The next film in Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man universe, Kraven The Hunter, may be filming sooner than expected. The universe, which already has two Venom films, Morbius, coming later this year, and multiple other spin-offs, is looking to kick things into overdrive thanks to the success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which just became the fourth highest grossing film of all-time domestically.
According to Murphy’s Multiverse, “Production start dates have always been tentative and now, more than ever, it’s important to keep that in mind, but assuming no delays, it sounds like Kraven the Hunter will begin production in the UK next month,” Charles Murphy reports. “Given the film’s January 2023 release date, it’s a very sensible timeline for principal photography, leaving plenty of time for any additional photography, which is always factored into these projects.”
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron) will be taking up the mantel of Kraven the Hunter. Sony execs were blown away by his performance in their upcoming action flick Bullet Train, which solidified his role. J.C. Chandor (Triple Frontier) is directing with Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Richard Wenk writing the screenplay. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will be producing the film.
For those unfamiliar with the character, Sergei Kravenoff was born in Russia and became a big game hunter later in life, mostly in Africa. After drinking a witch doctor’s poison, he gained super-strength, enhanced reflexes, and high stamina. This allowed him to bring down bigger animals such as elephants and Gorillas. After a while, he grew tired of big game hunting, due to it being easy, and focused his attention on Spider-Man. Several defeats later, he became one of six members of the notorious villain team, The Sinister Six.
The film’s tone will reportedly be a mix of Man on Fire and Logan. Chameleon is rumored to be the main antagonist. The film will hit theaters on January 13, 2023.