Aaron Taylor-Johnson was able to evoke his character of Kraven the Hunter, sworn enemy of Spider-Man.< /p>
Somehow, Sony continues its way of the cross, paved with films on the various enemies of Spider-Man, in the absence of the latter. Making an independent and exciting comic book antagonist for the cinema has always been a risky business, but one that can pay off (hello Jokerby Todd Phillips). However, the latest results around the Spider-verse are rather alarming, the disaster Morbius, both in terms of box office and critical and public feedback, however, did not strengthen the confidence of the spectators on the Sinister Six project.
Nothing that prevents Sony for the moment from continuing its delirium since after Venom and Morbius, it will be Kraven the Hunter's turn to prove himself(or not) in his own feature film. Opponent of Spider-Man never before adapted to the big screen (like Morbius), he will appear for the first time in the guise of Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
And precisely, the actor has just finished shooting the film in England. On the occasion of the promotion of Bullet Trainand his presence at the CineEurope conference, he was able to provide some initial information and impressions of what his character will be.
“He's one of Marvel's most well-known and iconic anti-heroes, Spider-Man's #1 rival. He's not an alien or a wizard. He's just a hunter, a human with beliefs. An animal lover, who is also a protector of the natural world. A very, very cool character.”
While Kraven is indeed considered a tough opponent of the urban hero, having even been able to defeat him on some occasions, he also remains a cruel and lawless killer. Hunting for pleasure and trophies (in rather bad taste), he is generally quite far from a benevolent image of a nature protector or an environmental warrior: the gentleman still wears a lion's head as a jacket.
The fact that Kraven is neither an alien nor a wizard, that he is simply a human, generally reinforces the whole primary meaning of his immense brutality and disdain for wildlife. He may be “cool”, but let's hope that the almost systematic will of Sony films so far to change these villains into mildly virtuous anti-heroes, does not come to lukewarm the promising character of Kraven. From a ruthless hunter, capable of terrifying Spider-Man himself, it would be a shame to have a game warden superhero instead.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson also mentioned that the film was mostly shot outside the studio, in natural settings. Nothing crazy, but it's always good to take, whether for the hunting scenes or to reinforce this link between Kraven and nature. As a reminder, the film is directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All is lost) who is having his baptism of fire here in superhero films. As for Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he is not at his trial run in the genre: he has already been Kick-Ass or Quicksilver in Avengers: The Age of 'Ultron.
The rest of the cast includes Russell Crowe, among others, and more news may be announced during San Comic-Con. Diego next July. If the schedule doesn't change by then, we should see Kraven the Hunter in our theaters on January 13, 2023.