Sony has announced the next live-action film in its ever-expanding Spider-Verse: Kraven the Hunter. This has been done ahead of the release of Jared Leto’s Morbius and following the release of NWH. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, a comic book film veteran, was cast as Spider-Man’s villain in Sony’s new film, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
He also appeared in Marvel Studios’ Age of Ultron as the brother of Wanda Maximoff, Pietro/Quicksilver, in addition to his role in Kick-Ass. For a significant portion of that film, Pietro posed a threat to the Avengers. Will his new character of Kraven, particularly Tom Holland’s web-slinger, follow suit in the upcoming movie?
For the time being, we don’t know. Nonetheless, Andrew Garfield, the world’s second live-action slinger, got Taylor-Johnson to talk about being cast as the comic book baddie.
“I’ve got a bunch of stunt training for this movie,” Aaron Taylor-Johnson confessed to Andrew Garfield via Hero Magazine when asked about his return to comic book cinema. “I’m staying close to the production office,” he said.
“I’m good! I’m in England, I’m not in London but just outside, close to the production office [for Kraven the Hunter]. staying here because I’ve got a bunch of stunt training to do for this movie, so the director and I are bunking up for the next couple of weeks.”
During Garfield’s interview, Taylor-Johnson didn’t reveal much about how he was feeling about taking on a character that so many people have strong feelings about. He further went on to say that “It has its drawbacks. I’m sure you’ve heard this before!”
Peter Parker has been played by numerous actors since Tobey Maguire’s portrayal in 2012. After his role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which received lukewarm reviews, fans are now calling for the revival of his trilogy and additional appearances from him.
Afterwards, Garfield complimented Taylor-appearance Johnson’s and Kraven-inspired comic book look. “You see that and then you start to backtrack and dig deeper, and go, ‘This is where he originates from…:'” the actor said when discussing Kraven’s physical attributes.
“You do come at it from another angle, which is back-to-front for me. It’s like you’re coming at it from the physical aspect, because that’s what you can see from a comic book. You go, ‘Oh, he looks like that, so I have to look like that.’ You see that and then you start to backtrack and dig deeper, and go, ‘This is where he originates from, then he has this relationship and that relationship…’ You just hope that you’re going to portray something that you can bring to life.
There is, again, room for an interpretation and you want to be able to bring something and let it pop off the page. It’s another new challenge, we talk about putting yourself under pressure all the time. I don’t step away from controversial shit, I don’t know what it is, but I’m always drawn to the thing that might actually give me a f****** stroke!”
Kraven, a big-game hunter in the comics, is particularly controversial because of the pressure and controversy that comes with taking on a familiar role in front of an audience.
What may be more contentious than Kraven’s physical appearance, is how Sony plans to handle his costume. This is so considering Kraven frequently wears the fur and skin of the animals he hunted.
For Kraven, Spider-Man is the ultimate prize and he will stop at nothing to get his hands on it.
Since Morbius already featured Spider-Man references, the fact that Aaron Taylor-Johnson was being interviewed by a Spider-Man actor is sure to draw attention. Another popular expectation among Spider-Man devotees is that Garfield will appear in Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man film.
Additionally, Russell Crowe and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will be joined by Fred Hechinger. He will portray Kraven’s half-brother and Spider-Man villain Chameleon.