Kraven the Hunter

  • Release: October 6, 2023
  • Director: J. C. Chandor
  • Studio: Sony

Kraven the Hunter is the next addition to Sony’s Spider-Man Universe of movies and will star Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the titular character.

Kraven the Hunter

Aaron Taylor-Johnson


Russell Crowe


Ariana DeBose


Fred Hechinger


Alessandro Nivola

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. The latter is leaning into the villains around the Spider-Man Universe and with it we are getting Kraven the Hunter.


Late March 2022 brought our first images of Aaron Taylor-Johnson on set as the titular anti-hero of Kraven the Hunter. The Twitter fan account QuidVacuo tweeted a shot of the actor from the set, barefoot. It isn’t clear whether or not he was wearing part of his actual costume or if he was just wearing a jacket during a break in filming.

Some days earlier, the Kraven the Hunter Movie Updates account posted video from a chase scene being filmed. In the clip, you can see what appears to be a man on top of a speeding car. You can watch the brief clip below.



Apparently, Kraven the Hunter is going to be just chock full of bad guys, because even more have been cast. In early March 2022 came the news that Alessandro Nivola (The Many Saints of Newark) would play the main antagonist of Kraven. However his identity is being kept under wraps.

christopher abbott

Only a few days later, it was announced that Christopher Abbott (Possessor) was being added to the Kraven the Hunter cast as well. The word is Abbott will play the fan-favorite assassin The Foreigner.

fred hechinger chameleon kraven the hunter

In late February 2022, we exclusively reported that Fred Hechinger had been cast as the Chameleon in Kraven the Hunter. Within hours, our story was confirmed. Chameleon is Kraven’s half-brother in the comics, and is presumed to be the villain of the story. Originally a Spider-Man antagonist like Kraven, Chameleon is a master of disguise, able to assume just about anyone’s appearance.


ariana debose west side story

A week later, the news broke that Ariana Debose of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake would appear in Kraven the Hunter as the villain Calypso. In the source material, Calypso is often Kraven’s ally in his work to defeat Spider-Man. It’s unclear if she will likewise be Kraven’s partner in the film, or his enemy. Maybe a little bit of both? There’s definitely a chance this movie is about their relationship with all of the ups and downs.


russell crowe

February 2022 brought the news that Russell Crowe of Gladiator fame is joining the cast of Kraven the Hunter. While his role isn’t confirmed, early reports indicate Crowe will be playing the titular anti-hero’s father, Nikolai Kravinoff. Interestingly, assuming the reports of the role are true, Kraven will be Russell Crowe’s third superhero movie role without playing a superhero. He played Jor-El, father of Superman, in Man of Steel. He’ll be playing Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder. Give the guy a mask already!


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.

kraven the hunter

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.


aaron taylor-johnson

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.

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.


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).


kraven the hunter marvel comics

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.

spider-man villains chameleon

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.


Spider-Man No Way Home Tom Holland

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.

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.


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 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.

Latest Kraven the Hunter News

aaron taylor johnson

Aaron Johnson’s Kraven The Hunter Gets A Shocking Rating For A Marvel Movie

Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kraven the Hunter will be rated R.

1 month ago

giant freakin robot scoops 2022 biggest

You Heard It Here First: The 15 Biggest, Exclusive Stories We Broke In 2022

Over the past year, we’ve been the first news outlet anywhere to break dozens and dozens of the biggest entertainment stories in the world. We don’t always get everything right, no one does when you’re working with secretive sources, but our track record speaks for itself. Thanks to a dedicated team of hard-working researchers and …

5 months ago

kraven the hunter

Kraven The Hunter Gets Controversial Change In Upcoming Spinoff Movie

Will the fans be okay with this?

12 months ago

russell crowe

Russell Crowe Hates Hollywood So Much He Would Only Move There On One Condition

While he may shy away from the bright lights of Hollywood during his downtime, Russell Crowe has starred in some very high-profile projects.

1 year ago

marvel delayed

A Spider-Man Villain Is Getting Their Own Solo Spinoff, See The Surprise Casting

The latest Spider-Man solo spin-off film announcement has some pretty big surprises and we are here to break them down for you.

1 year ago

aaron taylor-johnson

See First Look At Aaron Taylor-Johnson As Kraven The Hunter

Check out some of the first looks at Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kraven the Hunter on the set of the movie which is currently filming.

1 year ago

Kraven the Hunter

Kraven The Hunter Casts Fan-Favorite Spider-Man Assassin, See The New Villain

Kraven the Hunter is Marvel’s newest film from Sony Pictures, and the villain has possibly been cast. The villain that is set to be portrayed in the film is The Foreigner, one of Spider-Man’s biggest enemies, and although confirmation has yet to be officially released, it appears Christopher Abbott might be playing the role of …

1 year ago

kraven the hunter

Kraven the Hunter Movie Casts Sopranos Star As Villain

Kraven the Hunter has cast one of the stars of The Sopranos as a villain in the upcoming movie, but it’s not who you might guess.

1 year ago

kraven the hunter marvel comics

Kraven The Hunter Has Cast an Iconic Marvel Villain

Kraven the Hunter casts a new villain!

1 year ago

russell crowe

Russell Crowe Role In Spider-Man Spinoff Revealed

And, just a few weeks ago, Russell Crowe signed on in an undisclosed role. Following news of the Hollywood legend’s casting, social media was abuzz as fans tried to predict which character he would play.

1 year ago

fred hechinger chameleon kraven the hunter

Fred Hechinger Will Play Chameleon In Kraven The Hunter, Our Scoop Confirmed

We broke the news hours ago that Fred Hechinger was in talks to play Chameleon, and now it has been officially confirmed.

1 year ago

chameleon kraven the hunter

Exclusive: Chameleon Actor Chosen For Kraven The Hunter Movie

We can now report that a trusted and proven inside source for Giant Freakin Robot has learned that a young actor is currently in talks to play Chameleon for Kraven The Hunter.

1 year ago


X-Men Star Says No To Spider-Man Spinoff?

While we now know the casting won’t come to fruition, the idea of re-casting actors in different Marvel roles has been seen throughout the emergence of the popular genre.

1 year ago

Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe Joins The Cast Of A Spider-Man Spinoff

Russell Crowe is joining the Spider-Verse!

1 year ago

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Tom Holland Reveals Spider-Man: No Way Home Originally Centered Around One Fan-Favorite Villain

Tom Holland was originally supposed to fight a completely different villain in Spider-Man: No Way Home. But those plans completely changed

1 year ago

andrew garfield

Andrew Garfield Reveals He Had Meetings For Sinister Six, Here’s What Happened

Andrew Garfield dishes on when he was in talks for Sinister Six!

2 years ago

spider-man 2

Spider-Man 2 Trailer Reveals Two Fan-Favorite Villains

The Spider-Man 2 game trailer is here!

2 years ago

jimmy kimmel

See Jimmy Kimmel As Kraven The Hunter In Hilarious Video

Jimmy Kimmel has taken his bid for Kraven the Hunter to the next level.

2 years ago

aaron taylor-johnson

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Facing A Classic Spider-Man Villain In Kraven The Hunter

When he starts as Kraven the Hunter, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is going to face off against a classic Spider-Man villain from the comic books

2 years ago

aaron taylor-johnson

See Aaron Taylor-Johnson As Kraven The Hunter

With Aaron Taylor-Johnson being cast as Kraven the Hunter we have our first glimpse of what he could look like as the character.

2 years ago

aaron taylor-johnson

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Officially Cast As Spider-Man’s Next Big Villain

We’ve yet to see this iconic villain of Spider-Man’s brought to the big screen, but Aaron Taylor-Johnson is about to change that.

2 years ago

karl urban

Karl Urban Being Eyed To Play This Spider-Man Villain

Karl Urban is being eyed to play this fan favorite Spider-Man villain.

2 years ago

keanu reeves moon knight feature

Keanu Reeves Has Made A Decision On Playing Kraven The Hunter

Rumors were flying about Keanu Reeves playing Kraven the Hunter. But apparently, the actor turned down the role months ago when offered.

2 years ago