Following the record-breaking success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Sony is continuing to build out its own Spider-Man Universe, which began with Tom Hardy's Venom in 2018. Set to follow Jared Leto's Morbius, and ahead of production on the studio's upcoming Madame Web, Sony's next spin-off is confirmed to be Spider-Man's Kraven the Hunter starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Sony has yet to confirm if Spider-Man will play a role in the Spider-inspired spin-off, but Kraven the Hunter already has a stacked cast. Aaron Taylor-Johnson will be joined by West Side Story's Ariana DeBose as Calypso Ezili, Fred Hechinger as the Chameleon, Christopher Abbott as the film's primary villain Foreigner, and Russell Crowe, who's rumored to play Kraven's father.
With a January 13, 2023 release date and J.C. Chandor in the director's chair, filming for Kraven the Hunter has officially begun; and now, fans are getting their first look at the upcoming film's action scenes.
Action Scenes Revealed From Spider-Man's Kraven the Hunter
Twitter user @KravenSource has posted a series of car chase action sequences from Kraven the Hunter as it films in London, England, which offer a first look at Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Kraven played by a stunt double.
The first video shows a stunt double for Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Kraven hanging on to the side of a black van near London's St. Paul's Cathedral.
Another clip offers a closer look at Taylor-Johnson's stunt double in a formal white button down and slacks while in bare feet:
An additional video shows another angle of this action scene with Kraven focused on what's behind him as his van moves through traffic.
Lastly, Reddit user u/cyber2024 posted a video where Kraven appears to nearly lose his grip as the van swings around the corner, followed by him jumping on top of the quickly moving vehicle.
Filming is expected to continue in London on the 26th and 27th of March.
First Look at Kraven the Hunter in Action
Since the comics portray Kraven as a big game hunter who wears furs and pelts, just how Sony intends to adapt the character for today has been a topic of speculation. While fans don't yet know what the studio has planned for his look and costume, these videos from the set show some of his potential powers in action.
According to the comics, Kraven possesses a variety of superhuman abilities. Among them are enhanced senses such as sight, hearing, and smell, just like an animal.
While this footage only shows a few moments from an action sequence, it's worth noting that the stunt double's body language and movements are animalistic in quality. Perhaps Sony intends to lean into Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Kraven as a wild predator as opposed to a big game hunter?
As production continues, fans can expect to both see and hear more about this film. And, once Morbius makes its April 1 theatrical debut, audiences should gain a better idea of how Sony intends to handle its wall-crawler spin-offs, and whether a Spider-Man star will have a role in this adjacent universe.
Kraven The Hunter is set to debut in theaters on January 13, 2023.