Sony Pictures has tapped Aaron Taylor-Johnson to play the next big bad in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe: Kraven The Hunter. Although already a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems the death really liberated the actor from his previous role as Quicksilver and has allowed him to play one of the most feared and notorious hunters in the Marvel universe.
After the box-office ruin that was Morbius, Sony has seemingly trudged on with its Spider-Man universe characters in its 2023 slated film, Kraven the Hunter. Although kept under wraps, Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s recent Variety interview did reveal the tone of the film and fans are not happy with what’s in store.
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Who is Kraven the Hunter?
Born to the Russian aristocracy and forced to emigrate to the UK after the Bolshevik Revolution, there is not one animal of any given species that the Russian hunter has not killed. His super-human abilities come from special herbal potions that he had stolen from a witch doctor in the Belgian Congo. He possesses increased stamina, agility, enhanced strength, speed, and longevity. But his identity comes from his fame as a wealthy and renowned big-game hunter.
However, he is haunted by visions of crawling, murderous spiders from his time at the asylum to which his mother was admitted. As such, he sets his sights on taking down the web-slinging Spider-Man. Kraven the Hunter has been known to be a part of the Sinister Six and the Army of Evil. For a short while, he had been banded with the Avengers under the command of Nick Fury.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s SSU Version of Kraven
In an interview with Variety, Johnson reveals that the version of Sony’s Kraven is one that deviates from the Marvel Comic’s Kraven. He is an “animal lover and protector of the natural world”. Kraven although known for his multifaceted character bases his identity on the fact that he is the best game hunter known to the Marvel world.
However, Sony seems to be taking a different approach as Taylor-Johnson further reveals that “one of Marvel’s most iconic, notorious anti-heroes — Spider Man’s number one rival” is “not an alien or a wizard. He’s just a hunter, a human with conviction.” This has left fans fuming over the question of who he is going to hunt then.
With J. C. Chandor as the director, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Richard Wenk as the screenplay writers, and Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach as producers, the solo film is set to introduce the intimidating villain into the Sony Spider-Man Universe without the Spider-Man.
Kraven the Hunter hits the theatres on January 13, 2023.