Sony needs a Spider-verse / SPUMC hit. Given the lack of critical love for Venom, and the complete mauling of Morbius, there is a feeling developing out there among the movie chattering classes that Sony can only get things right when Marvel Studios are around to hold their hand.
Will Kraven The Hunter break their cycle of failure? The studio is pushing ahead with the story of one of Spider-Man’s greatest foes. Aaron Taylor-Johnson recently appeared at the CineEurope conference where he spoke to the crowd about the movie and described the character as:
“One of Marvel’s most iconic, notorious anti-heroes – Spider Man’s number one rival. [He’s] not an alien, or a wizard. He’s just a hunter, a human with conviction. An animal lover and a protector of the natural world. He’s a very, very cool character.”
This has raised some eyebrows as Kraven is a big-game hunter frequently draped in animal skins. Some are struggling to see how this fits with Taylor-Johnson’s comments that he is a protector of the natural world.
There is an opportunity here for Kraven The Hunter to perhaps make an interesting statement as to how hunting can actually be in tune with conservation in a lot of the world. How living off the land and only taking what is needed, with little waste, from carefully managed stock in pristine and protected environments is not as perceived in the West. Maybe this can be a conflict point between the antagonist and protagonist?
Who are we kidding? This is Sony-sub-Marvel.
One ray of hope is that Kraven The Hunter is being directed by J.C. Chandor, who is behind some truly great movies, including one of our favorites.
Kraven The Hunter is targeting a January 13th release.