Aaron Taylor-Johnson is no stranger to the MCU having played Quicksilver in Age of Ultron as well as Dave Lizewski in Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2 (initially published by Marvel Comics under the company’s Icon imprint and republished under Image Comics). Now it seems the actor is suiting up to play Kraven in a new solo film in Sony’s Extended Spider-Man Villain Universe, or whatever we want to call it now.
Earlier today, Deadline reported that Sony’s upcoming Marvel film ‘Kraven The Hunter’ (working title, maybe?) has cast its leading man in Johnson with a targeted release date of January 13, 2023.
According to reports, Johnson was cast relatively quickly after the studio was impressed with Johnson’s performance in Bullet Train, starring Brad Pitt where Johnson plays an assassin.
We don’t have any details on the plot or the antagonist of the film but so far it seems like Kraven will follow suit in the likes of Morbius and Venom where these villains/anti-heroes are viewed more as victims or misunderstood individuals that constantly appear opposite of Spider-Man. And while none of them are whom we would refer to as a hero, they all sort of shine in the hero spotlight in their solo films so we assume this will be the same for Kraven the Hunter.
While Aaron Taylor-Johnson is not exactly our first pick for the role, we really hope that he knocks it out of the park like he has so many times before in his acting career. That said, Jared Leto as Morbius still seems odd and we were never too impressed with Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom but to each their own.
Kraven The Hunter is to be directed by J.C. Chjandor and Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing. The release date is January 13, 2023.