For a while now, Kevin Feige has been trying to get Keanu Reeves into the MCU. Reeves, who reinvigorated his career with the John Wick franchise, is no stranger to playing comic book characters (Constantine) in standalone flicks, or even superpowered roles (The Matrix 4 hits HBO Max later this year!), but he’s never suited up for a proper superhero flick.
Marvel, who has gotten their hooks into many a star, from Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo to Scarlett Johannson and Angelina Jolie, has not yet been able to convince Keanu to join up. And now Sony might beat them to it.
According to Illuminerdi, they’ve offered the star of last summer’s Bill and Ted Face the Music the role of Kraven the Hunter, which they want to be a tonal mash-up of Denzel’s revenge movie Man on Fire, and Hugh Jackman’s Logan.
Sony is currently loaning Spider-man to the MCU, allowing the studio to reboot the character into the Avengers after the Andrew Garfield series petered out, but they retain the rights to the rest of the Spider-verse. Aside from the animated Into the Spider-verse, perhaps the most acclaimed superhero movie of the past decade, Sony made the surprise hit Venom, which has a sequel, Let There Be Carnage, on the way, as well as Jared Leto’s Morbius movie (which may include Michael Keaton’s Vulture). They’re also supposedly developing a Madame Web flick, and Olivia Wilde was signed to direct a female-led superhero movie that some suspect will be Spider-Woman.
Clearly, Sony is trying to build up their Spiderverse, and if they do land Keanu as the big game hunter Kraven, things will suddenly get a lot sexier, both literally and figuratively. Plus, Sony will have scooped the MCU, who recently failed to snag Neo for their Moon Knight series.
Keanu has not signed to play Kraven, or any Marvel hero or villain, just yet, but not for lack of trying. One of these times, the right character is going to come calling. Heck, with the MCU paving the way for the X-Men to reboot themselves onto the big screen, maybe the man will actually get to play the guy he’s long wished to portray: Wolverine!