Music superstar Bad Bunny is putting his pro wrestling training to use for an upcoming movie role.
At CinemaCon on Monday night, Sony Pictures announced that Bad Bunny will star in the Spider-Man spinoff movie "El Muerto." The film is scheduled to be released on January 12, 2024.
The El Muerto character is a "super-powered wrestler." Bad Bunny is a lifelong pro wrestling fan and has partnered with WWE for appearances in both 2021 and 2022. He teamed with Damian Priest against The Miz & John Morrison at WrestleMania 37, appeared in the 2022 men's Royal Rumble match, and is a former WWE 24/7 Champion.
"It’s amazing, it’s incredible. I love wrestling," Bad Bunny said about playing El Muerto. "I grew up watching wrestling and I’m a wrestler. I’m a former champion, so this is why I love this character. I think it’s the perfect role to me and it will be epic.”
El Muerto will be the first Latino Marvel character to get their own live-action film.
Marvel wrote about the El Muerto character:
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. When Marcus Estrada presented his son Juan Carlos to el Dorado, Juan Carlos cowered in terror, unwilling to fight him. Marcus Estrada sacrificed his life to try and save Juan Carlos. Out of respect for his father's courage, el Dorado granted Juan Carlos ten years to travel and to become brave, and then to duel a masked wrestler and unmask him.
Ten years later, el Muerto traveled to New York City and approached J. Jonah Jameson to set up a charity event: A wrestling match, in which el Muerto would fight Spider-Man. Jonah organized the match, hoping that el Muerto would defeat and unmask Spider-Man. El Muerto and Spider-Man both attended the match, and Spider-Man was confident he would easily defeat el Muerto. The tide turned, and el Muerto nearly unmasked Spider-Man. Reflexively, Spider-Man stabbed el Muerto with his stingers, injecting him with a paralyzing poison.
Spider-Man rescued el Muerto in the hospital when el Dorado came to claim his life. El Muerto came to and aided Spider-Man in defeating el Dorado. El Dorado still managed to escape before they managed to defeat him.