If it was going to happen anywhere first, it was going to be at Sony. In the face of the fallout from The Flash following Black Adam and Shazam!: Fury Of The Gods into the toilet of box office oblivion, a Sony Spider-Man spin-off is first to fall. The upcoming El Muerto, set to star rapper Bad Bunny, has been placed on “indefinite hold” and been pulled from Sony’s release schedule. That is effectively canned.
The project had not started filming, so it was always going to struggle to make the January 12th 2024 release date. The Hollywood Reporter and Sony are pointing to the ongoing writer’s strike and potential SAG strike as the main factor, with Bad Bunny’s touring schedule also mentioned. However, everyone knows that the wheels are in danger of falling off Hollywood’s recent golden goose. The superhero engine is spluttering.
Jonas Cuaron (Desierto, Chupa), son of Alfonso Cuaron, was to direct the movie about the son of a luchador. That’s a Mexican wrestler to us gringos. This would have been the first Marvel movie with a Latino lead.
The rest of the cast was being assembled, with Marvin Jones III reprising the role of Tombstone from Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse He had previously appeared as DC villain Tobias Whale in Black Lightning. Wrestler Sasha Banks was also to star.
The rest of Sony’s release schedule will shift around this. Dumb Money comes forward a month to September 22nd, and The Book of Clarence moves back three months into El Muerto’s spot. DC gets to the Latino hero market first, with Blue Beetle coming this year.
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