Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi recently discussed Sony's canceled Spider-Man 4 film and the supervillains that could have and would have been, had the franchise continued. That includes the classic antagonist, Kraven the Hunter.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Raimi talked about some of the elements he missed working on back then. He said, "I missed Kraven the Hunter. We were going to work that character into the next Spider-Man; I always wanted to see Kraven fight Spider-Man on the big screen. I thought that would be really unique. He’s the ultimate hunter, and Spider-Man is like the most agile trickster of the skies. And I wanted to see Peter continue forward as a human being."
But Kraven would not have been the only supervillain Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man would have faced had the film been made. Concept art for Spider-Man 4 previously surfaced, revealing plans for at least one battle between the Web-Slinger and Adrian Toomes, also known as the Vulture. The artwork depicted an aerial battle in which Spider-Man deployed a web trick that has yet to be brought to the big screen: web-parachutes.
Of course, Kraven is set to hit the big screen after all, with Sony Pictures currently filming the Kraven the Hunter film in the UK. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the titular supervillain. He will be joined by actors Russell Crowe, Levi Miller and Alessandro Nivola, all of which are in currently undisclosed roles. In addition, J.C. Chandor is attached as director. The film is the fourth major entry in Sony's Spider-Man Universe, following Venom and its sequel, and the recently released Morbius. It is expected that all of these villains will eventually encounter each other as the shared universe develops.
Raimi may have moved on from the Spider-Man franchise, but audiences evidently have not. Following actor Tobey Maguire's appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home, audiences have petitioned and called for the continuation of Raimi's genre-defining franchise.
Raimi himself recently touched on the subject. While he did not provide any announcements or specific desire to produce a fourth Spider-Man film, he did tease, "Anything is possible... in the Marvel universe, any team-ups. I love Tobey. I love Kirsten Dunst. I think all things are possible."
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to hit theaters on May 6.
Source: Rolling Stone