The villain crossover from Spider-Man No Way Home almost didn’t make it into the main plot of the film, as the producers initially put it aside as a purely post-credits scene.
According to The wrapwho have favourited Spider-Man’s iconic villains Sequels, including Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus from the Tobey Maguire films, and Jamie Foxx’s Electro from Andrew Garfield-led Amazing Spider-Man 2, weren’t included in the original plans for the main plot for Tom Holland Spider-Man -Continuation.
In fact, No Way Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers revealed that the producers initially considered leaving the villains’ gig until the movie’s post-credits scene. They quickly turned away from the idea, however, when Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige suggested an alternate cast of the villains to appear as part of the main plot.
“I don’t know if it was Kevin [Feige’s] Idea, the idea of doing something with the other villains and teasing that at the very end [of the movie], I think a day was floating, “McKenna recalled, thinking back to the discussions during the first story meetings of the film.” We came up with different storylines that simply relate to such a day. “
McKenna and Sommers turned down story threads that could lead to such a villain teaser – with Kraven even being mentioned at one point – before Feige “blew it all up” with his suggestion. “I think it was Kevin who said, ‘Do you remember the idea with all the villains we talked about for a day? That Sinister Six idea? Why don’t we just do it in the movie?”
The writers admitted that they had brought up the idea of Kraven the Hunter to make its theatrical debut in the Spider-Man projects they worked on, but so far had met with little opposition. There may be a very good reason for this, as the classic Marvel villain is now set to perform on his own Kraven the hunter Spin-off film.
The upcoming Spider-Man spin-off is currently slated for a release in January 2023, with Aaron Taylor Johnson plays the title villain. Directed by JC Chandor based on a script by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Richard Wenk. The film Kraven the Hunter is one of several Spider-Man spin-offs go to the big screen, including Morbius and Poison 3.
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