Keanu Reeves Rejected Kraven the Hunter Role:
As of recently, Keanu Reeves was approached by Sony Pictures, a role to lead the solo spin-off Kraven. Part of the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters home to Tom Hardy’s Venom and Jared Leto’s Morbius, Kraven is described as a “mashup” between R-rated action-dramas Man on Fire and Logan. If Reeves was to accept the offer, it would end the studio’s years-long hunt for its Sergei Kravinoff and would mark the Matrix and John Wick franchise star’s first superhero movie role since portraying DC’s John Constantine in 2005’s Constantine.
Even though fans really want Reeves to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the fans feel otherwise when it comes to the role of Kraven. Fans believe that it should be Karl Urban to play the role as he fits the description perfectly, according to the fans. But the problem with that is, Karl Urban has already been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Asgardian Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok. Karl Urban is currently starring as a smug Supes-hater Billy Butcher in Amazon’s mature superhero satire The Boys, Urban became a trending topic on Twitter amid word the Spider-Man studio officially submitted the offer to Reeves. According to the report, Sony has not reached a deal with the Matrix and John Wick franchise star.
When The Equalizer writer Richard Wenk signed on to script Kraven in 2018, Wenk told DiscussingFilm the spin-off would “adhere very closely to the lore” of the Sinister Six villain who would “come face to face with Spider-Man.” Describing Kraven as a “very grounded character,” Wenk said the studio was circling Kraven’s Last Hunt, the character’s most famous storyline, and was determining “whether this is the precursor to that movie or will include it.” “It’s all in the mix, everybody is excited about it because everybody wants to make the right movie and the classic movie, and nobody’s rushing to churn out some character movie because it’s part of that world,” Wenk said at the time. “It’s nice to see everybody hunker down and say, ‘What is the right movie to tell?’ It’s an origin story, obviously, so it’ll be the first time people will see Kraven and not the last, but it will be the first one. You just throw everything up on the wall and see the right movie to tell.”
Keanu Reeves is still on the hunt for a superhero movie role after passing on playing Kraven the Hunter in a Spider-Man spin-off, according to a new report. Reeves was approached for the role but passed on Kraven “months ago,” according to scooper Skyler Shuler of TheDisInsider. Marvel Studios chief and Spider-Man producer Kevin Feige, who is not involved with Kraven, previously told ComicBook.com Marvel approaches Reeves “for almost every film we make” and that the studio wants to “figure out the right way” to bring the actor into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In August, Sony tapped Netflix’s Triple Frontier filmmaker J.C. Chandor to direct Kraven for producers Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Matt Tolmach (Venom: Let There Be Carnage). Writers include Richard Wenk (The Equalizer), and scripting duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man, Sony’s Uncharted). It was in August that Sony was reported to be seeking a Joel Kinnaman-type actor for an undisclosed role in its untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel, speculated by some to be Kraven the Hunter. There are theories the still-untitled Spider-Man 3 pits Peter Parker (Tom Holland) against the deadly duo of Kraven and Scorpion (Michael Mando), a.k.a. Mac Gargan, after Spider-Man: Homecoming ended with the jailed villain seeking revenge against the web-slinging superhero.
After starting Kraven in late 2018, Wenk told DiscussingFilm that his script would “adhere very closely to the lore” of Kraven the Hunter, who would “come face to face with Spider-Man.” On comic book inspirations, Wenk said, “I think that what we’re all circling is ‘Kraven’s Last Hunt’ and whether this is the precursor to that movie or will include it. We’re talking about those things. And even the idea that maybe Kraven could be like Kill Bill where we’re basically writing two movies.”
Sony Pictures has not set a release date for Kraven. The studio plans to open Venom: Let There Be Carnage in theaters on June 25, followed by Spider-Man 3 on December 17, and Morbius on January 21, 2022. Who’s your pick to play Kraven the Hunter? Let us know in the comments below.