Sony Producer Explains Kraven the Hunter Delay to December

‘Kraven the Hunter’ producer Matt Tolmach has revealed why Sony has pushed the Spider-Man spin-off to December 13. 

In an interview with Collider, he said it was a strategic move by the studio that shows its faith in the film. 

“Kraven moved to Christmas because we’re excited about it, and Christmas is the best release period there is – when you get people with time to go back to the movies over and over again,” Tolmach said.

 “That was a real reflection of how the studio felt about the movie. We’re really excited. But that’s a great move that reflects just the feeling about the movie.”

‘Kraven the Hunter’ has been the victim of several delays. 

It’s original release date was planned for January 13, 2022, but was pushed to October 6, 2023 without explanation. 

The strikes by SAG-AFTRA (Screen Across Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists led Sony to delay the film to August 30, 2024. 

‘Kraven the Hunter’ is the first R-rated in the Sony Marvel universe, and its delay sees it avoid other R-rated films like ‘Alien: Romulus’, ‘Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 2’ and ‘The Crow’.  

Its December release means it will be in cinemas the same month as ‘The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim’, ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’, ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 3’, and ‘Nosferatu’.

The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johson as the titular hunter, with Russell Crowe as Kraven’s estranged father Nikolai Kravinoff.

The trailer released in 2023 teases Alessandro Nivola as the villain Rhino.  

It will now be the sixth film in the Sony live-action films based on Marvel characters, after a trilogy of films on the character Venom, one on ‘Morbius’ and one on ‘Madame Web’. 

‘Madame Web’, the latest film in this venture, garnered unfavourable reviews and a lacklustre box office.

Kieran Burt

My name is Kieran and I am based in the UK. I love writing about all things science fiction and fantasy, particularly Star Wars and Marvel. When I’m not writing or watching anything sci-fi related, you can probably find me exploring the open worlds of alternate lands through my Xbox.

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