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Sony, Marvel Considered Kraven the Hunter for All Three Spider-Man Films


Popular Spidey foe Kraven the Hunter nearly debuted in all three Tom Holland Spider-Man films, but Marvel and Sony ultimately passed each time.

While it may not come as a surprise that Kraven the Hunter nearly made it into the multiversal cast of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the film’s writers revealed that one of Spidey’s oldest and deadliest foes was actually considered for all three movies in the Homecoming trilogy.

No Way Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers recently discussed just how close Kraven was to making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut. During an interview with The Wrap, McKenna revealed Kraven appeared in drafts as the villain of not only No Way Home but Homecoming and Far From Home as well. McKenna noted, “I don’t think there’s been a draft of any of the Spider-Man movies where Kraven the Hunter didn’t…” “Wasn’t the villain, yeah,” Sommers finished.


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McKenna went on to reveal that The Hunter was initially written as the main antagonist of No Way Home before bringing back villains from older Spider-Man films was even considered. “We were coming up with different storylines… so inevitably we were like, ‘Well, what if Kraven, what if other villains?’ We were kicking around a lot of different ideas,” McKenna said. It was ultimately Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige who came up with the idea to do a Sinister Six movie, which McKenna said, “just blew everything open.”


McKenna also touched on how the delayed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness forced the writers to tweak No Way Home‘s script, which was originally written to be set after Multiverse of Madness. “When we started breaking the story and even started writing the script, we followed Doctor Strange 2 in the timeline,” McKenna said. “So then during pre-production, things got pushed and changed… [We were] dealing with the idea, if we’re going to use Doctor Strange, where is Doctor Strange in his life and how are we coming off of that movie and how is it going to affect this story?”

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While fans can catch more of Doctor Strange when Multiverse of Madness hits theaters in May, those eagerly anticipating Kraven’s live-action debut may have to wait until Sony releases its Kraven the Hunter film starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson in early 2023. Until then, however, fans can look closely at No Way Home for their live-action Kraven fix instead, as Kraven’s silhouette can be seen in the multiversal rift during No Way Home‘s finale. This could even be setting up a future appearance alongside Rhino and Scorpion, whose silhouettes can also be seen.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing exclusively in theaters.


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Source: The Wrap

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