Heroic Hollywood is running a story about how some folks over at Sony are researching one Sergei Kravinoff, who is more commonly known as Kraven the Hunter. An enemy of Spider-Man, Kraven is also the half-brother of Spidey nemesis Chameleon. You’ve just gotta love comic book craziness like that!
Is it true that Sony’s story department is taking a deeper look at Kraven as we speak? It seems likely. Does that mean he is definitely our next onscreen nemesis for Peter Parker? Not necessarily, but he certainly has a shot at the title.
Things are still in flux on Marvel’s Untitled Spider-Man Reboot at the moment. The film has a star (Tom Holland), it has some supporting cast members (Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei), it has writers (Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley), and it has a director (Jon Watts). Beyond that, things are still in motion.
Marvel has their long-term goals for Spider-Man in place. They know what supporting characters they want to introduce now (or at a later date) and build on with subsequent films. This includes not only Parker’s friends and family, but also his foils. It is highly likely that Norman Osborn will show up in some capacity, though not as Green Goblin just yet. It’s highly likely that a few other future supervillains will be shown or referenced in civilian form. Marvel has plenty of time to build Spidey’s world within the MCU and they are not rushing things.
So what’s going on with the villain or villains for their initial film? In-progress decision making. Marvel absolutely wants to redo Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Venom, etc. within the MCU at some point, but they have no desire to do them right away. I’ll be a little surprised if we see any of them in their classic supervillain roles for awhile. That means that Marvel must turn elsewhere for Spidey baddies for at least the first film or so.
So who are they looking at? Kraven is one. Our sources have confirmed that much. There are others, however. About a handful overall. Could they be the two mentioned in that (almost entirely bogus) big cast sheet from a few weeks back? Could Scorpion and Vulture be in the mix? Certainly. As could Kraven’s half-brother Chameleon or other classic villains like Mysterio. I’m sure all are being looked it.
The bottom line is that it’s just too early to tell at this stage. The villain or villains that Peter faces come Summer 2017 could be one or a combination of the above-mentioned foes. It could also be someone (or someones) else entirely. Until we get a lot closer to production, we’re not going to get much of an idea one way or the other.
That said, I’d expect casting of the main supporting characters in Peter’s life (Uncle Ben, Flash Thompson, J. Jonah Jameson, Norman Osborn, etc.) to continue to arrive over the next few months. Those are roles that will be constant and not dependent on this new film’s standalone narrative, so they are much easier to cast without a locked script.
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