Sony has gotten itself into a bit of an odd spot with its Spider-Verse. Morbius, their most recent Marvel production, bombed at the box office and was blasted by reviewers and audiences alike, in contrast to their previous successes like the Venom movies and Spider-Man: No Way Home. They planned to release Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, as the next instalment in the Spider-Verse within a few months.
The original release date of January 13, 2023, has been postponed to October 6, 2023. It’s not surprising, considering how little we knew about Kraven before to its publication. Given the film’s impressive cast, the lack of a teaser trailer up until now was surprising. The film also stars Ariana DeBose (from West Side Story) as the antagonist Calypso, Fred Hechinger (from Fear Street) as Kraven’s brother and Spider-Man villain Chameleon, Russell Crowe (from Thor: Love and Thunder) as Kraven’s father, and Levi Miller (from The Lego Movie) as a younger Kraven. Kraven is one of the longest-running Spider-Man villains and has appeared in fan-favourite Spider-Man comic arcs like “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” but at this point, we know very little about the film’s premise.
The character has appeared in several Spider-Man media, including television series like The Spectacular Spider-Man and video games like Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, and even as a member of the supervillain team The Sinister Six. As a villain who pursues the famed Web-Head only for thrills, he is one of the most intriguing characters from a psychological perspective. As a result, it’s intriguing to consider where the picture may go with the character if Spider-Man weren’t involved.
Taylor-Johnson previously portrayed Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Kick Ass in the hero’s self-titled trilogy, so he is no stranger to major comic book roles. Kraven the Hunter has been considered for the big screen previously, but this will be his first real shot at it. The new release date for Madame Web is October 6, 2023, therefore Kraven the Hunter will be bringing his abilities to theatres on that date. This comes at the perfect moment for Spider-Man enthusiasts to make their own version of Kraven’s outfit for Halloween.
Sony’s upcoming Garfield animated picture is among the other movies that will be affected by the switch in release dates. In the meanwhile, you can watch Morbius on Netflix to get caught up on the Spider-Verse before Kraven’s big screen debut. There’s also the “More Fun Stuff Version” of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which is still playing in cinemas.