Bad Bunny’s Marvel Anti-Hero ‘El Muerto’ Revealed at CinemaCon – Billboard
A reinvigorated Sony put on a spectacular opening night at CinemaCon as it took a much-deserved victory lap for Spider-Man: No Coming Home and teased her next list with awesome images of High-speed train and Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse.
Sony Pictures Entertainment President Tom Rothman was in rare form as he went through the studio’s lineup, including announcing that there would be upcoming installments in the ghost hunters and Venom franchises (no details were announced). Sony first made a lot of noise by showing more than 10 minutes of High-speed train, quickly followed by the announcement that Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, best known as global superstar Bad Bunny, will be playing the role of Marvel anti-hero comic book character El Muerto. He will be the first Latino actor to direct a Marvel live-action film. “It’s the perfect role for me. It’s going to be epic for me,” Bad Bunny said as he took the stage alongside Sony’s Sanford Panitch. (Bad Bunny’s feature debut is High-speed train.) Panitch announced the El Muerto The film will be released in theaters on January 12, 2024.
While most of the studio’s presentation focused on releasing exclusive footage, a confident Rothman quickly walked down memory lane to last year’s event. “I stood here in August and said the heart and soul of our business remains theatrical. What happened?” he asked more than 3,000 guests seated in the Colosseum , doubling down on how naysayers projected the death of the exposure business (“Don’t you know you’re dead? Can you read? You’re done!”) “Sony movies grossed 3.3 billion at the global box office during that time.
To enthusiastic applause, Rothman then welcomed writer/producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller to show off their Sony Pictures Animation work in progress, including storyboards, of the first 15 minutes of Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse, the highly anticipated first chapter of a two-part sequel from 2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Versewhich pushed the boundaries of animation and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for its efforts.
It again stars Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, a teenage Spider-Man who is transported to another universe, where he comes into contact with Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099, voiced by Oscar Isaac. Miles Morales will also team up with Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) as well as a new roster of Spider characters, including Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew, voiced by Issa Rae.
The clip begins in Gwen Stacy’s dimension, with Gwen and her father, the police chief, as he receives a call. Gwen follows and encounters Vulture. O’Hara’s Spider-Man and Spider-woman/Jessica Drew are introduced from another dimension. In the scene, Gwen’s father arrives and attempts to arrest her for the murder of Peter Parker, and she removes the mask and reveals her identity. Then we move on to the world of Miles Morales, which features Miles at a parent-teacher meeting at his school.
Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson are directing the sequel from a script by Lord, Miller and David Callaham. The film was scheduled to be released on October 7, 2022, but the studio announced last week that it was pushing back the theatrical release to June 2, 2023. Spider-Man: Behind the Spider-Verse is the name of the second of the sequels, which is scheduled for release on March 29, 2024.
Rothman closed the segment of the presentation: “To the opposition, ‘Beware the mess.’
He wasn’t the only one promoting Sony’s commitment to cinema. “I spoke about Sony’s commitment to protecting the exclusive cinema window. Last time I was here I said it was going to thrive and it did and we did it together” , said Sony Motion Pictures President John Greenstein.
Greenstein welcomed the ‘visionary director’ behind the wheel High-speed train, David Leitch. As he took the stage, he said he and his producing partner Kelly McCormick had set ambitious goals to create something “incredibly original, something that would bring people back to the movies”. “I believe we did.”
Leitch’s film, slated for July 29, is described as a fun and wacky action-thriller with Brad Pitt leading an eclectic and diverse cast of assassins – all with connected but conflicting goals – against the background. of a non-stop journey through the modern world. Japan day. He’s a Pitt “like you’ve never seen him before,” praised Leitch. And the footage backed up that claim with Pitt walking the streets of Tokyo while talking to Sandra Bullock’s character on the phone as she details her mission – to retrieve a briefcase with a train sticker on it.
Meanwhile, on the train, Aaron Taylor Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry wait with Logan Lerman after saving him from kidnapping. After the latter wakes up, the two assassins offer a gory recap of the 17 people they had to kill to free him. This high-energy sequence debuted to cheers and laughter, as did the full 10-minute sequence that ended with Bad Bunny’s explosive fight scene with Pitt.
Sony’s presentation also shed some light on the predictions The female king from the TriStar Pictures label. Division Chief Nicole Brown took the stage to recall the brief story of when Viola Davis came to her office to present the story of “badass all-female warriors.” Brown said she couldn’t believe it was true. “They were actual Amazons,” she explained. “A real world Black Panther.” She credited the Oscar, Emmy and
Tony Award-winning talent as a producer who defended the film “like a general.” Brown then hosted Woman King director Gina Prince Bythewood on stage. The filmmaker, who said it was incredibly cool to attend her first CinemaCon, praised her star as someone every director wants to work with. Marrying the material with an in-demand star allowed Prince Bythewood to “touch greatness”.
“She’s everything we all believe she is,” Prince-Bythewood said of her star. “She kicks ass in the movie.”
To honor his contributions, Prince-Bythewood revealed that she will be presenting Davis with a first Trailblazer Award, noting that the trophy will now be presented at CinemaCon each coming year. The bar is set quite high since Davis was greeted on stage with a standing ovation.
“The five words I don’t want to take to my grave would be that I wasn’t brave enough. I didn’t risk jumping through a plate of glass to risk discomfort, failure, exposure Davis said to kick off her acceptance speech. She then credited the late legend Cicely Tyson with inspiring her career choice when she first saw her at age 9.” The transformative and radical power it gave me to believe in something bigger than even my world. It alighted and landed inside me. I touched and landed in a generation of artists and wanted to do that with my work. As an actor, I wanted to play never-before-seen characters in a body that looked like mine.
Davis said that when The Woman King was brought in, she believed it was “divine intervention”. She called the film her “magnum opus”, as did its director. “I felt that was the absolute conduit with introducing a whole new realm of storytelling to the world.” She then presented an exclusive clip reel of never-before-seen footage that displayed some fierce action sequences.
Set for release on September 16, the film centers on the untold story inspired by real events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of Africa’s most powerful states in the 18th and 19th centuries. From a story by Maria Bello with a screenplay by Dana Stevens and Prince-Bythewood, The female king throws Davis against Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and John Boyega.
Reese Witherspoon appeared on the big screen via video message to introduce Where the Crawdads sing. Set for release on July 15, the film is based on the bestselling novel and tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who is raised to adulthood in the dangerous swamps of North Carolina. “It’s a wonderful film,” praised Witherspoon. “Everyone worked so hard to bring this to life. …Gorgeous scenery and wonderful acting, beautifully told.
Sony ended its presentation with images from George Tillman’s upcoming biopic about George Foreman. The real foreman made a special appearance via video and Rothman offered him the last words of the evening. “It took me a long time to be ready to tell my story on the big screen. But I felt confident in Tilman’s hands,” Foreman. “When you get knocked down, you get back up, both in life and in the ring. Have fun in Vegas – not too much fun – and God bless you all.
Hollywood studios and theater operators are gathering in Las Vegas this week for CinemaCon, the annual convention hosted by the National Association of Theater Owners. This year is particularly crucial for exhibitors trying to emerge from the ravages of the COVID-19 crisis and compete with streamers.
CinemaCon was completely canceled in 2020, while last year’s event was a stripped down version held in late August, compared to its traditional late spring slot.
This year, all five major Hollywood studios plus Lionsgate and Neon are touting their upcoming slates as they perform on stage inside the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
CinemaCon 2022 runs from April 25-28.
This article originally appeared on THR.com.