No Way Home Almost Had Kraven As Its Main Villain. Here’s Why It Didn’t!

Spider-Man: No Way Home is being said to be the culmination of the entire Spider-Man: Homecoming trilogy directed by Jon Watts. This puts the movie under a lot of pressure as this has been the third attempt at the character having a trilogy. But there is a major chance that the movie will end up delivering on the hype because it has a lot going on and fans can’t wait to see the entire movie unfold in the theaters. While the multiverse theory has been teased sufficiently in the past few Marvel Cinematic Projects, it was not the first choice for the writers of No Way Home. That means that we might have gotten to see a completely different villain than the one we got to see in the movie. Initially, Spider-Man: No Way Home almost had Kraven. We almost saw a face-off between Spider-Man and Kraven but things didn’t turn out that way.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Fans had been theorizing about what we will get to see in Spider-Man: No Way Home ever since we first heard about the movie bringing back villains from the past Spider-Man movies. This was quite a challenge as even though it was going to be the biggest form of fanservice, it couldn’t be imagined how the movie will explain bringing in these characters. Finally, the first trailer came out and it was clarified with the idea of the multiverse coming in the way thus revealing that the Sony Spider-Man movies are a part of the MCU multiverse. But things would have turned entirely differently if Jon Watts could have gone his own way into ending his Spider-Man trilogy.


No Way Home Almost Had Kraven As Its Villain

In an interview with Collider for the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Tom Holland revealed that there were different plans for the third film. He said:

For a long time, there was going to be a Kraven movie that was going to be the third movie because things weren’t working out and all sorts of different stuff. Jon [Watts] pitched me this Kraven movie, which actually was really cool. I don’t want to talk about it in case that movie ends up happening down the line, but it was fun.


But Why Not?

Kraven is one of the villains that have yet to be adapted into the big screen and the villains have actually gotten quite a massive fan-following. The previous villains in the Spider-Man Homecoming movies have been Mysterio and the Vulture and both were quite well established in the MCU and at the same time, both weren’t previously seen on the big-screen adaptation. Many fans had even theorized at the possibility of this villain following the end-credits scene of Far From Home. Now that Peter was on the run, someone could have hired Kraven the Hunter to take him down.


No Way Home Almost Had Kraven

But Sony has its own plan regarding the character since they are already working on a Kraven the Hunter project with J. C. Chandor directing and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the role. Just like Venom, there would be a major chance that this villain will come across Spider-Man because of the Sony Marvel deal. Both the studios are having some exciting moments considering Venom is now officially in the MCU following the post-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage. 


Plus, the things that Holland said that “weren’t working out” could have been the entire multiversal chaos that we are going to witness in the movie. It is fairly obvious that bringing all these villains back to the screen seems like something absolutely impossible but maybe it just took time for them to figure out. Each villain had to have properly explored and given a reason for such a return and maybe the writers found that means. But it wasn’t just about the story. Getting all the returning actors to agree and getting their contracts ready in time would have taken time. But because it was all ready and done, the entire Kraven second idea was dropped, or perhaps saved for the future.


We will clearly see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man meet the characters from the Sony Spider-Man Universe in the upcoming Spider-Man trilogy that was revealed by Amy Pascal. We are lucky that we are going to witness the Marvel Cinematic Universe bring back some of the more iconic villains that we had seen in the past renditions of Spider-Man.

Spider-Man: No Way Home will be released in theatres worldwide on December 17.

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