During their CinemaCon presentation earlier this year, Sony revealed that they are working on an El Muerto movie as part of their Spider-Man Universe franchise with Grammy-winning rapper Bad Bunny attached to star as the first Latino character to lead a Marvel movie.
Since then, we haven't heard any significant update about the development of the project that is set for release in 2024. However, today, it looks like the film has finally hired its key creative players as TheWrap reported that Jonás Cuarón has been tapped to direct El Muerto while Blue Beetle writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer is hired to pen the screenplay.
In case you’re not familiar with the character, El Muerto is a highly-skilled wrestler whose mask grants him superhuman strength and endurance. He made his appearances in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man issues no. 6 and 7 which were published in 2006 where he fought Spider-Man first before they became an ally and teamed up to fight El Dorado. However, the character hasn’t made other appearances in the comics since then.
The film is part of Sony's Spider-Man Universe slate which includes entries such as Venom, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Morbius, and upcoming projects that are currently in the works such as Kraven the Hunter and Madame Web.
Jonás Cuarón is known for directing the 2015 thriller film Desierto. He is also the son of Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón, who he worked with in the award-winning film Gravity. Dunnet-Alcocer's involvement comes as he recently worked on the first Latino-led DC film Blue Beetle.
The hiring of the two key players in the project is an indication that the studio is officially moving ahead with the development of the film. Considering the nature of the character and its lack of presence in the comics unlike most Marvel characters that they introduced, there is a lot of curiosity about how exactly they are going to present this story and make it part of the universe.
El Muerto is slated for release in theaters on January 12, 2024.