Black Panther Could Have Featured Kraven as the Villain

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As everyone that reads Collider knows, written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, the film stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther (first introduced in Captain America: Civil War), who returns home to the isolated and advanced nation of Wakanda in the wake of his father's death to assume his rightful place as king.

Black Panther has a February 16, 2018 release starring Chadwick Boseman ("Captain America: Civil War", "Get on Up"), Michael B. Jordan ("Creed", "Fruitvale Station"), Academy Award victor LupitaNyong'o ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens", "12 Years a Slave"), Danai Gurira ("The Walking Dead", upcoming "All Eyez on Me"), Martin Freeman ("Hobbit" trilogy, "Sherlock"), Daniel Kaluuya (upcoming "Get Out", "Sicario"), with Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett ("American Horror Story", "London Has Fallen"), with Academy Award® victor Forest Whitaker ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", Lee Daniels' "The Butler"), and Andy Serkis ("Avengers: Age of Ultron", "Star Wars: The Force Awakens").

"Being a Marvel fan, you want to grab all the characters", Coogler told Yahoo!

I suppose when you can count the number of negative reviews on one hand, that isn't such a bad thing, eh? "There was a Christopher Priest run that was pretty heavy, there's a big scene where Panther's fighting Kraven".

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"I've always loved Kraven the Hunter in nearly every iteration", Coogler explains to Yahoo UK. Best-known as a Spider-Man villain, Kraven's MO is to go after superheroes with animal names and mount their heads on his wall. For weeks, excited moviegoers have been planning what "Black Panther" outfits they'll wear to the theater.

While this was presumably early on in the Black Panther pre-production stage, and might even predate the public announcement of Marvel Studios' deal with Sony Pictures, which made 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming a reality, it's possible that long-term plans for Kraven have been stowed away secretly, which could easily manifest in the 2019-scheduled Homecoming sequel, whose details have yet to be revealed.

Over the years, there have been many dream castings for Kraven, while stars like Jeffrey Dean Morgan or Javier Barden would be flawless additions to the MCU as the muscular madman. J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck's Kraven's Last Hunt storyline from 1987 is one of the most critically-acclaimed Spider-Man storylines of all time and seems ripe for development into its own standalone feature.

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