Though many are focused on the Marvel Cinematic Universe these days, there’s another group of Marvel characters forming a franchise of their own around a specific universe. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is set to join that group for Sony and already has one of his main adversaries setting up for the first film. The Illuminerdi is reporting that his Kraven the Hunter character will be up against The Chameleon when this movie finally drops, pitting two long-standing villains from the comic book pages against each other.
Kraven the Hunter is getting more casting and plot details leaked and it looks they’ll continue bringing on certain characters from the pages of Marvel. In this one, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kraven the Hunter will end up squaring off against The Chameleon in some fashion, though in this world of antagonists, it’s unclear which side everyone will land. In the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters, the lines are for sure blurred around who is good or bad in the upcoming stories. There’s an anti-hero vibe developing with the specific intention of possibly even uniting all of the characters against the web-slinger at some point.
When Aaron Taylor-Johnson faces The Chameleon it will bring a classic Spider-Man villain to the big screen. The Chameleon was the first-ever villain introduced in the Spider-Man original comic book all the way back in 1963. He’s a master of disguise with the ability to take on nearly any persona. And there’s going to be a family connection as well. In the comic, Chameleon whose alias is Dmitri Smerdyakov is the half-brother of Sergei Kravinoff or Kraven the Hunter. This lends itself to the idea that the two start at odds but ultimately make it their core mission to take down Spider-Man.
It will be interesting to see how Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kraven and Chameleon become part of the greater universe that Sony is building around these characters. Focusing mainly on adversaries of Spider-Man they already have put out Tom Hardy’s Venom and we are getting the sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage in September. Plus, Jared Leto’s Morbius has faced significant pandemic-related delays but is set to hit theaters early next year.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson has experience in the superhero world already having played Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver when they first introduced him in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But that didn’t last long seeing as how he didn’t survive that movie. There was some speculation the multiverse thread line could help bring him back in some fashion in the role, but that wasn’t to be.
Some fan art had already started making the rounds with what Aaron Taylor-Johnson would look like as Kraven the Hunter. If these representations are any clue, it’s a part he was made for. The ultimate big-game hunter has long wanted to put Spider-Man on his proverbial mantle and, throughout the years, has been a major problem for Peter Parker. Whether the two ever clash on the big screen remains to be seen, but this franchise is shaping up to be pretty entertaining all on its own.