Poor Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters (or whatever the hell it’s called): no less than an hour after word broke that Triple Frontier director J.C. Chandor had been tapped to helm a solo Kraven the Hunter film, reports came out that Ben Affleck would be returning at Batman in The Flash, absolutely burying any potential excitement for or conversation about Kraven the Hunter.
Now, while the Ben Affleck-returning-as-Batman news is obviously more inherently exciting — especially when considering he’ll be doing so alongside Michael Keaton’s Batman — the news of a Kraven the Hunter film still deserves its own time to shine, as the character is one fan’s have been hoping to see ever since Spider-Man made his cinematic debut back in 2002.
Even with Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Morbius postponed until 2021, Sony Pictures is continuing to build up its slate of Marvel films. Sources tell Deadline that J.C. Chandor is in talks to direct Sony’s Kraven the Hunter, the latest film to gain momentum in the studio’s Universe of Marvel Characters.
Sony is continuing to build a healthy development slate of Spider-Man characters to rival other studios’ comic book pics currently in development. Besides Venom 2 and Jared Leto’s Morbius, the studio also recently set S.J. Clarkson to direct its untitled Madame Web pic and tapped Marc Guggenheim to write its Jackpot movie. The next installment in the Spider-Man franchise also begins shooting this winter. [via Deadline]
Arguably one of Spider-Man’s most iconic villains, fans of the friendly web-slinging spider have been craving Kraven on the big screen for years now, especially if the story will be similar to Kraven’s Last Hunt, one of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever told.
A Kraven the Hunter film isn’t the only Spidey-related piece of news to drop this week, as reports also indicate that Olivia Wilde (Booksmart) has been tapped to helm a solo Spider-Woman film.