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Marvel fans divided over first trailer for new movie about Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter

Katherine Sidnell

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Marvel fans divided over first trailer for new movie about Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter

Featured Image Credit: Sony

Disclaimer: the below trailer is rated R due to its graphic violence and bloody scenes

As we get our first glimpse of Kraven the Hunter, fans are deeply divided about the full-length trailer.

Set to be released later this year, Sony’s adaption has an all-star cast - including Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Russell Crowe.

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Marvel fans have been unhappy with some major changes to the classic comic book villain - despite it being tied to the Spiderverse.

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The origin story shows how Sergei Kravinoff (Taylor-Johnson) became Kraven, the greatest hunter in the world, after an encounter with a lion changed the young man’s fate.

Despite the character being known for his deep, brooding Russian accent – filmmakers have opted to portray him with an American accent.

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It’s not the only difference that has hounded Marvel fans, with many also pointing out that his superpowers seem to come from genetically modified lion’s blood rather than the supernatural. (Yes, really.)

Having waited decades to see the anti-hero on the big screen, it seems that fans are still hunting for a more accurate adaption of the character.

Some have even taken the frustrations to Twitter as the trailer divided the internet, less than 24 hours after it dropped.

Fans are unhappy with changes to Kraven's origin story. Credit: Sony Pictures
Fans are unhappy with changes to Kraven's origin story. Credit: Sony Pictures
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Reacting to the red-band trailer, one fan wrote: “Wait so let me get this straight. Kraven has an American accent, is protector of animals, & gets powers?”

They pointedly added a crying emoji, writing: “Will he hate Spider-Man because he gets traumatized by actual spiders?? What is happening.”

Sadly, they weren’t the only ones who were unimpressed by the R-rated flick with another tweeting: “Can we get a villain movie where they’re an actual villain?”

It continued: “Could have just had him being the big game hunter and then seeing the reports of Spider-Man after No Way Home, going to NYC and hunting him.”

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Russell Crowe star in the comic book adaptation. Credit: Sony Pictures
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Russell Crowe star in the comic book adaptation. Credit: Sony Pictures

Meanwhile, some thought the highly anticipated film was firing on all cylinders – after watching the intense teaser trailer.

Sharing the short clip, one fan gushed: “Kraven The Hunter Teaser I’m ready for this October gonna be a good month.”

Others agreed, with a second dubbing the film ‘f**kin insane’ and a third writing ‘*whispers* I thought that Kraven the Hunter trailer looked kinda fun’ amid the backlash.

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One even had their own theory about why the film had changed key elements to the anti-hero, suggesting: “…this looks like the origin story of Alexei, Sergei's exiled mutant son, which tracks fairly well with what's in the trailer.”

With the film not meant to hit the big screen until early October, only time will tell if Kraven the Hunter is an apex predator or not.

Topics: Film & TV, Marvel, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony, Spider-Man, Film and TV, Celebrity

Katherine Sidnell
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