Padding out more of the expanded series of Spider-Man films developed between Marvel and Sony, the rumored Kraven the Hunter movie is now setting sights on JC Chandor to direct. Chandor most-recently directed Triple Frontier, the military-heist actioneer, for Netflix, as well as the incredible A Most Violent Year back in 2014.
Little is known about the Kraven film other than it’s long circulation in the rumor-mill, with this new project being produced by Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad, from a script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
Kraven the Hunter is among the most-iconic of Spider-Man’s rogue’s gallery, a primal tracker, killer, and all-around nasty piece of business. The late-’80s story “Kraven’s Last Hunt” in The Amazing Spider-Man (written by JM DeMatteis, illustrated by Mike Zeck) remains the character’s peak appearance, and one of Spider-Man’s most-enduring stories. It’s unclear whether the proposed film would take any inspiration from Last Hunt, given the unlikelihood of the web-slinger’s appearance in the Sony production.
The extended slate of Spider-Man films at Sony is certainly growing to massive proportions, with Venom: Let There Be Carnage slated to hit theaters next June, and a sequel to the Oscar-winning Into the Spider-Verse in production for a 2022 release. The Jared Leto-led Morbius was shuffled to a March 21, 2021 release, but looks to flesh out Spidey’s slate of scumbags even further.
Days ago Olivia Wilde dropped a hint that she’d be directing a Spider-Woman film, further padding out the roster.
As for the Kraven movie, such a vast array of films and the just-breaking association of JC Chandor would imply the hunt is a ways off. Sony seems to be building a roster to rival Disney’s MCU output, and so a staggering of releases would mean we catch a glimpse of Kraven in years to come.