Kraven the Hunter sprang into action on Thursday to kick off CinemaCon in Las Vegas, with star Aaron Taylor-Johnson sending a video to give movie theater owners a first glimpse of the Sony film. The footage includes a look at Taylor-Johnson in costume, including Kraven’s signature coat.
Taylor-Johnson submitted a video introducing the footage and revealed that the film will be Sony’s first R-rated Marvel feature film.
“Will it be rated-R? Fuck Yeah, it’s rated R,” Johnson said.
The footage shows Kraven stopping a caravan of poachers and quickly killing them, including biting a man and spitting part of his skin at the camera. It also revealed that classic Spider-Man villain The Rhino will appear in the feature film.
Sony and Johnson are betting big on it Kraven, one of the more famous Spider-Man villains from the comics. When the studio announced its casting nearly two years ago, it touted that the actor had signed a multi-film contract to play the character, who debuted in 1964 in the The awesome Spider-Man No. 15, where he was introduced by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko.
Kraven is a change of pace for Johnson, who broke out starring in the comic book feature Super awesome in 2010 and had a role in 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron, but has largely eschewed major studio features. That sparked change with a small role in Christopher Nolan’s Basic principleas well as work in Sony’s Bullet train.
JC Chandor directs Kraven, with an October 6 release date and also starring Ariana DeBose, Fred Hechinger, Alessandro Nivola, Christopher Abbott, and Russell Crowe. In the comics, Kraven is a big game hunter who goes after Spider-Man. He was the focus of the 1980s classic “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” in which the villain buried Spider-Man alive and assumed his identity.
Sony controls the movie rights to Marvel’s Spider-Man, including a number of supporting characters. It has found success with features that cost far less than the typical superhero purse, such as Venom, which stunned worldwide with $856 million in 2018. Venom: Let there be carnage and Jared Leto’s Morbius followe,d with a third venom on the road, along with Mrs Web.