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Bad Bunny joins Sony’s new Marvel movie El Muerto

Bad Bunny joins Sony's new Marvel movie El Muerto 2

Bad Bunny joins Sony’s new Marvel movie El Muerto as the first Latino actor to headline a live-action Marvel movie

After cutting his teeth with roles in F9: The Fast Saga and Netflix’s Narcos, Latino music sensation Bad Bunny is entering the superhero movie realm with El Muerto.

The 28-year-old Puerto Rico native (real name Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio) was revealed to play the title character in Sony’s El Muerto during the studio’s CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas on Monday evening.

He will be the first Latino actor to play the lead role of a live-action Marvel superhero movie, with Sony setting a January 12, 2024 release date for El Muerto.

Superhero: After cutting his teeth with roles in F9: The Fast Saga and Netflix's Narcos, Latino music sensation Bad Bunny is entering the superhero movie realm with El Muerto

Superhero: After cutting his teeth with roles in F9: The Fast Saga and Netflix’s Narcos, Latino music sensation Bad Bunny is entering the superhero movie realm with El Muerto

Bunny also stars in Sony’s highly-anticipated Bullet Train with Brad Pitt, in theaters July 29, with the actor and rapper praising director David Leitch, who directed him in F9 as well as Bullet Train.

‘An amazing experience. David (Leitch) is awesome. I loved working with him on my first film,’ the rapper said.

‘With this opportunity to bring El Muerto to life, it’s amazing, it’s incredible. I love wrestling,’ he said.

Praise: Bunny also stars in Sony's highly-anticipated Bullet Train with Brad Pitt, in theaters July 29, with the actor and rapper praising director David Leitch (center), who directed him in F9 as well as Bullet Train

Praise: Bunny also stars in Sony’s highly-anticipated Bullet Train with Brad Pitt, in theaters July 29, with the actor and rapper praising director David Leitch (center), who directed him in F9 as well as Bullet Train

‘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,’ he added.

El Muerto a.k.a. Juan-Carlos Estrada Sanchez was created by Peter David and Roger Cruz, first appearing in the Marvel Comics in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 in May 2006.

Juan-Carlos is the son of Marcus Estrada de la Garcia, who trained his son his whole life to be part of a group called El Muertos, masked Mexican wrestlers whose mystical masks grant them superhuman powers.

Comics: El Muerto a.k.a. Juan-Carlos Estrada Sanchez was created by Peter David and Roger Cruz, first appearing in the Marvel Comics in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 in May 2006

Comics: El Muerto a.k.a. Juan-Carlos Estrada Sanchez was created by Peter David and Roger Cruz, first appearing in the Marvel Comics in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 in May 2006

El Muerto fought Spider-Man in a charity wrestling match in the comics, in which he nearly unmasked the hero before he was inadvertently injected with a poisonous stinger.

When his nemesis El Dorado came to take El Muerto’s life, Spider-Man saved El Muerto’s life as the two teamed up to defeat El Dorado.

Sony Motion Pictures Group president Sanford Panitch hinted during the presentation that El Muerto will be an ‘antihero’ who is, ‘on the verge of inheriting his father’s  powers,’ according to Variety’s report.

Antihero: Sony Motion Pictures Group president Sanford Panitch hinted during the presentation that El Muerto will be an 'antihero' who is, 'on the verge of inheriting his father's powers,' according to Variety 's report

Antihero: Sony Motion Pictures Group president Sanford Panitch hinted during the presentation that El Muerto will be an ‘antihero’ who is, ‘on the verge of inheriting his father’s powers,’ according to Variety ‘s report

Nemesis: When his nemesis El Dorado came to take El Muerto's life, Spider-Man saved El Muerto's life as the two teamed up to defeat El Dorado

Nemesis: When his nemesis El Dorado came to take El Muerto’s life, Spider-Man saved El Muerto’s life as the two teamed up to defeat El Dorado

The news comes just days after Bunny teased his new album Un Verano Sin Ti, which is slated for release later this year.

He also unveiled his World’s Hottest Tour dates in late January, where he’ll play some of the biggest sports arenas in the world.

The tour kicks off at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on August 5 and concludes at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico on December 9. 

Album: The news comes just days after Bunny teased his new album Un Verano Sin Ti, which is slated for release later this year

Album: The news comes just days after Bunny teased his new album Un Verano Sin Ti, which is slated for release later this year

Tour: He also unveiled his World's Hottest Tour dates in late January, where he'll play some of the biggest sports arenas in the world

Tour: He also unveiled his World’s Hottest Tour dates in late January, where he’ll play some of the biggest sports arenas in the world

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