The villainous character, Kraven the Hunter first appeared in the 'Spider-Man' comics in 1964.
Kraven the Hunter (born Sergei Kravinoff) is an enemy of Spider-Man who first appeared in 1964's The Amazing Spider-Man comic, which was written by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The character is known for (as his name suggests) his tracking and hunting abilities. Variety reports that Kraven has had run-ins with not just Spider-Man but also Black Panther and Spider-Man's other nemesis, Venom. While he always had a unique ability to stalk and hunt with regular tools, his lust for power grew so much that he sought out a serum that gave him super-strength, stamina, and slowed his aging.
Russell Crowe to star alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson in #KravenTheHunter.— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) February 9, 2022
While his role is undisclosed, rumors say many of the main cast members will be a part of Kraven's family.
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Now, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play the role of the Kraven. Fans will remember that Taylor-Johnson has been in superhero movies several times. The 31-year-old starred in Kick-Ass in 2010, followed by the 2013 sequel, and in 2015, he played Pietro Maximoff in Marvel Studios' Avengers: Age of Ultron. The upcoming movie Kraven the Hunter will release on Jan. 13, 2023, Sony Pictures announced. The screenplay was written by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Richard Wenk. J.C. Chandor will direct the movie. Who else is joining the cast? The Gladiator star Russell Crowe! According to Comic Book, the actor will be in the film but details of his exact role are still unknown.
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Crowe is also no stranger to superhero flicks. He has already shot the upcoming MCU sequel, Thor: Love and Thunder for Taika Waititi, in which he'll play the role of Zeus. The Oscar winner confirmed the news on an Australian radio show. "Now, I'm gonna get on my bicycle, I'm gonna ride up to Disney-Fox studios... and round about 9:15, I shall be Zeus in Thor 4," Crowe, 57, said at the end of the interview. "It's my last day of Zeus-ing about." Not just part of the Marvel universe, Crowe also has an iconic role in the DC Movie Universe. The Australian actor played Superman's father, Jor-El, in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.
His outlook on being famous has changed over the years, he previously revealed to PEOPLE. "Being famous was fun," Crowe said, recalling the period between making L.A. Confidential and Gladiator. "It didn't come with any real pressure. It just meant that if you'd go in a restaurant, the maître-d was pleased to see you. If you were booking into a hotel, you got an upgrade if there was one available. Being famous was easy at that point." But after Gladiator, things changed. "That sort of took fame to the other place, where you are no longer you anymore," he said. "I thought through that period that I was making the right decision in not being so available and being humble in the face of that fame. But that's just not the way it was taken. It was taken in a different way. All of these things, the whole process of all of this stuff, it's all about what you learn and what you pick up as you go."