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

Thu 22 Jun 2023 | 10:25 AM
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Sony Pictures has removed Bad Bunny's Spider-Man spin-off movie "El Muerto" from its theatrical release calendar.

The movie was initially scheduled for January 12, 2024, but now it no longer has a release date.

As part of the announcement, Sony shifted the dates for “Dumb Money”, inspired by the GameStop sock frenzy, which will open on September 22 instead of October 20 as  as well as the LaKeith Stanfield-led biblical epic “The Book of Clarence”, which took the place of “El Muerto” after moving from September 22 to the mid-January slot.

"El Muerto" was announced in 2022 at Cinemacon during Sony’s panel.

El Muerto/ Juan-Carlos Estrada Sanchez was a super-powered wrestler who originally fought Spider-Man in a charity wrestling match in which he nearly unmasked the webslinger before being stung by Spider-Man with a paralyzing poison. After his oppressor El Dorado came to claim his life, he was saved by Spider-Man, after which the two team up to defeat Dorado.

The project would mark the first Latin superhero to get his own movie in the Marvel cinematic universe, coming right after Sony's "Madame Web", which marked the first female character from the Spider-Man universe to get her own movie.

El Muerto isn’t as popular as Venom or Kraven the Hunter, however, Sony's rushing to get the project into development had a lot to do with Bad Bunny’s persistence in finding that right superhero property for himself.

“To bring El Muerto to life is just incredible… so exciting,” Bad Bunny told audiences at CinemaCon.

“El Muerto” is one of several Spider-Man-related spinoffs from Sony. So far, the studio has mined its arsenal of Marvel characters to mixed results. “Venom” and its 2021 sequel “Let There Be Carnage” scored $1.3 billion combined, 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,” featuring Dakota Johnson, on February 16, 2024.