Black Panther co-writer/director Ryan Coogler wanted to include a Spider-Man villain in the upcoming film - Kraven the Hunter, inspired by a key scene in Christopher Priest's Black Panther run. However, according to Marvel Studios, the character was unavailable.
“Being a Marvel fan, you want to grab all the characters," Coogler told Yahoo! Movies UK. "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," he continued. "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.”
In July 2017 it was reported that Sony, who control the Spider-Man film rights, were developing a film featuring Kraven. Marvel Studios has a licensing agreement with Sony that allows them to use certain, unspecified Spider-Man characters. Previously, Marvel was able to make a deal with 20th Century Fox to use Ego the Living Planet, whose film rights are tied into the Fantastic Four, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Black Panther is due out in theaters February 16.