Spider-Man spin-off Kraven The Hunter plays Aaron Taylor-Johnson in title role | Ents & Arts News
Aaron Taylor-Johnson was cast as villainous Kraven The Hunter in Sony’s latest Spider-Man spinoff film.
The British actor has previously appeared in a wonder film, as Pietro Maximoff (brother of Wanda from WandaVision) in Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
however, The intricate history of Spider-Man Studios ownership means that despite being a Marvel superhero, Sony currently owns the film rights to the character and his rogue gallery – meaning the Kraven movie won’t interfere with the sprawling Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe.
To confuse matters, however, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is currently part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), under a special deal between the two studios – but other wall-crawler-based films do. are not.
These include the Oscar-winning animation Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and the Tom Hardy-fronted Venom, which will receive a sequel later this year.
Kraven The Hunter has a release date of January 13, 2023 and will be directed by JC Chandor as part of Sony’s growing collection of Marvel-based films.
The villain is one of Spider-Man’s best-known foes and is generally described as a famous big game hunter who tries to hone his skills while taking out the web slinger.
Kraven first appeared in Marvel comics in a 1964 edition of The Amazing Spider-Man and has since appeared in animated shows and video games, but never in a major film.
Taylor-Johnson is emerging as a comic book movie veteran – along with the Avengers, the 30-year-old also appeared in Kick-Ass. Other blockbusters he’s featured in include Tenet and Godzilla.
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Elsewhere in the Sony-Marvel Universe, Tom Hardy will reprise his role as Venom in the sequel Let There Be Carnage in September, while Jared Leto will play the vampire Morbius in a movie of the same name next year.
Until then, Tom Holland’s next adventure Spider-Man, titled No Way Home, will open later this year, with rumors that former web-chefs Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield could be put on the famous spandex costume once again.
No Way Home will be the fourth MCU movie of 2021 after Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and the long-awaited Eternals from Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao, who got their first trailer this week.