‘Kraven The Hunter’: Aaron Taylor-Johnson Confirms A Major Change To The Spider-Man Antihero

Sony’s Venom movies get more credit than they probably deserve simply because both did well at the box office. But when a movie such as Morbius duds, there’s really no way for Sony to hide it. In short, there are some big questions about the future of their Spider-Man spinoff movies, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson didn’t help matters with his recent comments regarding Kraven the Hunter.

Appearing at the  CineEurope conference (via Variety), Taylor-Johnson attempted to hype the upcoming Kraven movie’s arrival, first by overstating the character’s place among Spidey’s Rogues Gallery, calling him “one of Marvel’s most iconic, notorious anti-heroes — Spider Man’s number one rival.”

Um…Green Goblin, anyone? Hell, you could make a better case for Venom, Doc Ock, Carnage, but certainly not Kraven.

Whatever, though. Taylor-Johnson continued by expressing his excitement for the character because 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.”

I mean, that’s cool and all to be pumped to play Kraven. But unless there has been a serious change to the character, that doesn’t describe him at all. He’s a big game hunter. He wears animal pelts as his costume. In the comics, he sets out to kill Spider-Man because he considers him the ultimate prey. An animal conservationist he is not.

Is this Sony’s way of making a pure hero out of the Marvel antihero? If so, it sounds pretty bland already. Kraven the Hunter opens in theaters on January 13th 2023.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.