The superhero fandom is abuzz with news of show-stealing Kraven the Hunter footage unveiled at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Monday, April 24, 2023. According to The Hollywood Reporter, star Aaron Taylor-Johnson introduced the clip by assuring the audience the movie will be rated “R.” The gory footage played supported this claim.
Kraven the Hunter
According to reports, the footage includes Kraven facing off against a cadre of poachers. Naturally, the titular Hunter prevails. A description of the clip from THR states that it consists of the eponymous biting one man and then “spitting out part of his skin at the camera.” Kraven the Hunter will be the first R-rated Marvel movie for Sony. Previously, Marvel movies like Blade, Deadpool and Punisher: War Zone have borne an R-rating.
Kraven has enjoyed a long history in the panels of Marvel Comics. He made his debut in Amazing Spider-Man #15 by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Artie Simek. He is considered to be inspired by the character of Zaroff from the 1924 short story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. More recently, Kraven played a critical supporting role in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015a) #1 by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Maris Wicks, Rico Renzi and Clayton Cowles.
In addition to Kraven, the movie will boast several other recognizable Marvel Comics characters. These include Cameleon (Fred Hechinger) and The Rhino (Alessandro Nivola). This pair of characters will join the other Spider-Man supervillains who have recently been adapted to the big screen by Sony. Others consist of Morbius (Jared Leto) and Venom (Tom Hardy). Furthermore, the mid-credits scene for Morbius revealed The Vulture (Michael Keaton) had joined the Sony Marvel universe, too.
Cover and Deadpool card from The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015a) #1.
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