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Analysis | ‘Shazam: Fury of the Gods’ post-credits cameos hint at the future



This text accommodates spoilers for “Shazam! Fury of the Gods.”

For those who thought DC’s 2023 superhero film slate was a set of lame duck franchises that don’t matter within the new world order of the JGDCU (James Gunn DC Cinematic Universe, which isn’t what they’re calling it, by the best way) then you definitely clearly haven’t seen “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” but.

The newest movie starring Asher Angel as teenager Billy Batson and Zachary Levi because the grownup superhero he magically transforms into when he says the phrase “shazam” goes out of its technique to present this franchise might nonetheless have life at DC Studios regardless of being filmed means earlier than Gunn was named its co-boss.

The largest trace comes within the first of the movie’s two post-credits scenes, which options brokers Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) and John Economos (Steve Agee) from the HBO Max collection “Peacemaker.” (Pleasant reminder, in case you’ve by no means seen the hilariously not-for-kids “Peacemaker” opening credit, deal with your self). The 2 brokers reveal they know Shazam’s secret id and that he’s received an invite from Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to hitch the Justice … Society. Virtually had you there. You received’t see the Justice League once more till Gunn says so.

Inserting Shazam in a nose to nose dialog with characters from an ongoing DC collection the place Gunn was the showrunner for the primary season looks like exhibit “A” in proving the hero is sticking round. It additionally doesn’t harm that Gunn’s fellow DC Studios co-head, Peter Safran, is a producer on each “Shazam!” movies.

The second post-credits scene reveals the return of the villain of the primary “Shazam!” movie, Physician Sivana (Mark Robust), nonetheless in jail and having a dialog with Mister Thoughts (voiced by director David F. Sandberg), an alien worm with the thoughts of a genius. Sivana is annoyed he’s been in jail for 2 years with little contact from Mister Thoughts, who assures him that he has a plan transferring ahead that may get him out quickly. Would that plan happen in a 3rd “Shazam!” film beneath the supervision of Gunn? The post-credits scene that includes Robust might have simply been left on the chopping room flooring on Gunn’s orders. Nevertheless it wasn’t.

The cameo “Shazam!” followers most wished however didn’t occur: Black Adam. Not a shock contemplating Dwayne Johnson let it’s recognized his character wouldn’t play second fiddle to anybody within the DC universe, together with Levi’s Shazam. The 2 are intense rivals within the comics and Levi advised The Washington Publish in 2019 he thought that matchup can be “iconic.” However it appears like they’ll by no means be on the display collectively until Black Adam is recast. That’s a colossal misstep and reveals simply how a lot of a large number DC was earlier than Gunn’s arrival.

Johnson did deliver again Henry Cavill as Superman in a “Black Adam” post-credits scene and introduced the duo was DC’s subsequent massive rivalry, just for Gunn to be named co-head of DC Studios a short while later and rapidly affirm Cavill wouldn’t be his Superman.

With coronary heart and humor, Zachary Levi says ‘Shazam!’ seems like ‘a really totally different sort’ of DC film

The largest cameo of this new “Shazam” is Gal Gadot returning for a fast however very significant look as Marvel Girl. “Fury of the Gods” initially teases her arrival in a dream sequence however you’ll be able to’t see her face, very similar to the tacky Superman “look” from the neck down on the finish of the primary movie. However Gadot swoops in and saves the day on the finish, leaving followers to marvel if that is the final we’ll ever see of her on this position or if she’ll return. Gunn has made it clear: new Superman, new Batman and new Robin. However new Marvel Girl? Gunn has but to verify. And does Gadot even need to proceed as Marvel Girl if director Patty Jenkins isn’t concerned? Jenkins has gone on the document saying she would have cherished to proceed with the franchise but it surely appears like DC wished to go in one other route.

Ezra Miller’s “The Flash” film later this summer season is meant to assist welcome in Gunn’s new superheroes of the longer term. That DC reboot might function a purpose for Gadot’s Marvel Girl and Levi’s Shazam to not return.

Or Gunn might determine his new DC universe shall be an amalgam of latest and never so new superheroes.

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