Sam Raimi Reveals He Wanted Kraven the Hunter for Spider-Man 4

Every director has that one film they conceptualized but was ultimately never realized, and sam raimi (Evil Dead, spider-man) is not different. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Raimi revealed his version of Spider-Man 4 with Tobey Maguire would have brought none other than Kraven the Hunter to the big screen. Of course, next year we will see the Spider-Man villain finally reach theaters with Aaron Taylor Johnson (kick-ass) in the role, though it’s tantalizing to imagine what the horror-centric director could have brought to his version.

Aside from discussing his new film, Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessRaimi also briefly touched on his vision for Spider-Man 4. Concept art from writer and illustrator Jeffrey Henderson has previously revealed that versions of Vulture and Mysterio were also set to appear. Raimi had wanted none other than John Malkovich to play Vulture, while it’s highly theorized that frequent collaborator Bruce Campbell was on board for a cameo as Mysterio. If nothing else, it sounds like this could have been a very crowded movie with Kraven also set to appear. Kraven did make a sneaky appearance as an Easter egg in Spider-Man: No Way Homewhich starred Maguire.

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Here’s what Raimi had to say in regard to Kraven being in Spider-Man 4:

“I missed Kraven the Hunter. We were going to work that character into the next “Spider-Man”; I always wanted to see Kraven fight Spider-Man on the big screen. I thought that would be really unique. He’s the ultimate hunter , and Spider-Man is like the most agile trickster of the skies. And I wanted to see Peter continue forward as a human being.”

Kraven will finally get his due next year, with Taylor-Johnson starring as the character in the film directed by J C Chandor (Margin Call, A Most Violent Year). Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), fred hechinger (The White Lotus), Levi Miller (Bread), Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night), and Alessandro Nivola (The Many Saints of Newark) round out the supporting cast. The character also appeared nearly in the recent Spider-Man: No Way Home prior to Marvel securing deals with the likes of Willem Dafoe, Jamie Foxxand alfred molina to reprise their villain roles.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is in theaters on May 6, 2022.


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