Sony Pictures has announced that its upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Kraven the Hunter will be rated R. While there are other Marvel properties with an R rating, Kraven the Hunter will mark the first Sony’s Spider-Man Universe film with the certification.
Though most plot details about the film are unknown for now, we know that the feature will focus on the titular villain, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Prior to the film, Taylor-Johnson made his Marvel debut, in the MCU as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron and, briefly, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Kraven is a formidable villain who first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #15 in the 1960s. He’s known for holding a variety of abilities all of which enhance his physical abilities to superhuman levels.
Along with Taylor-Johnson, the movie stars West Side Story’s Ariana DeBose as Voodoo Priestess Calypso, Fred Hechinger as Kraven’s half-brother Dmitri Smerdyakov (a.k.a. Chameleon), and Christopher Abbott reportedly playing primary antagonist the Foreigner. Alessandro Nivola, Levi Miller, and Russell Crowe will also star in currently unknown roles.
Alongside Kraven, there are still a few upcoming Spider-Man films. In June, the sequel to Into the Spider-Verse, entitled Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, will release. Venom 3 is also in the works, as well as the spin-off Madame Web slated to debut in 2024.
Kraven the Hunter releases in theatres on October 6, 2023.