Kraven The Hunter
- Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #15 (August 1964)
- Created By: Stan Lee & Steve Ditko
Kraven The Hunter happens to be the brother of Cameleon, but they are nothing alike. Kraven’s name is literal, he’s a big-game hunter who loves going after the biggest and most difficult threats. He considers himself to be the world’s greatest hunter and loves a challenge. This made him want to go after characters with animal-like names. That includes Black Panther, whom he hunted but was not as successful going after. Eventually, Spider-Man becomes his target, leading to him becoming one of the most notable Spider-Man villains ever. He’s unsuccessful many times but eventually does succeed in taking out Spider-Man… sort of.
This is part of the infamous Kraven’s Last Hunt storyline. Which is all about Kraven taking out Parker, then becoming the new Spider-Man to prove he can do the job better. Of course, Parker was not really ended by Kraven and eventually stops him. But the two have numerous battles, where Kraven never holds back. Spider-Man often does, which puts him at a big disadvantage. Kraven is an experienced tracker and tactician, so there is really nowhere Spider-Man can hide. He has to take on Kraven head-on. Due to the weapons and traps he uses, he is already difficult. Yet he will also use others to force Spider-Man out. Nothing is off-limits for this man.