Kraven The Hunter: All About The Spider-Man Villain Spinoff

By Tristan Zelden

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With all of these superhero franchises, it can be hard to keep up. DC has multiple different universes from the DC Extended Universe to the Arrowverse, Marvel has the seemingly unstoppable Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Sony Pictures has its own Spider-verse, which has had its fair share of issues between its multiple reboots of the web-slinger and unclear sights on how it will connect anything at this point. If anything is for certain, it is the movies we are getting, like Kraven the Hunter.

There are plenty of rumors, some facts, and a lot of background on the character that moviegoers might not be familiar with, but comic book readers know all about. To sift through all of the details, both real and fake, let’s get into what we can expect from Sony’s Kraven the Hunter movie.

Who Is Kraven the Hunter?

Finding out who Kraven the Hunter is should be step number one. If you read comics, you know, but if you don’t, then you probably have no clue as he has not appeared in other media compared to other Spider-Man villains like Venom, Vulture, and Electro.

Marvel has a nice database on its website that breaks down the origins of a character, their power level, and so much more. For Kraven the Hunter, he is a mighty foe. The company has durability, energy, fighting skills, intelligence, speed, and strength, all given a score out of seven. The lowest being durability with a four, which is not bad at all given the maximum. Meanwhile, his speed and fighting capabilities are maxed out. His intelligence is also impressive, with a six.

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Kraven the Hunter is the greatest hunter in the world, or at least that is what he thinks. To achieve that goal, he set his sights on Spider-Man to hang on his wall of trophies. Utilizing equipment to weaken his prey, he likes to use his bare hands to take down his target, unlike most hunters who traditionally use guns or bows and arrows. With a serum he acquired, he has the strength to match the neighborhood-friendly superhero.

Like any villain or hero in comics, plenty of people have taken the alter-ego of Kraven the Hunter. Our focus for the film will be Sergei Kravinoff. The Russian got his nickname in his home country during the Russian Revolution. He honed in on his skills in Africa, where he hunted large game. That is where he found his preference to use his hands and not a weapon. With a herbal concoction from a Voodoo doctor, his senses and strengths became greater.

The Star Behind Kraven the Hunter

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Initially, rumors were circulating about who would play the leading role in Sony’s Kraven the Hunter movie. Word came around that Keanu Reeves would take on the role. Reportedly, he passed it up.

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Earlier this year, we got confirmation that Aaron Taylor-Johnson would return to the world of superheroes once again with the Kraven the Hunter standalone movie. The Kick-Ass and Avengers: Age of Ultron star will play as the villain’s most notable name, Sergei Kravinoff.

Who Is Behind The Scenes?

Kraven the Hunter will have some action-experienced people working behind the camera. J.C. Chandor will direct the film. His most recent film, Triple Frontier, had a star-studded lineup with Ben Affleck (Justice League), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars), Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), and Adria Arjona (True Detective). The script will be written by Iron Man writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, along with Richar Wenk (The Equalizer).

The Plot For Kraven The Hunter

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We don’t know what the plot is. Sony is keeping it under wraps. Without any confirmed stars outside of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, we cannot be exactly sure what the plan is for Kraven the Hunter’s debut on the big screen. As he is pretty unknown to mainstream audiences and has not appeared in the previous Spider-Man movies, we can expect it to be an origin story. Possibly, this will help set them up for a Sinister Six movie, as Kraven the Hunter is one of the founding members, but that’s yet to be seen.

Wenk did say that the writing team is looking to Last Hunt as inspiration for the narrative to the Kraven the Hunter standalone movie. The comic follows the hunter’s last effort to kill Spider-Man by shooting him and burying him to die in a shallow grave. It could be the Marvel Cinematic Universe connection that has been lacking so far in Sony’s universe.

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There are rumors as to some aspects of the plot too. One that has been circulating is that we might see another supervillain, Chameleon. While taking it with a grain of salt, it makes sense as Dmitri Smerdyakov is Sergei’s half-brother. The reports state that it will not be a happy family reunion and more of a heated conflict between the two as Chameleon might be the antagonist of the film.

Is It Connected To The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

The answer to whether Kraven the Hunter will ever be appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is both a yes and a no. It is uncertain, but Sony has said that it is connected, with Spider-Man as the bridge between the two franchises.

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That said, it has not given us much on actually connecting anything. Sony has some films in the comic movie lineup with this year’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage and next year’s Morbius, which features Michael Keaton, who was seen as the baddie in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Vulture. It is not confirmed that he will be reprising his role, but if Sony wants that bridge, it could cross it next year with Jared Leto’s vampire comic book adaption.

What Will Kraven Look Like?

Bosslogic is a social media artist who has done official artwork for movies in the past. Starting as a fan artist has turned his hobby into a job by collaborating with big studios. It isn’t necessarily a confirmed look for the character, but if you need a glance, then you can see his version of Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kraven the Hunter below.

Kraven the Hunter’s Release Date

Kraven the Hunter will release on January 13, 2023. No date has been given for when it will start production. Having only one actor onboard means we may not hear anything getting started until more actors sign-on. With the blockbuster hitting theaters in early 2023, it should start production by the end of this 2021 or sometime in early 2022.