So far, the MCU has resolutely and stubbornly staged PG-13. This will change with Dead Pool 3, which will likely be as happily R-rated as the first two. That doesn’t mean other modern Marvel movies can’t go hard. On the Sony wing of the comic book line, they go full boogie gore with Kraven the hunterwhich just released its first super gory trailer.
The ad offers the first decent look at Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s anti-hero Sergei Kravinoff, the offspring of a badass father, played by a Russian-accented Russell Crowe. A drop of animal blood transforms him into a kind of beast capable of communing with the most fearsome creatures in the world. But he seems to do his own killing very well, which he does with big scary knives, bows and arrows, and other weapons that drench the screen with streams of blood. At one point he even bites off a guy’s nose and spits it on the screen.
The trailer also includes a last-minute appearance from Alessandro Nivola as Rhino, a villain briefly teased – with no follow-up – in The Amazing Spider-Man 2in which he was played by no less than Paul Giamatti.
Few people can play two characters in the MCU, but Taylor-Johnson is an exception. Once upon a time the British actor who played Pietro Maximof, aka Quicksilver (though he wasn’t called that), his version of the character only appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and when they briefly brought Pietro back for WandaVision, it was ‘he’s doing the honors. (Instead, they made a Marvel joke.) Bringing Taylor-Johnson back should make up for that, but it’s not like he’s been short of work: Heck, there have been rumors he could be the next 007.
You can watch the Kraven the hunter trailer in the video above. The film is due to hit theaters on October 6.