John Wick’s star Keanu Reeves reportedly turned down the chance to play the villain Craven Hunter from Spider-Man in an independent project for Sony. The studio was reportedly in talks with Reeves about the role and was waiting for an answer, which came “months ago.” It was Keanu Reeves, the answer was probably a very friendly “no thank you”. No reason was given why Reeves didn’t want to go for it.
Kraven The Hunter follows the exploits of the Marvel character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for the amazing Spider-Man #15 in 1964. Born Sergei Kravinov, Kravin grew up in Russia during the Russian Revolution. Finding work in Kenya, Africa, Kraven began his career with the typical tools of a hunter, but over time developed a penchant for shooting large animals with his bare hands. After meeting a voodoo witch named Calypso, Kraven was given an herbal potion that improved his strength, speed and senses, and extended his life. Eventually Kraven grew tired of hunting big game and fell in love with Spider-Man. He slowly becomes obsessed with this man to capture his neighbor, the Wolfman.
Fans of Kraven Hunter want Carl Urban more than Keanu Reeves for the Spider-Man split
While it is still unclear exactly what the film will be about, Craven Hunter will likely tell the story of the beloved super-villain’s origins in the same way Venom and the future Morbius approached their characters in Spider-Man’s absence. Sony has hired Triple Frontier’s director J.C. Chandor to direct and Richard Wenk, writer of Equalizer, to pen the screenplay. Wenk has since assured fans that the film will be “very closely tied to the legend” of the six villains, describing him as a “very down-to-earth character” who will eventually “battle Spider-Man.”
After relinquishing the role, Keanu Reeves is once again looking for someone to better fill Craven’s fur boots. Fans have been making their own casting suggestions lately, with The Boys and Dredd star Karl Urban topping the wish list of many.
For those disappointed that Reeves didn’t turn out as Craven did, it may only be a matter of time before the coveted A-lister turns up for a Marvel project, as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has revealed in the past, who “talks to him about almost every movie we make.” What we’re talking about with Keanu Reeves. I don’t know when or if he’ll join MCU, but we really want to find the right way to do it.”
Moreover, Reeves will not be far from the screens in the near future, as the actor returns to his role in not one, but two sequels of the unstoppable hitman John Wick, but also brings back Neo Matrix in this year’s Matrix Sundays, scheduled for release on December 22, 2021.
Although little is known about the plot of Matrix Resurrections, Reeves himself described the fourth Matrix film as a “love story” and also gave us at least an idea of the direction of the long-awaited sequel. “We have a great director, Lana Wachowski, and she has written a wonderful script that is a love story, it’s inspiring,” Reeves said recently. “It’s a different version, it’s a wake-up call, and there’s action in it. All will be revealed.” This is from Scooper Skyler Schuler of TheDisInsider.
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Topics: Craven, Spider-Man