Kraven the Hunter’s character breakdown signals a close connection to Spider-Man and a potential avenue into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Kraven has always been one of the most distinct and memorable Spider-Man villains. He’s had his own film in development for decades, although there has been little movement about it, until recently. With Spider-Man preparing to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, could the deadly hunter be heading there too?
KRAVEN SHOWING UP IS A BIG DEAL
The Illuminerdi has seen the casting grid for the potential Kraven the Hunter solo film, and it could have a direct impact within the MCU. It seems like Kraven will be very similar to the version from the core Marvel Comics universe. He’s specifically referred to as a “maniacal big game hunter” in it, much like his comic’s counterpart.
But unlike Venom and Morbius (which largely tried not to refer to Spider-Man directly), Kraven is also specifically mentioned to be hunting Spider-Man. This puts him square center in the middle of the MCU, making their antagonism a core part of the character and begging for a confrontation.
The casting recommendations leave a lot of details open, but one specific casting desire is for a Bourne-esque figure, who is in their late thirties or forties. Considering how Spider-Man: Far From Home ended, Spider-Man could easily end up being on the run throughout the film. This would allow the villain to try and track him down on the largest scale possible, with the entire world watching and believing he’s killed Mysterio. Kraven being a bounty hunter even suggests that other similar villains could be after Spider-Man as well.
It could even put the character into the orbit of other villains like Vulture and Scorpion, potentially bringing another member of the Sinister Six together. It’s increasingly looking like the Sinister Six will be making their cinematic debut, especially if Kraven is around and popular enough on his own.