Even as Sony looks to the likes of Kraven The Hunter as the future of its Spider-Man-based spin-off universe, it is having to pump the brakes on others. The studio has announced it is taking the Bad Bunny-starring El Muerto off its release schedule.
The reason? Chalk up another film impacted by the ongoing writers' strike, plus complications from its musician star's touring schedule.
El Muerto debuted in a 2006 issue of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, written by Peter David, and illustrated by Roger Cruz. The character, real name Juan Carlos, was a super powered wrestler who originally fought Spider-Man in a charity wrestling where he nearly unmasked the hero before being stung by Spider-Man, with a paralyzing poison. After being saved from the hospital by the web-spinner when Muerto’s oppressor El Dorado came to claim the wrestler’s life, the two would team up to defeat Dorado.
Jonás Cuaron is aboard to direct, but while the movie had been targeting a 12 January 2024 release, it now sits in limbo. Jeymes Samuel's The Book Of Clarence will take its place, at least in the States.