Bad Bunny will star in ‘El Muerto’ and enter the Spider-verse

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A new web in the Spider-Man movie universe will be woven by Bad Bunny.

The superstar Puerto Rican rapper-singer-actor, one of the most popular artists on the planet, is set to star in “El Muerto.”

The announcement was made by Sony Motion Pictures Group President Sanford Panitch during CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and immediately sent Latino buzzing on Twitter. Bad Bunny would be the first Latino actor to direct a movie with a Marvel character. Most recently at Disney, Oscar Isaac became the first Latino actor to helm a Marvel Studios project with the launch of his “Moon Knight” series, which began airing in March.

The movie will be the last Sony’s superhero film inspired by the Spider-Man comics, following two “Venom” films starring Tom Hardy and Jared Leto’s recent vampire film “Morbius”.

El Conejo Malo has been a busy player lately. He recently had a role in “Narcos” on Netflix and will be seen battling Brad Pitt in David Leitch’s “Bullet Train” in July. “El Muerto” hits theaters on January 12, 2024.

The character El Muerto first appeared in the 2006 comic “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” #6 by Peter David and Roger Cruz, where he challenged Spider-Man to a wrestling match. The masked luchador had to win the match to satisfy a dark spirit that had haunted him and his father but also granted him his superpowers. Longtime Spider-Man super grumpy Daily Bugle boss J. Jonah Jameson fixed the match.

In the comics, El Muerto’s masked look is based on lucha libre wrestling and the character is Mexican. It’s unclear if this origin will be changed with the biggest Puerto Rican superstar of a generation now playing him on the big screen, but Hollywood tends to overlook these details of ancestral authenticity when it comes to Latino characters in cinema. But the isn’t a bigger Latino star in any medium than Bad Bunny, who has been The most listened-to Spotify artist in the world for the past two years, while performing exclusively in Spanish. If Santo Benito wants to play your Mexican superhero in the movies, you can’t say no, and playing a Mexican icon has done wonders for another Puerto Rican actor-musician: J-Lo (see “Selena”). So maybe lightning will strike twice.

Bad Bunny’s appearance in a movie as a superhero wrestler should come as no surprise to his fans. The reggaetonero is a fan of both. During one of his concerts in Puerto Rico in December, during a video tribute narrated by Benicio Del Toro dedicated to Puerto Rican icons, an animated Miles Morales/Spider-Man from “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” briefly appeared among some of the greatest Island legends. Morales is half Puerto Rican (via his mother) in the comics and in the film. Bad Bunny also has appeared in a tag team match at WWE’s biggest event, WrestleMania 37.

The odds of Spider-Man appearing in this movie – like he did in El Muerto’s first comic book appearance – are slim to none. The crawler hasn’t appeared in any of Sony’s villain movies yet except for a small moment in the post-credits scene of “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” but with so many Spider-Men live after “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” never say never.

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