Spider Man 4 Update: Every director has that one project that they envisioned but never got around to making, and Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) is no exception. Raimi stated in an interview with Rolling Stone that his Spider-Man 4 with Tobey Maguire would have brought Kraven the Hunter to the big screen. Of course, the Spider-Man villain will eventually hit theaters next year, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick Ass), but it’s exciting to contemplate what the horror-centric director could have done with his rendition.
Apart from talking about his upcoming picture, Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Raimi also talked about his plans for Spider-Man 4. Vulture and Mysterio variants were also intended to debut, according to concept art by writer and illustrator Jeffrey Henderson. Raimi wanted John Malkovich to play Vulture, and it’s widely assumed that Bruce Campbell, a frequent collaborator, was on board for a cameo as Mysterio. At the very least, with Kraven also due to appear, this sounds like it might have been a very packed film. Kraven did make an Easter egg appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home, starring Tobey Maguire.
Raimi had this to say about Kraven appearing in Spider Man 4:
“Kraven the Hunter was one of my favorite characters. That character was going to be in the next “Spider-Man,” and I’d always wanted to see Kraven fight Spider-Man on the big screen. That seemed pretty interesting to me. Spider-Man is like the most nimble trickster of the skies, and he’s the ultimate hunter. I also wanted to see Peter develop as a human being.”
Kraven will finally receive his due next year, with Taylor-Johnson portraying the role in J.C. Chandor’s film (Margin Call, A Most Violent Year). Alessandro Nivola (The Many Saints of Newark), Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Fred Hechinger (The White Lotus), Levi Miller (Pan), Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night), and Russell Crowe (Gladiator) round out the supporting cast. Prior to Marvel reaching arrangements with Willem Dafoe, Jamie Foxx, and Alfred Molina to reprise their villain roles, the character was almost cast in the current Spider-Man: No Way Home.