There have been a lot of ups and downs for Spider-Man films from Sony Pictures in recent years. “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home” are two of the best superhero movies ever, but the studio is still working on creating a live-action Spider-Man universe distinct from Tom Holland’s portrayal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Since Sony’s Marvel movies have focused on converting some of the hero’s biggest adversaries into anti-heroes, they’re trying to achieve it without any version of the web-slinger at all.
To be fair, the concept behind this makes sense when you think about it. The pages of comic books are replete with examples of villains who have undergone a transformation and are now leading heroic lives, and vice versa.
On the other hand, as evidenced by the films “Venom,” “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” and “Morbius,” Sony’s strategy hasn’t worked out so well in actual production. In spite of this, they are pushing forward with films based on Spider-more Man’s formidable adversaries, such as Kraven the Hunter (and some of Spider-less Man’s formidable adversaries, such as Bad Bunny’s El Muerto).
However, based on recent statements that Aaron Taylor-Johnson has made about his most recent comic book movie, it seems like the future adaptation of “Kraven the Hunter” won’t merely concentrate on the anti-heroic qualities of the title character. When compared to how he is typically shown in the comics, Kraven’s overall approach will undergo some significant transformations in the upcoming film adaptation.
The Quest Has Begun…
Taylor-Johnson discussed his progress on “Kraven the Hunter” while he was at CineEurope to promote some other projects. According to Variety, the actor claims that playing “Spider-number Man’s one rival” has been fun because the infamous big game hunter is “simply a hunter, a person with conviction.
He’s not an alien or a wizard.” That seems reasonable. Taylor-Johnson adds that Kraven is also “an animal lover and a guardian of the natural environment,” nevertheless.
Sergei Kravinoff leaves his native Russia in the comics to become the world’s best hunter. He chooses Spider-Man as his target because he thinks that by eliminating the hero, he will be able to claim that title. He does, however, adhere to a code of honor that requires a just and honorable hunt, which typically only uses his bare hands while hunting more common wildlife.
Because of this rule, it is obvious that he respects the animals (and creatures-themed individuals) that he hunts, but I wouldn’t claim that this makes him a “protector of the natural world” or an “animal lover.” He tends to be more of a “let’s kill the biggest and baddest creatures in the world and use their heads and hides as trophies and outfits” kind of man.
Although it’s unlikely, it’s possible that the lion-head vest he’s wearing is fake.
Sony obviously had to take some liberties with “Kraven the Hunter” if they opted to press forward with the project, as nothing will turn an audience against any character faster than witnessing them murder animals for pleasure (no matter how honorably). But to change Kraven’s character to “an animal lover” and “a protector of the natural world” is such a radical departure.
The Excitement of the Chase
Since we haven’t been given any hints about the story or even seen a teaser for “Kraven the Hunter,” there’s still a chance that director J.C. Chandor and writers Richard Wenk, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway may pull off an impressive feat with this project.
It is possible that we will follow up with the hunter after he has come to terms with the fact that there is larger and more dangerous prey in the cosmos than Spider-Man.
This is something that Squirrel Girl assists him in coming to terms with in the comics. On the other hand, he could be more of a hunter of hunters in this movie, going after people who chose to hunt without respecting his honor code.
But if they’re going to deviate so much from how longtime fans envision the character, they might as well include the art-decorated Kra-Van that the hunter drove in the crossover between “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” and “Howard the Duck” in 2016. (which may or may not be one of the greatest modes of transportation for a super-powered individual ever conceived).
At the end of the day, fans were not anticipating a live-action Kraven to appear in this manner at all. It’s not necessary for every villain to have a path to redemption, and a movie that’s based on a comic book character that has some ethically ambiguous aspects doesn’t have to have an anti-hero as its protagonist in every case.
Kraven is capable of maintaining his roles as an arrogant hunter, a sorrowful person, and the antagonist who takes center stage in his very own film all at the same time.
Or, you could just save him to be the villain in the next live-action Spider-Man movie, and then, later on, you could give fans the adaptation of “Kraven’s Last Hunt” that they’ve been yearning for in a spin-off movie that they’ve been begging for. Unfortuitously, those decisions are made by persons whose salaries are significantly higher than mine. For the time being, all we can do is try our best to withhold judgment until such time as we actually have anything to evaluate.
Kraven The Hunter Movie Release Date
On January 13, 2023, it is expected that “Kraven the Hunter” will make its debut in movie theatres.