Spider-Man Spin-Off Kraven The Hunter Snags A Writer
You can’t swing a (black) cat without hitting a expanded cinematic universe these days. While a landmark decision to play nice with Marvel means that Peter Parker could join the Avengers for Infinity War, Sony still own the rights to the Spider-Man character and all his associated villains and supporting cast. Hence we have the soon-to-be-released Venom, animated alternate reality romp Into The Spider-Verse, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Silver Sable and Black Cat movie, and now we’ve got a writer confirmed for Kraven The Hunter.
Collider reports that The Equalizer 2‘s Richard Wenk has been tapped to pen the latest addition to Sony’s Spidey Cinematic Universe. After Venom, Kraven will be the second of Spider-Man’s nemeses to headline his own movie. In the comics, Sergei Kravinoff was a big game hunter and former member of the Russian aristocracy who considered capturing the wallcrawler to be his greatest challenge yet.
He memorably offed himself at the conclusion of the classic story Kraven’s Last Hunt although, as everyone knows, death is a rarely the end for a comic book character. Whether Tom Holland will make an appearance in Kraven The Hunter is unclear. Rumour has it he’ll be donning the blue-and-red pyjamas for a cameo in Venom, although how you narratively (and legally!) square the continuity of the MCU with these technically separate movies is a toughie.
Spider-Man: Homecoming was the highest-grossing superhero flick of last year which means, even presumably split with Disney, Sony took home a decent chunk of change. The hope with their Spidey spin-offs must be to replicate this success, but keep the entirety of the spoils.
The problem is that they won’t have the pull of being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a connection which has lured punters into making the films of even obscure comic characters like Guardians of the Galaxy box-office smashes. Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams headlining Venom will surely help in that case, but one can’t help but think Wenk isn’t quite the big name necessary to sell a Kraven The Hunter film…
Then again, what do I know? I’m still not convinced Venom would ever get made and, until I witness the finished product with my own two eyes, I still won’t be.