Sony Pictures, ever a studio that refuses to abide by any form of logic, has announced a movie about Kraven the Hunter.
If you don’t know who Kraven the Hunter is, allow me to explain. He’s a guy who wears a dumb lionskin jacket while hunting various dangerous animals. Every now and then, he hunts Spider-Man.
Kraven is not exactly Doctor Octopus. He’s hardly a villain that in any way rivals Spidey. His “powers” simply boil down to being good at smelling scent trails and lifting heavy objects.
Put simply: Kraven the Hunter is not a top-tier supervillain.
I have to admire Sony’s enthusiasm for building their Sinister Six comic book movie universe.
It’s very clear now that the studio is looking to put into play an “Avengers” style comic book team-up movie starring a series of supervillains.
“Venom” hasn’t even been released yet, but already Sony has announced “Silver and Black”, “Morbius”, “Silk”, and now “Kraven the Hunter”. The studio must really think that “Venom” is a cracking film if they expect it to be their “Iron Man”, kicking off a shared universe this big.
Of all the films that Sony has announced, the only one that I think has merit is “Silver and Black”, and even then, I’d have preferred if the movie focused solely on Black Cat rather than squeezing D-lister Silver Sable into the story as well.
What really confuses me about the Sony Marvel Cinematic Universe is the fact that these movies are all focusing on such weird characters.
Spider-Man has arguably the best rogues gallery of any Marvel character. Or any comic book character in general depending on how you feel about The Joker.
Doc Ock. Green Goblin. Rhino. Lizard. Sandman. Electro. Vulture.
But all of these characters have already been seen in live action. So, having burnt through a lot of these characters in substandard movies, Sony is scraping the bottom of the barrel to find anyone who might be able to carry a film.
If the best they can find is Kraven the Hunter, this series is in real trouble.
I guess that Disney probably has first pick of all the cool villains. One of the best unused characters, Mysterio, is rumored to be appearing in Spider-Man: Far From Home”.
But the question remains: if Sony doesn’t have access to any decent Spidey villains, should the studio even be trying to kick off a Sinister Six universe?
This is all theoretical of course. None of these movies will ever be made.
“Venom” is going to drastically underperform, because it comes to us from the same minds as “Amazing Spider-Man 2”.
Once this film tanks, Sony’s going to go very quiet about their Kraven film.
Then, in a year or so, they’ll announce a completely different attempt at kicking off a comic book universe. Or else they’ll just milk “Into the Spider-Verse” for all its sequel potential.
There is one good thing that could well come of this.
Once “Venom” fails and “Kraven the Hunter” is quietly cancelled, I suspect we might get a feature length Spider-Gwen movie.
That at least ought to be worth watching.