Spider-Man: Far From Home is making waves at the box office as it starts its third week run in theatres, so much so that thoughts have already turned to the third instalment in Sony and Disney’s joint Spider-Man venture.
Despite not quite focussing on the events teased throughout Spider-Man: Far From Home, the main idea pending amongst the many areas of speculation over what to possibly expect from Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe seem to revolve around a third Spider-Man movie and the potential villain for the movie.
The bookies favorite at the moment seems to be for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to introduce Spider-Man rogue Kraven the Hunter in the Spider-Man threequel in what would be the character’s live-action cinematic debut.
Fuel to the Fire.
These rumors have been seemingly fuelled, if not started, by graphic artist BossLogic who has suggested that that they have heard from another source that not only is Kraven’s debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe imminent but also the character’s origins are to be altered slightly to make the character Wakandan rather than Russian as he has been in both the comics and other appearances in both animated television and video games.
Take this with a grain of salt.— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) July 15, 2019
so I have heard from a source that the idea of Kraven being from #wakanda from a tribe that no longer exists due to them being exiled by the royals is on the table. for the sake of this post I mocked @_mustafashakir_ with some wakanda tech 😀 pic.twitter.com/XmKWsoeEzX
Kraven becoming Wakandan would still be exploring the character’s new villainous origins of being part of a Wakandan tribe that has long since been exiled from Wakandan royalty. This would initially start Kraven off as a villain of Black Panther rather than Spider-Man as previously expected.
In cinematic history, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb teased the villain in his version of a Spider-Man movie universe during the end credits of the second movie, with the follow-up announcements that Kraven was to appear both in the now-canceled Sinister Six and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 movies.
Kraven the Hunter has also been teased to appear in both the Sony Universe of Marvel Characters and Marvel Cinematic Universe proper since Spider-Man’s introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and Sony’s Marvel Universe’s introduction with 2018’s Venom.
However now it seems that an upcoming announcement about Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe either at this coming weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con or the D23 Expo at the end of August may include the arrival of the villainous hunter at some stage in the near future.
BossLogic’s final addition to this rumor was a fan-art image of how Mustafa Shakir, the actor known to MCU fans for playing the villainous Bushmaster in the second season of Netflix’s Luke Cage, would look as the hunter. The likelihood of one actor portraying two physical villains in some part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is minimal at best but if Kevin Feige wants to make it happen, his box office track record has proved he can do hardly any wrong.
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This tweak to Kraven the Hunter’s origins would also support Black Panther director Ryan Coogler originally intending for the villain to appear in the Oscar-Winning 2017 movie.
Kraven originating from Wakanda would also mean that the hunter could potentially appear in the upcoming Black Panther 2, maybe not as the main villain but either beginning the story of the hunter or as a secondary antagonist.
The inclusion of Kraven the Hunter as a villain in Black Panther 2 would also be a way for Ryan Coogler to attempt to one-up himself after the tremendous award
Kraven’s altered origins from Russian to Wakandan would also take away from the Eastern European diversity the hunter brings to Spider-Man’s central rogues gallery. While Spider-Man: Homecoming featured Bokeem Woodbine as an African American version of Shocker and while an African version of a well-known Russian character is definitely something Sony and Disney can claim as their own personal stamp on the character, it may cause friction amongst certain groups of audience members.
However, Kraven’s Wakandan origins would be a good fit with the character if he had to have a change of ethnicity because of the fact Wakandan tribes are, effectively, hunters. So, he could still have the mantle of Kraven the Hunter and even the outfit due to the part of the world he would now inhabit.
Finally, the introduction of Kraven the Hunter into the Marvel Cinematic Universe would gather enough members of The Sinister Six along with Vulture, Shocker, and a minor appearance from Scorpion first introduced in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming as well as Mysterio and a minor potential introduction of Chameleon in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Spider-Man: Far From Home, directed by Jon Watts, stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Favreau, J.B. Smoove, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, Cobie Smulders, Jacob Batalon and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently in theaters everywhere now.
What do you think of Kraven’s potential introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Should he become Wakandan or remain Russian?