Marvel Ropes In Pop Star Bad Bunny As Wrestler El Muerto, Becomes First Latino Actor To Headline A Superhero Film
Puerto Rican record producer-singer-actor Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, who is better known by his stage name ‘Bad Bunny’, has been roped in for the standalone comic book film, ‘El Muerto’, reports ‘Variety’.
With this move, he has become the newest Marvel hero in Sony Pictures’ portfolio of super characters. As per ‘Variety’, ‘El Muerto’ is set to hit theatres on January 12, 2024.
Introduced by Sony Motion Pictures Group president Sanford Panitch at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of movie theatre owners in Las Vegas, Ocasio aka Bad Bunny will be the first-ever Latino actor to headline a live-action Marvel movie.
“To bring ‘El Muerto’ to life is just incredible .. so exciting,” the rapper told the crowd as quoted by ‘Variety’, adding that he grew up a fan of wrestling.
Known as Juan-Carlos Estrada Sanchez in the comics, El Muerto is a wrestler whose powers are handed down by ancestry in the form of a mask (which, according to Marvel’s official site, gives him superhuman strength). In past comic narratives, El Muerto has gotten in the ring with Spider-Man himself. On stage at CinemaCon, Sony brass suggested Ocasio will portray an antihero on the verge of inheriting his father’s power.
Sony’s adaptive Marvel rights have yielded three ‘Spider-Man’ iterations over 20 years, with the current Tom Holland-led series most recently enjoying a massive hit in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’. Additional franchises include Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams’ ‘Venom’, Jared Leto’s ‘Morbius’ and the Oscar-winning animated film ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’.