Bad Bunny to star in new Spider-Man spin-off movie El Muerto
Sony have announced a new standalone film set in the Spider-Man universe starring Puerto Rican singer and rapper Bad Bunny as El Muerto, a wrestler with a super-powered mask who made his first appearance in Marvel Comics in 2006.
A relatively new addition to the Marvel canon, El Muerto and his alter-ego Juan-Carlos Sanchez were first featured in a storyline from Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man, in which Sanchez is introduced as the latest in a long line of wrestlers to wear a powerful mask handed down through generations of his family, who takes up the mantle of El Muerto when his father is killed as the hands of a rival wrestler, El Dorado.
Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, has been the world’s most-streamed artist on Spotify for the last two years running and has also made some recent wrestling appearances of his own for WWE, performing at Wrestlemania 37 in 2021 and at this year’s Royal Rumble event. His role in the new film will make him the first Latino actor to lead a live-action Marvel movie.
The announcement follows Sony’s release slate shuffle earlier this week that will see Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse delayed until 2023 and also see the arrival of a standalone Madame Web film starring Dakota Johnson.
El Muerto is currently projected to arrive in cinemas in January 2024.