'Black Panther' London premiere: All the red carpet looks

Posted February 10, 2018

In the meantime though, it looks like fandom and Coogler will have to chalk Kraven's Black Panther absence to a missed opportunity.

Actors Sterling K. Brown, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, and Forest Whitaker; writer/director Ryan Coogler; Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige; producers Louis D'Esposito and Victoria Alonso, and executive producer Nate Moore at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

Coogler recently told Yahoo! that he originally wanted to include Kraven the Hunter in the upcoming blockbuster, but he wasn't able to due to contractual issues.

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"Being a Marvel fan, you want to grab all the characters".

"I've always loved Kraven the Hunter in nearly every iteration", Coogler explains to Yahoo UK.

If there ever comes a time when Marvel Studios can use the character, would you like to see him take on T'Challa in a Black Panther sequel?

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I suppose when you can count the number of negative reviews on one hand, that isn't such a bad thing, eh?

It was a reasonable attempt, since Kraven, who debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #15 back in 1964, has always been an A-list antagonist to the Wall-Crawler, but has yet to manifest in live-action form in any of Spidey's six movies. Black Panther certainly fits neatly into the category, while the jungle setting of Wakanda seems like the flawless habitat for Kraven to be sharpening his knives and reloading his shotgun. You don't have that character.

"Black Panther" has already proven to be a smash hit, garnering an early 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes and gloriously celebrating African culture. 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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