Bad Bunny’s Spider-Man Spinoff ‘El Muerto’ Pulled From Sony’s Release Schedule

Sony’s “El Muerto,” a superhero spinoff starring Bad Bunny, no longer has a release date.

The film, originally scheduled for January 12, 2024, has been pulled from the studio’s schedule. As part of the announcement, Sony changed the dates for “Dumb Money,” inspired by the GameStop sock frenzy, which will open September 22 instead of October 20; as well as the LaKeith Stanfield-directed biblical epic “The Book of Clarence,” which replaced “El Muerto” after moving from September 22 to mid-January.

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Set in Sony’s Marvel Character Universe, “El Muerto” is the studio’s first live-action superhero film to star a Latino actor. Known in the comics as Juan-Carlos Estrada Sanchez, El Muerto is a wrestler whose superhuman powers stem from a special mask passed down from generation to generation. It’s unclear if Spider-Man will appear in the film, but El Muerto has previously taken on the web-slinger (on the pages of Marvel Comics) in hopes of unmasking the vigilante before the two eventually join forces.

“Bringing El Muerto to life is just amazing…so exciting,” Bad Bunny told audiences at CinemaCon in 2022, when the project was first announced.

“El Muerto” is one of many Spider-Man-related spinoffs in Sony’s work. So far, the studio has mined its arsenal of Marvel characters with mixed results. “Venom” and its 2021 sequel “Let There Be Carnage” scored with a combined $1.3 billion, but neither were critical darlings. Ditto for Jared Leto’s vampire-inspired “Morbius,” which failed to charm audiences and ended its theatrical run with $167 million.

Next, Sony has “Kraven the Hunter,” starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, on October 6 and “Madame Web,” starring Dakota Johnson, on February 16, 2024.

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