It’s easy to spit on Sony and its exploitation of the Spider-Man universe. Everything is chaotic, and nothing is successful. Really, a miss from A to Z. While there is an immense field of possibilities. But no, the studio makes a series of bad decisions, as this announcement of a film on El Muerto with Bad Bunny proves to us. a strong failure: at the end of the 1990s, Marvel narrowly avoided bankruptcy by selling the rights to its characters for the big screen to many different studios. However, if Disney was able to buy almost all the characters (Hulk originally belonged to Universal), one house stood up: Sony. She has held the rights to Spider-Man for two decades, took advantage of a Sam Raimi trilogy, then an unfortunately somewhat unsuccessful reboot, before accepting a Disney / Sony association to integrate Peter Parker into the MCU. While keeping the rights to the man, and the characters surrounding him. That’s why, to make the most of the catalog (and make as much money as possible from all this), the studio has launched parallel adventures of spider-man from spin-offs about villains. There has obviously been Venom, twice, and more recently Morbius. Still to come is a movie about the cult villain Kraven the Hunter, and another about Madame Web. That’s a lot you will tell me, and the level has always been (for the moment anyway) really catastrophic. And if this was only the beginning? This Tuesday, April 26 opened the CinemaCon, a major annual meeting in Las Vegas for cinema operators. And the opening night was held by Sony, buoyed by the triumph of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third biggest box office success of all time in the United States. The studio took the opportunity to discuss the sequels to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Bullet Train, and to announce several things, including a Venom 3, as well as a new Spider-Man spin-off, and there it gets complicated. So we’ll have a film about El Muerto in the next few months, starring rap superstar Bad Bunny in the title role – who we’ll see for the first time in theaters in Bullet Train. Spanish-speaking character, Sony decided to make an incomprehensible decision. There are other known and more interesting characters in this field, from Miles Morales, of course, to Miguel O’Hara (Spider-Man 2099), or even Anya Corazòn (Spider-Girl). We understand that it’s complicated to do a spin-off on a good guy, where the priority is clearly, for some reason that escapes us a little, to exploit only the bad guys. All the same: El Muerto is a character who only appeared twice in the comics, born in 2006, who is none other than a wrestler without any superpowers (but whose mask gives him superhuman strength), and who trains to avenge death of his father by a god – god he can’t beat without Spidey, that’s how optional this all seems. the consequent mythology and with many arcs of comics to pump, it falls to the side, what about a film about a character with whom there is nothing to put in their mouths, and especially that nobody knows – and whose does everyone give a damn? Response in 2024.
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