The Marvel Cinematic Universe is quite an interesting one, as characters from any end of the world can interact with each other. Nothing makes that more evident than Marvel Studios Avengers franchise which brings all these different heroes together in one film. Sadly, even if the studio is slowly getting back many of its signature characters there are some contractual issues that keep the MCU from truly intertwining as one would wish for it too. There will always be hope for the TV shows to one-day crossover with the films but there also still seem to be some issues when it comes to the usage of Spider-Man characters outside of his own franchise. Sony still owns the rights and is only sharing them with Marvel Studios, which is why we are getting a Venom film that may or may not be part of the MCU. It seems that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler faced a similar issue with his film as he wanted to include one of Spidey’s most famous villains, Kraven the Hunter in the film at one point.

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

It certainly would have been quite amazing to see Kraven make an appearance in Wakanda. His character would make sense given that he is known for hunting down wild beasts throughout the world before he set his eyes on Spider-Man. Sadly, it seems as if they do not have to rights to use the characters however they please but hopefully we could have him make an appearance in the Black Panther further down the road. Just imagine seeing him have a minor role in Black Panther 2 and then to have a prominent role in a Spider-Man sequel. It makes sense given his history in the comics, we could get some rather interesting character development that further enforces his reasoning to hunt down a man in a spider costume. Hopefully, Marvel Studios finds a way to let Coogler use the character in a sequel.