Kraven the Hunter Red Band Trailer Drops With First Ominous Poster
Kraven the Hunter's Red Band trailer drops online, along with the first poster featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson's villain.
Kraven the Hunter's first trailer reveals a first look at the R-rated flick, with Taylor-Johnson brutally dispatching his enemies. The poster depicts the first official look at Talor-Johnson in Kraven's iconic costume, complete with fur collar over no shirt. The brooding Kraven sits on a throne seemingly made of antlers and skulls, the latter notably largely human. It's occupied by the oft-used tagline "Villains Aren't Born. They're Made."
Kraven the Hunter's R-Rating and Dark Tone
In April 2023, Taylor-Johnson confirmed that Kraven the Hunter would be R-rated. The actor confirmed Kraven the Hunter's R-rating while joining Sony at CinemaCon 2023 to premiere a first look at the Red Band trailer. Along with a look at Kraven battling mercenaries and biting the nose off a foe, reports from the event revealed that the trailer confirmed another Spider-Man foe's inclusion with Rhino. The trailer shows his appearance briefly at the end, with a shot of a rough, grey-mottled arm.
Russell Crowe, who plays Kraven's father, Nikolai Kravinoff, in the film, also spoke to CBR about the film's tone, calling it much darker than most fans likely expect from a comic book movie. "I've talked to J.C. Chandor, the director, he's really excited about what he's got in front of him... Really excited about the way people will receive it," Crowe said. "I think I can sort of pass on... One of the things he said, that it's, it's just an unexpectedly dark world."
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Says Kraven is 'The Hunter' Fans Want To See
Some fans expressed concern about the character's depiction after Taylor-Johnson described Kraven as an animal lover. The actor later clarified these comments, explaining that it would be more "accurate" to call Kraven a "conservationist" than an animal lover. He also promised fans that they'd see the version of Kraven they hoped for in the movie "Kraven is a beautiful character. Sergei Kravinov is a beautiful character because it's someone who's really understanding themselves and has flaws. This is a character that was built ages ago and it's in a new time and era, but yeah, is he going to be the hunter that we all want to see? Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely."
Kraven the Hunter hits theaters in October 2023.
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