Aaron Taylor-Johnson leaps from aspiring hero to bitter hunt-craving villain in a new Sony-based solo film. After sweeping the CBM loving community as the titular Kick-Ass in two films and Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in 2015’s Avengers Age of Ultron, Johnson has officially been cast as the underrepresented Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter. I say underrepresented because despite having a large role in the Spider-Man universe as well as being a favorite amongst comic aficionados, very little has been done to bring the ultimate hunter to the big screen. Surprisingly, in a similar vein to 2018’s Venom, Kraven will be given his own anti-heroic origin story to eventually set up future films as Johnson signed on for multiple films after this initial entry.
A little background on this colorful character Kraven is, you guessed it, a hunter priding himself with his vast collection of exotic animals from all over the globe. With the help of an herbal super-soldier serum and nonconventional weaponry, he hunts any and all dangerous prey he deems worth his time. After scouring the earth for the ultimate prey he finds himself in New York City for his last worthy hunt: Spider-Man. Judging from the announcement, the film may take a different direction before comic fans get to see Peter Parker take on the villain in a game of cat and mouse.
J.C. Chandor, of Netflix’s Triple Frontier, has also been attached to direct the upcoming film with Iron Man writers Art Marcum & Matt Holloway to form a script. Sadly not much else is known at this time for the project. Regardless, fans are dying to see these characters like Kraven not only come to life on the screen but want them to interact with their favorite heroes and villains. While the horizon is looking much better for Spider-Man media, fans will have to continue to be patient as the universe slowly but surely expands to tell stories people love.
Kraven the Hunter will be on the prowl on January 23, 2023.