Bad Bunny Makes History As The First Latino To Lead A Live-Action Marvel Film

Bad Bunny Makes History As The First Latino To Lead A Live-Action Marvel Film

Bad Bunny secured himself a lil’ bit of history in the Marvel Universe. He is the first Latino to be cast as the lead in a live-action Marvel film.

Presented by Sony Motion Pictures Group, El Muerto, tells the story of a wrestler named Juan Carlos Estrada Sanchez (also El Muerto) in the comics. According to Marvel’s site, the character possess powers and a mask passed down through generations. In the new film, Bad Bunny will tackle portraying the character as an antihero who is about to inherit his father’s power, per Variety. 

Bad Bunny Joins Marvel Universe 

The announcement came during the recent CinemaCon, an annual meeting between movie theater owners. Sony president Sanford Panitch introduced the actor at the event. Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, spoke on his excitement for the opportunity. 

“It’s amazing, it’s incredible. I love wrestling. I grew up watching wrestling and I’m a wrestler. I’m a former champion so this is why I love this character,” Bad Bunny said. “I think it’s the perfect role to me and it will be epic.”

Despite being Marvel’s first, this won’t be Bad Bunny’s first time taking on a role. He previously lent his talents to Narcos: Mexico and another project named Cassandro. 

He also wrapped another film alongside industry vets like Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock. That movie, named Bullet Train, will be out this summer in July. At CinemaCon, Bad Bunny spoke about working with the movie’s director David Leitch–who will also be involved with El Muerto. 

“An amazing experience. David (Leitch) is awesome. I loved working with him on my first film and now with this opportunity to bring El Muerto to life,” Bad Bunny said.

Those excited to see Bad Bunny take on the Marvel Universe will be waiting for a hot minute. El Muerto won’t hit theaters until January 12, 2024.

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