Jun 21, 2023

Sony Axes Bad Bunny Spider-Man Spinoff ‘El Muerto’ From Calendar

Sorry Spidey fans, looks like Bad Bunny won’t be joining as part of the iconic franchise anytime soon.


The feature project, which had Jonás Cuarón, the son of filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, in the director’s chair, was slated for a Jan. 12, 2024, release date, but Sony announced Wednesday that it had taken the title off its release schedule. Muerto was to have been the first live-action Marvel project to star a Latino character. El Muerto is a comic book character who is an antihero and the son of a luchador (Mexican wrestler). The project had not even started shooting, so making that date would have been either a race or a non-starter. Sources say the project fell victim to the ongoing writers strike; the script needed additional work as of mid-spring, but services could not be rendered before the writer’s strike commenced earlier this year. (pictures a world where the studios just paid the writers a fair fee)

El Muerto was also not yet cast but sources say that the studio was making choices and had been circling professional wrestler Mercedes Varnado, known by her stage name as Sasha Banks, for a role, and Marvin Jones III for the role of the crime lord known as Tombstone. Marvin Jones previously voiced the character in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Another factor in the release being cut from the schedule was Bad Bunny’s touring schedule, which had firmed up while the movie was dallying. It is unclear what the fate of the project will be as it’s not clear how long Bad Bunny can remain attached.

Sony, which controls the film rights to Spider-Man(for now), has already released two Venom features, and recently released the first trailer for Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and due out Oct. 6. It also has Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney’s Madame Web for Feb. 16, 2024.