The upcoming Spider-Man spin-off El Muerto has found its director – Jonás Cuaron.
According to The Wrap, the director, who is known for directing the 2015 thriller Desierto, has joined the project, bringing the obscure Spider-Man character to the big screen.
Additionally, Blue Beetle writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer is currently penning the script, which is reportedly in early development.
El Muerto will star the Puerto Rican musician, Bad Bunny (aka Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio) as the super-powered Mexican masked wrestler. Bad Bunny was Spotify’s most-streamed artist in 2020 with 8.3 billion streams, and again in 2021 with 9.1 billion streams. Primarily known as a rapper, Bad Bunny recently made his film debut in Bullet Train.
In the comic books, El Muerto (real name Juan Carlos Estrada Sanchez) is the son of a luchador who finds that he is set to inherit a mystical wrestling mask that will imbue him with superhuman strength and endurance.
The character first appeared in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 in 2006 which sees Spider-Man face off against the wrestler at a charity event organized by J. Jonah Jameson… a fight which would see the loser unmasked and his identity revealed.
Whether or not this fight makes it into the movie remains to be seen, but it would certainly be an interesting way to expand the Spider-Verse, which has seen Venom and Morbius bring some of its major characters to the big screen.
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Of course, the Spider-Verse is about to get even bigger, with Kraven the Hunter on its way in 2023 with Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the leading role. Then, there’s Madame Webb in 2024 starring Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney.
Adding Jonás Cuaron as director certainly lends the film a certain pedigree… and with El Muerto more on the fringe of the Spider-Verse than in the center of it, I get the feeling the film is going to need it.
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.