In a stunning new development, Sony has cast former Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the upcoming Spider-Man spinoff project which is set to put the spotlight on one of the web slinger's most iconic villains Kraven the Hunter, and the internet collectively freaked out. The project has been in active development for quite some time now and the studio originally eyed Keanu Reeves for the part who reportedly turned down the offer several months back.
Deadline notes that other A-list stars like Hollywood icon Brad Pitt and Star Wars' Adam Driver were also in contention for the role but Sony ultimately tapped Pitt's Bullet Train co-star Taylor-Johnson after taking notice of his performance in the upcoming action film. Of course, most fans are aware of the actor's ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having played Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron which is why his casting as Kraven took everyone by surprise. Check out some of the reactions here:
... ATJ really ain't coming back as Pietro now that Sony snatched him for Kraven. no words.— sandro (@widowhexes) May 26, 2021
ATJ as Kraven is such a SERVE! Pietro WHO! Lemme see him fight Tom’s Spidey ASAP pic.twitter.com/SL8bCheUQc— Ant-Cam | #MissMinutes (@planetcameron) May 26, 2021
But ATJ who played as Pietro now playing as Kraven, aren't they in the same universe?— chyn (@illusionbarnes) May 26, 2021
would rather have atj back as pietro but i hope his kraven and tom’s venom both become villains / sidekicks in tom’s future spiderman films— fucca (@dianaprinec) May 26, 2021
If Marvel can have Gemma Chan play a Kree and an Eternal in the same universe in the span of 2 years, I will continue to believe we can have Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kraven and have him come back as Pietro— Nicole (@nic_toren) May 27, 2021
Well, this will be fun if the MCU and Sony's Marvel universe will ever cross streams. Wanda and everyone who's kind of familiar with Pietro will look at Kraven and be like "I never saw this man in my life". Despite being WANDA'S TWIN BROTHER— nightbird (@nightbib) May 27, 2021
If anything, this may confirm that a return as Quicksilver is no longer on the table for the Kickass star amid ongoing rumors of him getting resurrected in the MCU. More importantly, this stunning casting reveal may have confirmed that an actual crossover between the MCU and the Sonyverse isn't truly possible despite Tom Holland's Spider-Man being the common denominator.
Sony's Kraven the Hunter film is slated to hits cinemas on January 13, 2023.
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