Written By Kieran Bugg
Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter nearly became an MCU foe. In fact, Kraven the Hunter had three chances. It didn’t happen.
Marvel Studios originally planned to have Kraven The Hunter as the Big Bad for Tom Holland’s first trilogy.
We’ve seen several criminals from Spider-Man’s sinister rogues’ gallery fight him.
This is across eight live-action movies and three separate universes.
Most of which made an explosive return in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Nevertheless, there are still a handful of foes that haven’t yet had the chance to go toe-to-toe with Spider-Man.
Spider-Man Villain Kraven The Hunter Once Intended For The MCU
Kraven The Hunter is among them.
Indeed, fans have been eager to see Kraven the Hunter in live action.
After all, he’s among the classic Stan Lee–Steve Ditko creations.
Sony cast Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kraven the Hunter in a spin-off film.
However, it turned out he was planned to be the main villain the MCU’s solo Spider-Man movies.
Specifically, this was during the early drafts.
During a recent interview, Spider-Man: No Way Home co-writer Chris McKenna revealed Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige who ultimately decided to bring back Spider-Man’s previous enemies.
We were coming up with different storylines… so inevitably we were like, ‘Well, what if Kraven, what if other villains?’ We were kicking around a lot of different ideas. And then finally one day, I think for various reasons, there were reasons why we couldn’t do certain storylines that, I think it was Kevin who goes, ‘Remember that idea with all the villains that we were talking about for a tag? That Sinister Six idea? Why don’t we just do it in the movie? Make this movie about that?’ and then that just sort of blew everything open.
Kraven the Hunter in Holland’s first three Spider-Man adventures didn’t come to fruition.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of Kraven the Hunter in the MCU.
In fact, he could be in Holland’s College Trilogy.
Tellingly, Kraven the Hunter did have a small cameo appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
He showed up as a silhouette.
In other words, he will tangle with Holland’s Spider-Man.