Sunday, December 30, 2012
Villain Spotlight: Kraven the hunter
I've talked about a lot of Spidey villains in my Villain Spotlight feature, some like Demogoblin I feel are very underrated, some like Lady Octopus I feel have a lot of untapped potential, now let's look at someone who is obnoxiously overrated as a villain, Kraven.
I just do not see how Kraven is such a major Spider-man villain. Spider-man can bench press a Ford F150 and Kraven is a guy who likes to go on Safari. I can maybe see him getting the drop on Spidey once of twice out of a combination of luck and the element of surprise, but by and large I just don't see him as a credible threat. I know some writers say he has some super strength he got from 'jungle herbs'. Aside from that being a rather stupid explanation, even in the world of comics, I still don't see that putting him on Spidey's level.
I don't hate Kraven mind you. I think the motivation of sport hunting for a villain is an interesting one, just look at how popular the Predator movies are after all, but Kraven would have been better suited as a Daredevil villain or something. When Kraven first showed up in the Ultimate universe and confronted Spidey it went like this.
One of the things I really liked with Kraven was when he was going after the wearcat Avenger Tigra.