Bad Bunny to Star in Spiderman Spin-Off

Announced on Monday afternoon, Bad Bunny will play El Muerto, a supernatural superhero luchador, in a Spider-Man spinoff. Sony, the studio producing the film, announced that it is set to be released on January 12, 2024. It will be following last year’s sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage which starred Tom Hardy. Additionally, Sony also confirmed a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife. 

Bad Bunny, Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, was named Spotify’s most-streamed artist in 2020 and 2021 while topping 9 billion streams last year. According to Ocasio’s team, the Puerto Rican producer, rapper, and occasional WWE professional wrestler will be Marvel’s first live-action Latino lead in any movie. In addition to starring in El Muerto, Ocasio is also set to star in a forthcoming action film, Bullet Train, alongside actor Brad Pitt and many other well-known actors. 

Since Bad Bunny has experience at both Royal Rumble and WWE Wrestlemania, he is in good standing to be playing El Muerto, a less famous and lesser-known Marvel comic character who possesses wrestling-like superpowers that were passed down through generations which leads up to a masked wrestling match against Spider-Man. El Muerto was not created until 2006 by Peter David and artist Roger Cruz. Shortly after, El Muerto became a part of the Marvel canon.

Like other films a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, El Muerto serves as an anti-hero and rival to Spiderman. Because El Muerto is a less famous and lesser-known character in the Marvel Comics, only being in two issues, fans and fanatics of marvel are surprised at the news. However, by having Bad Bunny play the character and himself as a professional wrestler (making him a perfect match for the role, Sony might be set with a very entertaining and exhilarating anti-hero film. According to Bad Bunny himself, at the panel for El Muerto, the rapper said, “I love wrestling, and now I’m a wrestler, the perfect role. It will be epic.” WIth Bad Bunny’s name tied to the upcoming film, the Sony Studio hopes that the film will gain traction from fans of the rapper and producer and fans and fanatics of the comic book character.

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