First Look at Spider-Man's Rhino Villain's Live-Action Return In 2023 Movie

By Richard Nebens Updated:
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Sony Pictures' newest live-action Spider-Man movie, set to release in October 2023, just had its first trailer show off the first look at the latest take on Rhino.

Known as one of the web-slinger's most iconic villains, the Rhino has an extensive history in all media, most recently being seen in the 2018 Spider-Man game for the PlayStation 4

He was also used as a very minor villain in 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 behind a performance from Paul Giamatti, with rumors even hinting that he'd come back for 2021's Spider-Man: No Way Home, although that never came to be.

First Look at Kraven Movie's Rhino Revealed (Photos)

Sony Pictures shared the first full trailer for 2023's Kraven the Hunter, which will deliver the newest live-action take on the classic Spider-Man villain, the Rhino.


Alessandro Nivola's Alexei Sytsevich is seen in a dark metal room experimenting on himself as the skin on his arm slowly transforms into a rhino hide, with the character teasing his villainous turn:

"There is an animal in each one of us. Don't you want to know why they call me the Rhino?"

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Seconds later, Sytsevich's arm fully morphs into that of an anthropomorphic rhino, which was teased in early footage shown at CinemaCon in April.

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The full Kraven the Hunter trailer can be seen below:

Will Spider-Man's Rhino Villain Work for Kraven Movie?

The first official trailer for Kraven the Hunter put some wild events into motion, including a take on the Rhino that fans have never seen in any movie or TV show.

This is the first time that Alexei Sytsevich has been seen as more of a mutant-like character, with both the PS4 version and Paul Giamatti's take from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

It also ties back to the way that Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Kraven gets his powers in the first place, with the blood of a lion dripping into his body and making him an even more formidable hunter elsewhere in the trailer.

For now, it's still unclear exactly where Rhino fits into this unique Sony solo movie, especially with much of the plot focused on Kraven's tumultuous relationship with his father, played by Thor: Love and Thunder and Man of Steel's Russell Crowe.

And with Alessandro Nivola bringing this terrifying villain to life for Sony's Spider-Man Universe, his upcoming battle with Kraven will be hopefully one that gets Sony on the right track with its superhero saga.

Kraven the Hunter will arrive in theaters on October 6.

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- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.