Aaron Taylor-Johnson Teases Kraven The Hunter Physical Transformation

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Teases Kraven The Hunter Physical Transformation

Aaron Taylor-Johnson teases his Kraven the Hunter physical transformation and the stunt training he is undergoing for the superhero movie.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson teases his Kraven the Hunter physical transformation and the stunt training he is undergoing for the superhero movie. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Kraven made his comic book debut in 1964’s The Amazing Spider-Man No. 15 as a villain to the Marvel webslinger and has since served as one of his rogues’ gallery of antagonists, including being one of the founding members of the Sinister Six. However, Kraven’s dedication to honor and the thrill of the hunt have seen him occasionally appear as an antihero in the comics, including being an ally to Squirrel Girl and Spider-Man, the latter of whom he respects for how often he defeats him.


Multiple efforts have been made over the years to bring Kraven the Hunter to the big screen, with Marc Webb including a tease in the end credits for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to set up his future in the threequel and Sinister Six film that were later scrapped. Black Panther co-writer/director Ryan Coogler had also originally planned to use the villain in his Marvel Cinematic Universe installment while Jon Watts had Kraven set as a backup plan for Spider-Man: No Way Home should the studio not approve of the multiverse concept. With Sony building their own shared universe of comic book films with Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, a Kraven the Hunter movie was announced in 2018, though wouldn’t gain steam until 2020 when Triple Frontier‘s JC Chandor was tapped to direct and Aaron Taylor-Johnson signing on to star the following May.

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In the latest issue of Hero MagazineAaron Taylor-Johnson caught up with Spider-Man: No Way Home star Andrew Garfield discuss to discuss their recent projects. When asked about his work in the upcoming SSU film, Taylor-Johnson teased his Kraven the Hunter physical transformation and discussed the stunt training he’s preparing to engage in for it. See what Taylor-Johnson shared below:

“I’m in England, I’m not in London but just outside, close to the production office [for Kraven the Hunter]. I’m staying here because I’ve got a bunch of stunt training to do for this movie, so the director and I are bunking up for the next couple of weeks. You do come at it from another angle, which is back-to-front for me. It’s like you’re coming at it from the physical aspect, because that’s what you can see from a comic book. You go, ‘Oh, he looks like that, so I have to look like that.’

You see that and then you start to backtrack and dig deeper, and go, ‘This is where he originates from, then he has this relationship and that relationship…’ You just hope that you’re going to portray something that you can bring to life. There is, again, room for interpretation and you want to be able to bring something and let it pop off the page. It’s another new challenge, we talk about putting yourself under pressure all the time. I don’t step away from controversial sh-t, I don’t know what it is, but I’m always drawn to the thing that might actually give me a f-ck-ng stroke!”

Kraven the Hunter from the comics

Since rising to stardom with his leading role in Kick-AssTaylor-Johnson has taken a number of roles requiring him to undergo various physical transformations, including briefly joining the MCU as Quicksilver for Avengers: Age of Ultron and losing a lot of weight for A Million Little Pieces. The past few years have seen the star slowly start to build back up towards a sturdy frame with his returns to the action genre for Christopher Nolan’s TenetMatthew Vaughn’s The King’s Man and David Leitch’s Bullet Train. Taylor-Johnson’s discussion of his Kraven the Hunter physical transformation points towards him and Chandor looking to hew as close to the character’s comic book portrayal as possible for the new film.

Additionally, Taylor-Johnson’s tease of his Kraven the Hunter transformation offers some insight towards what’s to come from his cartoonal of the character. As was the case with Tom Hardy’s Venom films and Jared Leto’s upcoming Morbius, the star seems to indicate the new SSU film won’t shy away from some of Kraven’s less-likable characteristics and properly explore his balance between an antihero and outright villain. Only time will tell when Kraven the Hunter hits theaters on January 13, 2023.

More: Sony’s Kraven Movie Could Flip His Original Spider-Man & Chameleon Story

Source: Hero Magazine

  • Morbius (2022)Release date: Apr 01, 2022
  • Kraven the Hunter (2023)Release date: Jan 13, 2023


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