superhero résumé by appearing as the protagonist in both “Kick-Ass” films before taking on the role of Pietro Maximoff as Quicksilver in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Unfortunately, Johnson is the only member of the “Kraven the Hunter” cast that we are aware of at this time, but if the film follows the comics, Kraven has a slew of characters that are directly linked to him and might appear in the film.
The most well-known of these is his half-brother, Dmitri Smerdyakov, dubbed the Chameleon, a Spider-Man antagonist noted for his mastery of disguise. The priestess Calypso Ezili, Kraven’s long standing lover, is known for magical abilities such as necromancy and mind control.
His wife, Sasha Kravinoff, and his adult children Alyosha, Vladimir, Ned, and Ana, some of whom — in the comics — are prominent Spider-Man villains in their own right, particularly in the years following Sergei’s murder, might all be involved.
For the time being, everything is hypothetical. Thankfully, as the Sony film’s release date approaches, we will almost certainly discover more about the actors.
Kraven The Hunter – Plot Details
While we know when “Kraven the Hunter” will be released and who will appear in it, Sony has been tight-lipped about the narrative of the picture. In terms of “Spider-Man” villains, Kraven has never had much star power: his most famous comic book storey is the J. M. DeMatteis/Mike Zeck tale “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” which focuses heavily on the hunter/hunter dynamic between him and Spider-Man — in addition to being extremely dark, with much of the story seeing Spider-Man buried alive.
As a result, director J.C. Chandor, along with writers Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Richard Wenk, are more likely to explore the villain’s background, given that Sony has made no mention of a Spider-Man appearance (so far).
With this in mind, viewers can probably expect to see Sergei Kravinoff grow up to become one of the world’s most dangerous hunters, but it’s unclear how he’ll slot in as the story’s protagonist, given that the comics version has never been depicted in a heroic light.
Nonetheless, Kraven’s character has a lot of promise on the big screen, thanks to a touch of improved physiology supplied by a special serum, an arsenal of technical tools and methods at his disposal, and a driving obsession with success at all costs.
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