Not even week is left before it arrives in theaters, but, Black Panther is already being considered as a universally critical success and seems to be all set to become a huge commercial success as well. However, if it wasn’t the rights issue which gave other studios control over some Marvel characters, then it might have been a very different film according to the director Ryan Coogler. He would have made a movie featuring the Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter.
Coogler is a Marvel Comics fan, and he wanted to bring to the big screen the fight between Black Panther and Kraven from the comic books written by Christopher Priest.
“Being a Marvel fan, you want to grab all the characters,” Coogler, who jointly wrote the movie with Joe Robert Cole informed Yahoo! Movies UK. You realize there’s contractual things. You don’t have that character. There was a Christopher Priest run that was pretty heavy; there’s a big scene where Panther’s fighting Kraven, Kraven the Hunter. I’ve always loved Kraven the Hunter in almost every iteration. So there was a moment – ‘Can I grab Kraven?’ – and they were ‘Nah, you don’t have Kraven.’ He was one where I thought ‘Oh, man.’ But I don’t even know if he would have worked in the movie we ended up with. This was the early days.”
However, it is not as if Coogler is the only fan of Kraven. Comic book lovers have waited for years to see the big-game hunter appear in Sony’s Spider-Man films. His cinematic debut might not be far off, as the studio is reportedly developing a Kraven solo movie as a part of the expansion plans for the franchise starting with Venom and Silver & Black.
Black Panther releases in the US on February 16th and it stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Winston Duke as M’Baku and Forest Whitaker as Zuri.