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Exclusive: ‘Kraven the Hunter’ Movie Lands ‘Equalizer’ Writer Richard Wenk

Hot off the success of The Equalizer 2, screenwriter Richard Wenk is being brought on to write a Kraven the Hunter movie for Sony Pictures, multiple sources tell Collider.

Back in June 2017, THR reported that Sony was planning to expand the Spider-Man universe with films like Silver & Black, while “other projects will focus on Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio,” so news of the solo Kraven project itself is more than a year old. However, now that Sony is in the process of hiring a writer, it’s a strong sign that the studio is getting serious about expanding the non-Spider-Man Spidey universe and that the Kraven movie is heating up.

Also known as Sergei Kravinoff, Kraven the Hunter is one of Spider-Man’s best known and most formidable enemies, as well as the half-brother of the Chameleon. The character has appeared in numerous Spider-Man properties including animated series, video games and of course, the Marvel comics, including the popular story Kraven’s Last Hunt. Kraven is known for hunting big game, but what is Kraven without his white whale Spider-Man, who he considers his ultimate trophy? That’s what Wenk will be tasked with figuring out, as Spider-Man himself is still tied up solely in the Marvel Cinematic Universe while films like Kraven and Venom exist in their own separate universe with no Marvel Studios oversight. Wenk will also be tasked with introducing Kraven the Hunter to movie audiences, as the character has never appeared on the big screen before.

Quite frankly, the future of Kraven and other spinoffs will likely be determined by how Venom performs at the global box office. One big question that still surrounds Venom is whether that film will be rated R or PG-13. The latter rating would allow Venom to dovetail with Spider-Man down the line, while an R-rating would indicate that Sony is willing to chase a different, more adult audience. That gamble paid off for Fox and Deadpool, but it might be too risky for Sony, given all that’s at stake. And besides, if Sony was going to go the R-rated route, it probably would’ve announced that intention by now. If Venom is going to be killing and eating people in a violent fashion, it may be tough for Sony to put the character into a more family-friendly Spider-Man movie down the line, as the tone of each film would clash with rather than compliment each other. Either way, if Venom is a success, I’d expect Kraven to chase the same audience, and if Venom underperforms, I could see Sony going in the opposite direction in terms of what rating future spinoffs would chase.

And speaking of the studio, sources say that Sony executive Palak Patel has been instrumental in exploring new directions to take the Spidey universe under the supervision of Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch. Patel isn’t in charge of Sony’s universe of Marvel characters in the way that Walter Hamada is in charge of DC movies at Warner Bros. — for example, Patel isn’t involved in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which was overseen by Kristine Belson at Sony Pictures Animation, who reports directly to Tom Rothman — but as one of Panitch’s direct reports, he is often pulled into development meetings for films based on Marvel characters. So while Patel did work on Venom, he also worked on Superfly, so Marvel movies are hardly his sole focus at Sony.

Sony is high on Wenk after The Equalizer 2 opened to $36 million, which is nearly $2 million more than the first film. The sequel has grossed $68 million at the domestic box office in less than two weeks of release, while the original took in nearly $200 million worldwide. Wenk’s previous credits include 16 Blocks, The Mechanic, The Expendables 2, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven. He’s represented by the Gersh Agency and the Arlook Group, neither of which responded to requests for comment.
That's now two of Spidey's better villains that will have nothing to do with him in the movies.
 

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Fucking shit.

Sony: We're willing to make a deal to give you Spider-Man in the MCU

Marvel: Awesome!

Sony: Hold on, there's one catch.

Marvel: What's that?

Sony: You can't use any popular character that's ever appeared in a Spider-Man comic other than Peter himself. No Mary Jane, no J Jonah Jameson, no Green Goblin, no Doctor Octopus, no Venom, no Carnage, no Kraven, no Uncle Ben, no Harry Osborn, etc.

Marvel: Geez. I guess we'll just have to buy you when these solo movies make you bankrupt. :shrug
 

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Back in June 2017, THR reported that Sony was planning to expand the Spider-Man universe
What universe ? They rebooted it for nothing, had to lend the character to Disney and are now doing a Venom movie with little to no Spider-Man in it.

Fuck Sony, just sell the rights to Disney and let them do justice to Spidey.

PS : I'll say this again, The Scorpion'd better be in the sequel.
 

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Fucking shit.

Sony: We're willing to make a deal to give you Spider-Man in the MCU

Marvel: Awesome!

Sony: Hold on, there's one catch.

Marvel: What's that?

Sony: You can't use any popular character that's ever appeared in a Spider-Man comic other than Peter himself. No Mary Jane, no J Jonah Jameson, no Green Goblin, no Doctor Octopus, no Venom, no Carnage, no Kraven, no Uncle Ben, no Harry Osborn, etc.

Marvel: Geez. I guess we'll just have to buy you when these solo movies make you bankrupt. :shrug
Really? Fucking shit. I really want to see a superior spiderman arc and the later goblin story arc where he forces Peter to give up the spider suit otherwise goblin would kill his family.

It would require a lot of world building and spiderman to become hugely popular though. But the superior spiderman story arc was good I know that it's maligned but I think it can be pulled off

What universe ? They rebooted it for nothing, had to lend the character to Disney and are now doing a Venom movie with little to no Spider-Man in it.

Fuck Sony, just sell the rights to Disney and let them do justice to Spidey.

PS : I'll say this again, The Scorpion'd better be in the sequel.
Isn't mysterio the big bad in the coming movie?
 

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I’ve never been convinced that Kraven would be any good on film. Comics, video games, cartoons, definitely. Granted it’s been years since I’ve read his story in any of the Spidey comics. But in a live action film, I just think he’d be unimpressive. Kind of like how the Lizard was in Amazing Spiderman.
 

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When is The Spot getting his own movie?



Enough Sony. You suck at making movies, even non-superhero movies. Just give all the rights to Marvel.
 
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Isn't mysterio the big bad in the coming movie?
Indeed, but Keaton is set to return and Mac Gargan appeared briefly in Homecoming, including the mid-credits scene in which he had a talk with Vulture in prison.

Wikipedia says he's in the sequel, Imdb doesn't. So I have no idea if he will return but that would be a terrible waste because Michael Mando is amazing and the character would make a great super-villain in the MCU, given how cool they made the Vulture.
 

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Sony...why are you making Spider-Man villain movies without Spider-Man?

This seems like a fruitless effort.
 

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Just give Spidey back to Marvel, for fuck's sake!


And while I'm at it, Universal, give back the Hulk distribution rights.


And the distribution rights to Namor; give them back too.
 
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Indeed, but Keaton is set to return and Mac Gargan appeared briefly in Homecoming, including the mid-credits scene in which he had a talk with Vulture in prison.

Wikipedia says he's in the sequel, Imdb doesn't. So I have no idea if he will return but that would be a terrible waste because Michael Mando is amazing and the character would make a great super-villain in the MCU, given how cool they made the Vulture.
You think if Eddie brocks venom becomes a standalone that the mac gargan venom will take his place? He was almost as psychotic as carnage due to having previous defeats against spiderman
 

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You think if Eddie brocks venom becomes a standalone that the mac gargan venom will take his place? He was almost as psychotic as carnage due to having previous defeats against spiderman
That could work, I mean, Mando was so good at playing psychos they created the Vaas character just for him in Far Cry 3.
But please let me have the Scorpion in a movie, just once :sasha3
 

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I'm not familiar with these characters so can somebody explain the end game to me? If you build them up as great villains but they can never be in Spiderman movies then what's the point? If you make them cool, sympathetic antiheroes aren't you betraying their roots? Do we see a future with a Kraven 2, Venom 3 and/or Avengers-like team up of villains reshaped as good guys? Are these just one-and-dones to fill Sony's slate and capitalize on the comic book movie craze? That seems like the most likely answer but like I said, I don't know these characters and where they can be taken.
 

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I'm not familiar with these characters so can somebody explain the end game to me? If you build them up as great villains but they can never be in Spiderman movies then what's the point? If you make them cool, sympathetic antiheroes aren't you betraying their roots? Do we see a future with a Kraven 2, Venom 3 and/or Avengers-like team up of villains reshaped as good guys? Are these just one-and-dones to fill Sony's slate and capitalize on the comic book movie craze? That seems like the most likely answer but like I said, I don't know these characters and where they can be taken.
Venom can. Not so much Kraven.
 
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