Excitement for BLACK PANTHER has hit an all time high, with Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger being hailed as one of the best villains Marvel Studios has in its stable. However, director Ryan Coogler had a different foe in mind for the king of Wakanda-specifically Spider-Man foe Kraven the Hunter.
Speaking with Yahoo Movies, Coogler said:
“Being a Marvel fan, you want to grab all the characters. You realise there’s contractual things. You don’t have that character. There was a Christopher Priest run that was pretty heavy, there’s a big scene where Panther’s fighting Kraven, Kraven the Hunter.
I’ve always loved Kraven the Hunter in almost every iteration. So there was a moment – ‘Can I grab Kraven?’ – and they were ‘Nah, you don’t have Kraven.’ He was one where I thought ‘Oh, man.’ But I don’t even know if he would have worked in the movie we ended up with, this was the early days.”
While Kraven could no doubt show up to terrorize Tom Holland’s Spidey, or even headline his own film at Sony, it would have been cool to see the hunter and the Panther face off.