Somehow, Sony continues its way of the cross, paved with films on the various enemies of Spider-Man, in the absence of the latter. Making a comic book antagonist independent and exciting for the cinema has always been a perilous undertaking, but one that can pay off (hello Joker by Todd Phillips). However, the latest results around the Spider-verse are rather alarming, the disaster Morbiusboth in terms of box office and critical and public feedback, however, did not strengthen the confidence of spectators in the Sinister Six project.
Nothing that prevents Sony for the moment from continuing its delirium since after Venom and Morbius, it will be the turn of Kraven the Hunter to prove oneself (or not) in his own feature film. Opponent of the spider-man never before adapted on the big screen (like Morbius), he will appear for the first time in the guise of Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
And precisely, the actor has just finished shooting the film in England. On the occasion of the promotion of Bullet Train and his presence at the CineEurope conference, he was able to deliver some initial information and impressions of what his character will be like.
“He’s one of Marvel’s most well-known and iconic anti-heroes, Spider-Man’s #1 rival. He’s neither an alien nor a wizard. He’s just a hunter, a human with convictions. An animal lover, who is also a protector of the natural world. A very, very cool character.“
While Kraven is indeed considered a tough opponent of the urban hero, having even been able to defeat him on some occasions, he also remains a cruel and lawless killer. Hunting for fun and trophies (in rather bad taste), it is generally quite far from a benevolent image of a protector of nature or an environmental warrior: the gentleman still wears a lion’s head as a jacket.
The fact that Kraven is neither an alien nor a wizard, that he is simply a human, generally reinforces the whole primary meaning of his immense brutality and disdain for wildlife. It may be “cool”, but let’s hope that the almost systematic will of Sony films so far to change these villains into softly virtuous anti-heroes, does not come to lukewarm the promising character of Kraven. From a ruthless hunter, capable of terrifying Spider-Man himself, it would be a shame to have a game warden superhero instead.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson also mentioned that the film was mostly shot outside the studio, in natural settings. Nothing crazy, but it’s always good to take, whether for the hunting scenes or to reinforce this link between Kraven and nature. As a reminder, the film is directed by JC Chandor (Margin Call, All is lost) who makes his baptism of fire here in superhero movies. As for Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he is not at his trial run in the genre: he has already been notably Kick-Ass or Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The rest of the cast is made up of Russell Crowe, among others, and more news may be announced at Comic-Con in San Diego next July. If the agenda doesn’t change by then, we should see Kraven the Hunter in our cinemas on January 13, 2023.