How does Spider-Man: No Way Home opens up the MCU’s multiverse? Who is the yellow figure that Doctor Strange sees? It’s Peter Parker’s biggest solo adventure yet, dealing with villains from previous Spider-Man films like Alfred Molina’s Dr. Octopus, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, and Jamie Foxx’s Electro. Marvel Comics established the multiverse before 2022’s Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness. Now, this latest adventure gives fans their best look yet at how the multiverse manifests.
Phase 4 of the MCU has put the multiverse front and center with its first offerings. A Kang, The Conqueror variant, living in the Citadel at the End of Time was nixed by Sylvie’s choice to kill He Who Remains. All Kang variants are now free to invade the multiverse. Furthermore, the boundaries between the various universes are more vulnerable than ever. Using Doctor Strange’s tainted spell to re-open the multiverse and re-introduce villains from previous films, Spider-Man: No Way Home showed how fragile they are.
The multiverse villains on-screen are exciting. Nonetheless, there is also a great deal of mystery surrounding those figures whose identity remains a little more unknown. On top of the new Captain America-inspired Statue of Liberty, Strange tries to keep the multiverse from collapsing during his final fight. Several cracks are appearing in reality as he goes about his daily routine. As per the botched spell, every multiverse figure that knows Peter Parker as Spider-Man is being brought through one person stands out from the rest. This is the case because of the bright yellow light he emits.
Spider-Man’s true identity is known by an infinite number of people across the multiverse. As a reason, this yellow figure could be anyone from the Marvel universe. However, closer inspection reveals that the yellow figure is wielding a spear and appears to be dressed in furs. Only a handful of characters fall into this category, and none of them have a confirmed 2023 release date. The character might be Kraven the Hunter.
Only a few characters from Marvel lore are primarily associated with Spider-Man. Kraven the Hunter is one of them. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created Kraven the Hunter in The Amazing Spider-Man #15. The character is typically depicted as a big-game hunter who wants nothing more than to prove himself as the world’s greatest hunter. As a member of the Sinister Six, Kraven the Hunter was a well-known foe of Spider-Man. In 2018, Sony announced plans for a solo Kraven the Hunter movie as part of its Spider-Man universe. Since then, several actors have joined the cast. Matt Holloway rewrote the script under director J.C. Chandor, who also joined the project as a co-writer. It was announced in May 2021 that Aaron Taylor-Johnson would play the hunter, making it his second Marvel role after playing Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Due to his connection to Spider-Man and his upcoming solo movie in January 2023, Kraven Hunter’s inclusion in the multiverse makes sense at this point. Doctor Strange sees multiple figures poised to break through during Spider-Man: No Way Home’s reality-shattering final act. Nonetheless, it’s possible that one of them was teasing the Kraven the Hunter solo film.