First trailer arrives for Kraven The Hunter

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Could Sony be on course for a critical and commercial success with its next Spidey spin-off? Kraven The Hunter’s trailer isn’t a bad start…

Whilst last year’s Morbius didn’t have too many fans (no, the ironic meme-toting crowd don’t count), the last Venom film did well commercially. Still though, Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off universe hasn’t yet boasted a film that has been both a resounding critical and commercial success. The long list of puzzlingly obscure projects that have been announced (and then in some cases, seemingly abandoned) haven’t added to the feeling of a success story either.

With that said, the first trailer has been released for Kraven The Hunter and well, consider me impressed. From an early acton scene that doesn’t look egregiously green-screened to a promising-looking turn from Russell Crowe, perhaps this project may yet provide the boost that Sony’s stable of Spidey side characters need. Oh, and did we mention it has an R-rating (that it certainly uses) and a costume faithful to the comic book?

Aaron Taylor-Johnson portrays the Russian immigrant Sergei Kravinoff, who is compelled to prove to the world that he is the greatest hunter to have ever lived. In the comic books, this often leads to Kraven hunting ‘the ultimate game’ in the form of Spider-Man to prove his superiority. Russell Crowe also features alongside Ariana DeBose and The White Lotus’ Fred Hechinger. If you do watch it though, we’d consider skipping the last 30 seconds or so as there’s a reveal in there that would have been a more fun surprise if it was kept under wraps.

The film releases in October, around the same time as Sony’s highly-anticipated Spider-Man 2 video game which also prominently features Kraven. If both projects end up being big hits, expect lots of people to be draping themselves in (hopefully faux) lion’s heads this winter as Kraven may be about to get a long overdue boost in popularity.

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