Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, the Puerto Rican musician better known by the stage name Bad Bunny, has been cast as the superhero and masked luchador El Muerto for his own solo movie set within Sony's Spider-Man Universe. Ocasio becomes the first Latino actor to headline a live-action Marvel film.
El Muerto is a relatively minor character within Marvel canon, debuting in the pages of 2006's Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 as created by writer Peter David and artist Roger Cruz. Bad Bunny's El Muerto is Juan-Carlos Estrada Sánchez, who in the comics eventually gets in the ring with Spider-Man himself.
Via Marvel, "The powers and mask of the super-powered wrestler El Muerto have been passed down generation to generation. Each wrestler had to prove themselves to their oppressor, El Dorado, so that they could remain alive and keep their powers." According to reports out of CinemaCon, where Bad Bunny's casting was announced, the onscreen version of El Muerto will be an antihero on the verge of inheriting his father's power.
No writer or director has been announced yet.
El Muerto joins the growing roster of Spider-Man characters getting their own movies at Sony, following Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Kraven the Hunter (set to hit theaters on Jan. 13, 2023) and the Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney starrer, Madame Web, due out July 7, 2023. Sony also announced Tom Hardy's Venom is getting a threequel.
While El Muerto will mark Bad Bunny's first lead role, he made his big screen debut with a cameo in F9: The Fast Saga and will play a part in this summer's Bullet Train opposite Brad Pitt. He's also a regular of WWE Raw and appeared at WrestleMania 37, both of which should prove useful as he prepares to enter the ring.
El Muerto is dated to hit theaters on January 12, 2024.