Blue Beetle actor Xolo Maridueña threw some playful shade at Bad Bunny’s El Muerto movie.
Earlier this week, it was announced at CinemaCon that one of the upcoming new entries in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe will be El Muerto. The film is the latest spinoff, following both Venom films, Morbius, and the upcoming films Kraven the Hunter and Madame Web. Pop star Bad Bunny is attached to play the title role, with a release date set for January 12, 2024.
While Sony looks to continue expanding their Spider-Man Universe of films with this upcoming Latino-led film in Bad Bunny’s El Muerto, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films are looking to introduce Xolo Maridueña as Blue Beetle in an upcoming film of the same name.
Based on the news regarding Bad Bunny’s El Muerto, it appears that most were surprised by the news, with many leading in with a collective shrug. Interestingly enough, Xolo Maridueña responded to the news regarding Sony’s upcoming film, and it’s safe to say that the Blue Beetle star played up the snark on his official Instagram story:
A 20-year old actor of Mexican, Cuban and Ecuadorian descent, Xolo Maridueña is best known for his work as Miguel Diaz in the Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai, which made its debut on YouTube Red before moving to Netflix. He previously starred in the NBC series Parenthood. Blue Beetle marks Maridueña’s first foray into the DC Universe.
In DC Comics lore, Dan Garrett was an archeologist who discovered the Blue Beetle scarab and used its power to fight crime. Though his successor, Ted Kord, was unable to harness the scarab’s power, the brilliant billionaire took on the Blue Beetle mantle from his mentor using technology and martial arts. Years later, a teenage boy named Jaime Reyes came into the possession of the Blue Beetle scarab and used it to manifest a weaponized exoskeleton. Taking on the Beetle mantle, Jaime used the suit for good alongside his two best friends Brenda and Paco.
Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers and Cully Hamner, Jaime Reyes made his first appearance in the pages of 2006’s Infinite Crisis #5. A live-action version of Jaime made an appearance in the Superman prequel series Smallville, with Jaren Brandt Bartlett playing the DC Comics hero.
Blue Beetle is being directed by Angel Manuel Soto for an August 2023 release. Stay tuned for the latest news surrounding the Xolo Maridueña film and Sony’s upcoming El Muerto film starring Bad Bunny, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!