Cunning, resourceful and deadly, spiders are some of nature's most perfect predators. Movie universe Peter Parker has potential, but he's going to need help to hone his abilities. Enter Kraven the Hunter, teaching stalking 101 in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game.

Kraven the Hunter is one of Spider-Man's most memorable villains, largely thanks to the spectacular "Kraven's Last Hunt" story that ran in the webslingers' various comic book titles in the late 80s. In it obsessed hunter Segei Kravinoff's finally captures and seemingly kills the ultimate game — Spider-Man himself. Kraven then dons Spider-Man's costume and goes on a brutal crime-fighting spree, proving himself a "superior" version of the hero decades before Doctor Octopus took his turn. The "Kraven's Last Hunt" storyline famously ended with the villain committing suicide — I still remember the chill I felt reading the issue. Powerful stuff, which would have been even more powerful had they not resurrected him several times since. Comics. Hmph.


I doubt the version of Kraven we see and hear narrating this first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game will go out with quite as profound a bang. If anything he seems like a teacher to Peter Parker, instructing him in the art of the hunt.

Still the obsessive hunter, of course, but a bit more realistic, in keeping with the movie universe. No lion faces on his pecs, sadly. Maybe we'll get some special costume DLC to fix that.

The rest of what we're seeing in the trailer looks a great deal like the game tie-in for the first Amazing Spider-Man film. That same borderline-nauseating close-up web-swinging camera, the gymnastic combat take-downs — I'm not seeing much in the way of advancement, really, but it's still early days.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game from Activision and developer Beenox should be arriving on every console imaginable in time for the second movie's May 2 release.