KRAVEN THE HUNTER Star Aaron Taylor-Johnson "Didn't Really Care" For AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON And KICK-ASS

KRAVEN THE HUNTER Star Aaron Taylor-Johnson "Didn't Really Care" For AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON And KICK-ASS

Kraven the Hunter star Aaron Taylor-Johnson reflects on his past blockbuster experiences, while the movie's director sheds new light on what fans can expect from the Marvel character's tragic origin story.

By JoshWilding - Aug 14, 2023 10:08 AM EST
Filed Under: Kraven the Hunter
Source: Esquire

Aaron Taylor-Johnson put himself on the map with Kick-Ass, a movie that remains something of a cult classic (even after causing controversy when it was first released).

From there, his star would only rise thanks to lead roles in blockbusters like Godzilla and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The latter brought the actor into the MCU, though it would be a one-and-done for Taylor-Johnson after Quicksilver was killed by Ultron in the midst of the sequel's final battle. 

While he remains the rumoured frontrunner to play the next James Bond, the Bullet Train star has definitely been a little more selective with projects in recent years. Based on what he recently told Esquire, that might be down to how he feels about those big budget movies. 

"There was Kick-Ass and then there was Godzilla and Avengers, and all those things lined up for me," he said of how the 2010 adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book series led to bigger things for him in Hollywood. However, he'd go on to admit, "I didn’t really care for them."

"I wanted, purely, to be with my babies. I would say I was probably not ready to be in that position anyway—it was too early. But yeah, I also slightly didn’t give a f***."

Taylor-Johnson will return to the blockbuster realm with Sony Pictures' Kraven the Hunter, a movie the site describes as being set before the villain first crossed paths with Spider-Man. 

As you might expect, the actor was tight-lipped about what fans can expect, though director J.C. Chandor did share a few new minor details. "Sony probably doesn’t want me to lead with this," he says, "but the story is a tragedy. When the final credits roll on this film, if you’ve been paying attention, you won’t have the feeling that this is all going to end great."

We'd assume the movie will end by having Kraven begin his descent into villainy, setting the stage for him to eventually hunt down the web-slinger. We just hope the plan isn't for him to join The Vulture and Morbius' not-so-Sinister Six. 

Kraven the Hunter is set to be released in theaters on August 30, 2024.

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UniqNo
UniqNo - 8/14/2023, 10:38 AM
Was always dissapointed he never came back to the MCU, but that was probably the deal "One and done", but also if there were plans for quicksilver long term, surely they would have gotten another actor more willing to sign a multipicture deal? eh i dunno.

I find it hard to beleive he didn't care for Kick-Ass though, as he came back for the less than stellar sequel.

I'll check out Kraven (on a streamer), but i hope it's either him or Cavill for Bond
kaijunexus
kaijunexus - 8/14/2023, 10:38 AM
LMAO..."Yeah, all those other blockbusters I was a part of we're kinda lame...but now I'm loving starring as a Spider-Man villain in a Spider-man-less movie made by a studio with one of the worst superhero movie track-records in the business!"

What a clown.
ForceofWakanda
ForceofWakanda - 8/14/2023, 12:29 PM
@kaijunexus -

He's a clown for having an opinion? Lol
LlamaLord
LlamaLord - 8/14/2023, 12:48 PM
@kaijunexus - Read the actual article instead of this taken out of context hackjob by Wildling. What he's saying makes a lot of sense. The quote is so badly misrepresented I'm not even sure it can be called journalism, we're missing actual sentences in between. Here's what he said for some real context:

```Centering that part of his life meant saying no a lot—something he says he began doing about a decade ago, not long after he first broke through and began getting cast in the kinds of movies that can lead to even bigger movies, if you’re not careful. “There was Kick-Ass,” he says, “and then there was Godzilla and Avengers, and all those things lined up for me. But I didn’t really care for them.” He was getting offers to do more of that stuff for more money. He was up for roles “that nobody knows about—big, huge franchises that were in play.” But by then he and Sam had two small children. The decision not to keep going down that blockbuster road wasn’t hard. “I wanted, purely, to be with my babies,” he says. “I didn’t want to be taken away from them. I battled with what that would be like.” Looking back, he says, “I would say I was probably not ready to be in that position anyway—it was too early. But yeah, I also slightly didn’t give a [frick].” So for a while, he did only one movie a year— supporting roles, or roles in smaller, weirder films, or both. And when he wasn’t doing that, he was at home with the kids.```
TheFinestSmack
TheFinestSmack - 8/14/2023, 10:43 AM
I liked JonathanDan's article about the same subject, from 30 minutes ago, much better.
Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 8/14/2023, 10:47 AM
Paraphrasing: "I made millions of dollars off these movies, but I didn't give a [frick] about them."

I would imagine that a great deal of actors feel the same way, yet most don't voice it because they'd come off as spoiled, entitled, ungrateful douchebags like this guy sounds like.
There are plenty of people that don't love their jobs or tasks they have to perform at their jobs, but a paycheck is a paycheck and when you're making millions to stand in front of a camera and repeat lines that someone else wrote while other people are out there actually busting their asses and making chump change, you come off as an asshole.
JimMoriarty
JimMoriarty - 8/14/2023, 11:08 AM
@Feralwookiee - wow. You took my thoughts right of my head. I was genuinely pissed off when I read this. I wouldn't even care about this dude without KICK-ASS. ALSO , show some respect when you are acting along side Nic Cage who almost stole the show.that honor is for Chloe as Hitgirl.
JonC
JonC - 8/14/2023, 4:03 PM
@JimMoriarty - Nic Cage who literally was taken any role thrown at him to pay down his multi million dollar debt he owed to others.
soupysales
soupysales - 8/14/2023, 5:00 PM
@Feralwookiee - @ Llamalord posted this above...which is pretty relevant...this is what he really said in the article-

```Centering that part of his life meant saying no a lot—something he says he began doing about a decade ago, not long after he first broke through and began getting cast in the kinds of movies that can lead to even bigger movies, if you’re not careful. “There was Kick-Ass,” he says, “and then there was Godzilla and Avengers, and all those things lined up for me. But I didn’t really care for them.” He was getting offers to do more of that stuff for more money. He was up for roles “that nobody knows about—big, huge franchises that were in play.” But by then he and Sam had two small children. The decision not to keep going down that blockbuster road wasn’t hard. “I wanted, purely, to be with my babies,” he says. “I didn’t want to be taken away from them. I battled with what that would be like.” Looking back, he says, “I would say I was probably not ready to be in that position anyway—it was too early. But yeah, I also slightly didn’t give a [frick].” So for a while, he did only one movie a year— supporting roles, or roles in smaller, weirder films, or both. And when he wasn’t doing that, he was at home with the kids.```
MrDandy
MrDandy - 8/14/2023, 10:52 AM
Kick-Ass was his breakout role that made his career. Kraven may well be the role that ends it.
PartyKiller
PartyKiller - 8/14/2023, 11:10 AM
@MrDandy - It is a dream....that I have.
NinnesMBC
NinnesMBC - 8/14/2023, 10:54 AM
While he might come off as maybe a little self-centered it also says that he liked to keep his feet on the ground and knew where his priorities were, being close to home instead of losing himself in the limelight of franchise's blockbusters and Hollywood. I can respect that.

Still hope that Marvel gives him a call for Secret Wars though, it's now or never.

Kraven looked decent in the trailer so hopefully it delivers exactly that. But Sony has to release it earlier next year and not wait until freaking October.
JonC
JonC - 8/14/2023, 4:04 PM
@NinnesMBC - i need him and Fox's Pietro to be a duo in Secret Wars.. both from alternate universes and only making an appearance in Secret Wars.
Forthas
Forthas - 8/14/2023, 10:54 AM
I totally did not recognize him in Tenet...



Pretty good actor. James Bond? No but I would love to see him as Rick Flag, or a militaristic centered person in the MCU or DC. I suspect he will do a great job as Kraven but the movie will probably fall under the weight of bad writing given Sony's track record.
GhostDog
GhostDog - 8/14/2023, 10:55 AM
"I didn't care for the role (Kick-Ass) that made my career."

The lack of awareness some of these actors have...wow.
sKeemAn
sKeemAn - 8/14/2023, 10:56 AM
Most of us dont care about our jobs either, I know I dont. I also dont make millions, but would I would care if I did??

Comicmoviejunki
Comicmoviejunki - 8/14/2023, 11:40 AM
@sKeemAn - hilarious!
sKeemAn
sKeemAn - 8/14/2023, 12:33 PM
@Comicmoviejunki -

PartyKiller
PartyKiller - 8/14/2023, 11:08 AM
I don't care for those movies or Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Those movies sucked in part because Aaron Taylor-Johnson sucks.
nhoj3
nhoj3 - 8/14/2023, 11:19 AM
Best movie that I've seen him in was "Nowhere Boy", but then again I love the Beatles.
cyclopsprime
cyclopsprime - 8/14/2023, 11:54 AM
@nhoj3 - that's the movie where he met his wife
AgentSmith
AgentSmith - 8/14/2023, 11:20 AM
Isn't he kind of talking out of both sides of his mouth simply by taking Kraven the Hunter? There's one to think about... I would repost that gif above, but I've never figured out how to do that...
OmegaDaGrodd
OmegaDaGrodd - 8/14/2023, 11:22 AM
Capitalism really has y'all in a headlock because someone who makes millions of dollars is just as likely to hate their job as someone who lives below the poverty line. I make twice as much money now than I did 10 years ago and I still have days that are equally as stressful. I applaud anyone who moves up a couple tax brackets and becomes 100% Zen, but the reality is is that if you started making 6 figures and your job was a crappy experience, your opinion of said crappiness likely wouldn't be suppressed by how fun it was to make 6 figures
GeneralZod
GeneralZod - 8/14/2023, 3:12 PM
@OmegaDaGrodd - Lol. You sound like Tony Montana.



JonC
JonC - 8/14/2023, 4:07 PM
@OmegaDaGrodd - almost always when you make 7 figures your expense in other areas go up accordingly... not to mention personal trainers, nutritionists, fortress like houses, security, etc. that becomes required to maintain a level head in daily life under the pressure of being a 'star'.
OmegaDaGrodd
OmegaDaGrodd - 8/14/2023, 4:09 PM
@JonC - not to mention people fighting for your attention to get your money, loved ones you now need to take care of, and it's even worse if you get around people richer than you that make you work yourself even harder to get what they have
GeneralZod
GeneralZod - 8/14/2023, 7:47 PM
@JonC - But the strippers make it worthwhile, so there's that. Socialists and communists don't enjoy strippers.
LeonNova
LeonNova - 8/14/2023, 11:30 AM
It’ll be funny when Kraven performs worse than either of them critically and commercially. More so Kick-Ass, cause of course it won’t do Avengers numbers.
FinnishDude
FinnishDude - 8/14/2023, 11:39 AM
Hot take: Always liked his Quicksilver better than the Fox one, since he had more personality and an actual story-arc, while the other guy only had one cool action scene going for him.
TheLobster
TheLobster - 8/14/2023, 11:49 AM
Loved him in the first Kick Ass! The sequel and his Quicksilver in AoU are both forgettable.
ThorArms
ThorArms - 8/14/2023, 12:26 PM
I liked AoU but he sucked as Quicksilver
MaximusTheMad
MaximusTheMad - 8/14/2023, 12:40 PM
Yet he cares for THIS!??
abd00bie
abd00bie - 8/14/2023, 12:41 PM
Yeah yeah it's just a job
CaptainCheese
CaptainCheese - 8/14/2023, 12:49 PM
Were not going to care about Kraven Aaron if it helps. Hated him in Godzilla.
tmp3
tmp3 - 8/14/2023, 1:17 PM
He was kind of terrible in Godzilla, Kick-Ass 2 and Avengers and I'm sure he'll be terrible in Kraven too, but he's a good actor when he's not doing such generic garbage. He's a bit like Nic Hoult where he's much better in quirkier, character actor roles. They both seem really well cast for Eggers' Nosferatu at least
tmp3
tmp3 - 8/14/2023, 1:20 PM
honestly think RDJ was spot on when he recently said AOU was just "content", just an insanely boring and empty slog and the whole thing's tinged with some awful yellow color grading. Really feels like a movie made purely just to hit a release date and make money with no real sense of passion behind it whatsoever
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