“Spider-Man” Director Talks Potential Next Villain


Filmmaker Jon Watts continues doing press for “Spider-Man: Far from Home” this week and, with the film’s success, talk has obviously turned towards sequels and potential villains.

We heard the other day that the plan, for now, is to once again do a villain that hasn’t been portrayed on screen in previous films – ruling out Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Hobgoblin, Venom, Lizard, Rhino and Electro.

You can also rule out the previous villains of the current film era with Vulture and Mysterio (and Shocker to some extent), Spider-Verse baddie Kingpin, marked for the “Venom” sequel Carnage, and potentially the recent PS4 game’s main villain Mister Negative.

That makes the most notable absentees at this point being Kraven the Hunter, Scorpion, Black Cat, Spencer Smythe, Chameleon and Tombstone. Kraven, part of one of the most iconic storylines of the comics, would be the obvious candidate. Asked by The Playlist what villain he’d like to tackle next, Watts agrees with that assessment:

“I mean, Kraven’s pretty great and coming up with a take on Kraven would be a fun challenge, but you know, to me it’s all about trying to show people things that they haven’t seen before, so I would dig back in and started reading the comics from issue #1 again.”

In the comics, Kraven is Sergei Kravinoff – a Russian aristocrat who became obsessed with big game hunting. He’s most famous for the storyline “Kraven’s Last Hunt” which sees him successfully incapacitating and burying Spider-Man alive, then he takes on his suit and starts hunting down criminals.

Ultimately having shown himself to be the greatest ‘hunter’ and with nothing left to prove or new challenges ahead, he commits suicide – a very rare event in comic book fandom and one arguably too dark for a Disney film. In October last year, it was reported that “The Equalizer” scribe Richard Wenk was working on a Kraven film script of some kind.

Before “Spider-Man: Far From Home” opened, it was rumored that Norman Osborn would be teased in the film, but no such teases are included. Speaking with Uproxx, Watts doesn’t seem keen on the Osborns coming in to play: “Well, there are a lot of Spider-Man stories to tell and it’s just finding out the right time to tell them.”

Additionally it has been revealed by Deadline that the recent film’s promotional tie-in media campaign has set an industry record with $288 million worth of value – double that of ‘Homecoming’ and well above the slightly over $200 million total of “Avengers: Endgame”. The wide-ranging campaign promotional partners included Audi, Dorito’s, United Airlines, Dr. Pepper, Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts, Tencent, Changi Airport and Burger King.

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is in theaters now.

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