‘El Muerto’, Bad Bunny’s Wrestling-Themed Spider-Man Film Pulled From Sony Release Schedule

Bad news for Bad Bunny fans eager to see him make his Marvel debut in Sony’s El Muerto film. THR confirms that Sony Pictures has pulled the film off of its release date schedule. The wrestling-themed Spider-Man spinoff was to open on Jan. 12th 2024.

Rapper, global phenom, and hardcore WWE fan/performer Bad Bunny was to take the lead role of El Muerto, a Spider-Man antihero and the son of a famous luchadore aka Mexican wrestler.

The ongoing WGA strike is said to be the cause for Sony making this move, as El Muerto still needed work done on the screenplay as of last spring and nothing could be done. Jonás Cuarón (Desierto) is in line to direct whenever shooting can finally begin. But this could be wishful thinking as Bad Bunny’s incredibly busy schedule could delay things further, or cause him to drop out altogether.

El Muerto isn’t officially canceled, just off the schedule for now. Rumors are The Mandalorian‘s Mercedes Varnado aka Mercedes Monety and formerly WWE superstar Sasha Banks was up for a role, with Marvin Jones III (aka rapper Krondon) reportedly eyed to play Tombstone. Jones voiced Tombstone in 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, too.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.