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‘He’s Just…..a Human With Conviction’: Did Aaron Taylor-Johnson Just Hint Spider-Man Villain Kraven Is Marvel’s Batman?

Spider-Man has one of the most outstanding villain galleries in the comics, same as Batman which means Sony has a permit to some of the most interesting and well-developed personalities from the comics. Aaron Taylor-Johnson features as Kraven the Hunter in Sony’s Spider-Man spinoffs, as a dreadful villain – here’s all you need to know about the Spider-Man opponent forward to his film debut.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson hinted about his villain role
Aaron Taylor-Johnson hinted about his villain role

One of Sony’s more fascinating ideas is a Kraven the Hunter movie, featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the main villain. His origin story starts with the Russian Revolution of 1917. The Kravinoffs existed as a part of the Russian aristocracy, but they lost their crowns and freedoms in the rise of Communism, and Sergei Nikolaievich Kravinoff evolved with a nagging feeling of losing the core of his character.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Character ‘Kraven’ as Spider-Man’s Number One Rival

Kraven the Hunter, Marvel comics
Kraven the Hunter, Marvel comics

This villain had long been attracted to hunting super-beings, he once shot the X-Men villain Sabretooth in the chest! After that, he became extremely interested in Spider-Man. As time passed, he and Spider-Man fought multiple times and his desire to succeed became an addiction. Once he captured and drugged Spider-Man, taking his place to establish himself as superior to Spider-Man. It all ended in a horrible suicide case, with the villain glimpsing his life’s goal as now complete. But these all are comics, he isn’t dead and was revived by members of his family.

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Many fans have compared his skills to Batman because In the comics, the villain is regularly using potion which provides him superhuman abilities and makes his body more strong. He can easily tolerate being struck by someone with superpowers, has strengthened senses such as sight, smell, and hearing, and can, therefore, track his enemies. If we compare genuinely, Batman may not have abilities at his disposal, but given enough time to learn his enemies’ weaknesses, he might be able to win against the Hunter, without any difficulties.

Kraven the Hunter abilities, Marvel comics
Kraven the Hunter abilities, Marvel comics

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Now coming back to Taylor-Johnson, he recently spoke about how he views his role. In an interview with Variety, he explained his knowledge of filming the great villain role.

“[Kraven is] one of Marvel’s most iconic, notorious anti-heroes — Spider Man’s number one rival. [It’s exciting that Kraven is] not an alien, or a wizard. He’s just a hunter, a human with conviction. An animal lover and a protector of the natural world. He’s a very, very cool character. [Unlike other Marvel movies,] this one is shot entirely on location.”

His comments are really interesting given the focus on Spider-Man. While Sony’s future with this villain remains blurred without any official assurance of Spider-Man 4.

Kraven The Hunter (2023) will release on January 13.

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Written by Shreeparna Das