Once you’re on his list, there’s only one way off it. On Monday, Sony Pictures unveiled the first trailer for its next Marvel installment, Kraven the Hunter, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the titular role. Judging by this initial look, we’re in for a bloody, gory good time. 

Sergei Kravinoff, aka Kraven the Hunter, is on a mission to prove he’s the greatest hunter in the world; however, the trailer hones in on Kraven’s relationship with his father (played by Russell Crowe). Kraven’s origin story unravels onscreen during a fateful hunting trip with his dad. His abusive father leaves Kraven to die after a lion attack. Still, our eponymous villain rises like a phoenix from the brink of death, becoming the superpowered being he is today. 

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Additionally, the trailer showcases Ariana DeBose‘s Calypso, a voodoo priestess with close ties to Kraven. Alessandro Nivola also features as Aleksei Sytsevich, aka The Rhino. The trailer’s final shot puts Aleksei’s transformation into The Rhino on display. Christopher Abbott appears as The Foreigner, as does Fred Hechinger as Dmitri Smerdyakov, aka Chameleon, Kraven’s half-brother in the Marvel comics. 

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Marvel trailer without tons of high-octane action sequences. Taylor-Johnson is perfectly suited for this role as he crashes through windows, leaps between vehicles and rips off body parts with his bare hands (and teeth). It’s grisly and horrific regarding the bloody aspects, not so much on a standard horror flick scale but on a Marvel scale. 

Kraven burst onto the comic book scene in The Amazing Spider-Man #15 in August 1964 from the minds of Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. He’s Spider-Man’s most powerful foe. He’s also an adversary of Black Panther and Tigra. Kraven is one of the founding members of the Sinister Six. 

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Kraven the Hunter stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ariana DeBose, Christopher Abbott, Fred Hechinger, Alessandro Nivola and Russell Crowe. J.C. Chandor directs from a screenplay by Matt Holloway, Art Marcum and Richard Wenk, with characters created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. 

Villains aren’t born; they’re made. Brace yourself for a new antagonist when Kraven the Hunter racks up quite the body count on Friday, October 6, 2023. Watch the trailer below. 

What are your film theories? What do you hope to see? Sound off in the comments! 


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