It’s not uncommon for music artists to break into the world of acting. Just look at chart-toppers like Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, and Will Smith. Now, Grammy Award-winning artist Bad Bunny is making his moves and he’s moving fast. He’s set to star in the summer blockbuster Bullet Train, along with seasoned acting vets like Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sandra Bullock, Michael Shannon, and Brian Tyree Henry.
While that’s impressive and all, we’re actually here to talk about how his next project is a film that takes place in the Spider-Man Sonyverse.
Bad Bunny’s next project with Sony Pictures is kind of a big deal for a few reasons. First, as we mentioned before, it takes place in Sony’s Spider-Man universe — which is a little messy right now after the poor reviews of Venom: Let There Be Carnage and even worse reviews of Morbius.
Second, he’s going to be playing El Muerto, a villain that not many people know about (for reasons we will get into later), and he’s not playing a supporting role in another villain’s movie. No, Bad Bunny will be playing El Muerto in a solo film that centers exclusively around this character.
Third, El Muerto’s solo film is rumored to be part of a build up to the Sinister Six.
El Muerto’s origins can be traced back to his appearance in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 (2006). Juan Carlos Estrada Sanchez took on the name “El Muerto” after his father — who also took on the same name from his father (and so on). Not only is the name passed down, but also the power of super strength that comes from the magical luchador mask. However, Sanchez is not granted this power easily through lineage. In order for Sanchez to take on the El Muerto mantle, he has to prove himself worthy to own the mask and its powers.
When speaking with GQ about this new role, Bad Bunny expressed how excited he was to become a part of a franchise that he’s already a fan of and talked about the expectations that will be on his shoulders when it comes to taking on El Muerto.
“This role is perfect, and I know El Muerto is going to be epic. I’m a Marvel fan and the fact that I’m now part of this family still feels like a dream. Maybe, for some people, it’s different in that the higher they go, the less pressure they feel, because maybe they’re confident that everything they do will be a success, but I’m the opposite—the more I acquire an audience, the more I go up, the more pressure I feel to keep going. Sometimes, I can’t sleep thinking about that. I go days without sleeping.”
El Muerto is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on January 12, 2024.
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