Rumor: Kraven The Hunter May Be The Villain In Spider-Man Reboot

The hunt is on for Sony’s next Spider-Man villain—and it looks to be none other than Kraven The Hunter.

Newly surfaced rumors suggest that Sony and Marvel want Kraven The Hunter as Spider-Man’s main nemesis in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. The scoop comes from Heroic Hollywood, where the site reportedly heard that Sony’s Vice President of Creative Affairs, Karen Moy, purchased a copy of the "Kraven’s Last Hunt" trade paperback last week. As HH reported, Moy routinely purchased novels for her former Sony boss, Amy Pascal, signaling a revealing trend.

Kraven The Hunter, a.k.a. Sergei Nikolaevich Kravinoff, is one of Spider-Man’s oldest supervillains. As a skilled hunter always looking for the next target, Kraven continuously hunts Spider-Man as "the ultimate prey." "Kraven’s Last Hunt" is considered the character’s most iconic story, in which Kraven actually succeeds in hunting down and “killing” Spider-Man (don’t worry, he got better).

Since "Kraven’s Last Hunt" takes place well into the adult Spider-Man’s career, it’s hard to imagine that Sony would directly adapt the story for their teenaged Spider-Man. What’s more likely is that Sony execs are just using the graphic novel as basic research into the character and his motivations.

But what do you think, readers? Would you like to see Kraven headline the next Spider-Man film? Let us know in the comments!

Spider-Man swings into theaters on July 28, 2017.