After the recent Venom sequel (Let There Be Carnage) grossed more than $500 million globally, Sony is riding high after Spider-Man: No Way Home became the highest-grossing box office of 2021 at $1.8 billion in international sales.
Ariana DeBose, a star of West Side Story, may just be preparing her next massive project. Kraven the Hunter, featuring Aaron Taylor Johnson as the title character, will be Sony Pictures’ next Marvel release, and the Academy Award-nominated actress from West Side Story will play a supporting part. Unconfirmed rumors claim that DeBose will portray Calypso in the film.
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About Kraven The Hunter Movie
Kraven is a well-known and fearsome foe of Spider-Man and a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Sony Pictures. He has faced off against Venom and Black Panther, among many others.
Kraven has an on-and-off relationship with voodoo priestess Calypso. In early 1980s Spider-Man comics, the character originally appears as a foe of the teenage web-slinger. As shown in the comics, she is able to use mind control, resurrection, and magic potions to her advantage.
The movie is scheduled for a January 13th, 2023 release date in theaters. In case you missed all the latest news in Singapore, the film will be directed by J.C. Chandor and produced by Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad. The entire thing was written by Richard Wenk, Matt Holloway, and Art Marcum.
Back in 2018, Wenk speculated that the film’s inspiration could be based on the popular comic storyline called Kraven’s Last Hunt.
She’s a perfect casting
For her riveting performance in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of West Side Story as Anita, DeBose is the current frontrunner to win the Oscar for the best-supporting actress this year. Additionally, she was awarded the outstanding performance award by a supporting female actress at the SAG Awards.
Previously, she was also a founding member of the Broadway cast of Hamilton and played in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix film adaption of The Prom. For her performance as Donna Summer in the hit musical named after the character, DeBose received a Tony nomination.
Matthew Vaughn’s action picture Argylle from Apple TV (starring Bryan Cranston, Samuel L. Jackson, Henry Cavill, and Dua Lipa) and Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s space thriller I.S.S. (with Pilou Asbaek and Chris Messina) are her next projects.
In addition to DeBose, Russell Crowe and Fred Hechinger have been cast as Chameleon and a secret character in the Sony/Marvel projects.
More casting info
Many SG news outlets indicate that Christopher Abbott will be joining Kraven the Hunter as a new character. The journal speculates that Abbot could play the film’s major antagonist, the Foreigner, although this has not been verified.
The titular character “Foreigner” is a Spider-Man foe with hypnotic trance-inducing abilities in the comics. Otherwise, he is a danger because of his proficiency in martial arts and artillery. In the course of learning further about Kraven the Hunter’s story, we’ll witness how this figure is portrayed on the silver screen.
What we can expect to see
Kraven the Hunter’s big-screen debut has been the subject of much discussion for some time now. As a foreshadowing for his debuts in The Sinister Six and The Amazing Spider-Man 3, director Marc Webb announced in 2014 that one of the character’s weapons is shown in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 before both projects were canceled.
Black Panther director Jon Watts has expressed regret that he didn’t include Kraven in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Ryan Coogler has said that he planned to use the villain in Black Panther in 2018.
As the main protagonist of 2010’s Kick-Ass, Aaron Taylor-Johnson reprised his role film debut alongside Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Ironically, Taylor-Johnson got chosen in Avengers: Age of Ultron as the MCU’s rendition of Quicksilver after portraying the impotent vigilante in a 2013 sequel. If he becomes the Russian-born Kraven the Hunter throughout the impending solo film, the British actor would have to drop his Sokovian accent altogether.