Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for Shazam
Shazam is now in theaters, and while the trailers have shown off some funny and epic moments, there are still plenty of surprises in store for audiences. Avoiding spoilers for upcoming movies isn't always easy, and test screenings for Shazam led to one major cameo in particular being revealed early. However, from the secret villains of the movie to the reveal of the Shazam Family and their powers, the movie has managed to keep some of the coolest moments under wraps.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a troublesome foster kid who keeps running away from homes in search of his biological mother. He's given another chance with a new foster family, and after a moment of bravery is whisked away to the Rock of Eternity, where a powerful wizard (Djimon Hounsou) gifts him with incredible powers. By saying the word "Shazam!" Billy is transformed into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi), complete with a snazzy costume, super-speed, lightning powers, near-invulnerability, and a host of other powers. With the help of his new foster brother, Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer), Billy tries to get to grips with his newfound ability and figure out what kind of superhero he's going to be.
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Unfortunately, the evil Doctor Sivana (Mark Strong) has acquired some powers of his own, and will now stop at nothing to defeat the wizard's champion and steal Shazam's power for himself. Here's our breakdown of the biggest spoilers, surprises, twists and turns in Shazam.
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The Movie Opens With Dr. Sivana's Origins
While Billy Batson and the Shazam family are the heart of Shazam, we don't actually meet Billy until after the movie's opening title. The very first scene in Shazam isn't Billy's origin story, but Doctor Sivana's. We see a young Sivana playing with a Magic 8 Ball in the back of a car, with his bullying father and brother in the front seats, when suddenly he's transported to the Rock of Eternity. With incredible powers within his grasp, young Sivana fails a test to see whether he's pure of heart - reaching out to try and steal the Eye of Sin when tempted by the Seven Deadly Sins. The wizard sends Sivana away again, and his ensuing freak-out results in a car crash that leaves his father paralyzed.
The Seven Deadly Sins Are Shazam's Real Villains
Shazam's trailers did a good job of concealing the movie's real villains: the Seven Deadly Sins. These beings are trapped inside statues on the Rock of Eternity, and are held captive there by wizards - whose numbers have been whittled down until just one is left. When Sivana finally returns to the Rock of Eternity he puts the Eye of Sin - a glowing orb to which the Seven Deadly Sins are connected - into his own head. While Sivana thinks that he's in control and has amassed great power, the reality is that he's simply a pawn being used by the Seven Deadly Sins. Each of these monstrous beings can emerge from Sivana and take on either a solid or smoky form, making them difficult to fight. With each Sin that leaves, Sivana's powers become weaker, but the hardest Sin of all to separate from him is Envy. It's not until the end of the movie that Shazam is finally able to draw Envy out - and leave Sivana helpless.
Black Adam Has a Flashback Cameo
It's now been more than a decade since Dwayne Johnson's name was first attached to the character Black Adam, and he's set to star in his own Black Adam solo movie. However, while Black Adam was at one point going to be the main antagonist of Shazam, his role in the movie is limited to a cameo appearance (not performed by Johnson). The wizard explains that at many years ago the council chose a different champion, but that he abused his powers and used them for evil, unleashing the Seven Deadly Sins upon the world. He illustrates this story with a glowing hologram of a character that is surely Black Adam, setting the villain up for a potential sequel appearance.
Billy's Mother Left Him on Purpose
Billy's main goal for much of Shazam is to track down his birth mother, from whom he was separated after he got lost at a carnival. Billy repeatedly runs away from foster homes in search of his mother, tracking down every Rachel Batson in the city, but he doesn't actually find her until he gets help from his foster brother, Eugene. Billy finds out that his mother reverted to her maiden name, which is why he was unable to find her, but when he finally tracks her down he gets an unpleasant shock: his mother left him behind on purpose.
As a young single mother (Billy's father was in prison), Rachel felt ill-equipped to raise young Billy, and though she searched for him frantically at first, when she saw him being taken care of by police officers at the carnival she realized he had a chance for a better future... and just walked away. Instead of welcoming him with open arms, Billy's mother nervously keeps him out of sight of her angry boyfriend, and doesn't even remember the compass she gave him. Though he is obviously upset that his dream of coming home to a loving, caring mother didn't come true, Billy is able to make peace with being left behind. He gives her the compass as a parting gift, and returns to his foster family.
Billy Shares His Powers to Create the Shazam Family
Doctor Sivana's goal in Shazam is to force Billy to transfer his powers using the wizard's staff, so that he can add the powers of the champion to his already formidable abilities as host of the Seven Deadly Sins. In the movie's final battle scene, Sivana threatens to kill Billy's foster siblings unless he hands over his powers - but this gives Billy an idea. Instead of giving his powers to Sivana, Billy gets his newfound family to place their hands on the wizard's staff and say "Shazam!" - thereby distributing his powers among them and creating the Shazam Family (or "Shazamily," to borrow the movie's official hashtag). Each of Billy's siblings specializes in one of his powers; for example, Freddy can fly, Darla gets super-speed, and Pedro gets super-strength. At the end of the movie, the Shazam Family adopt the Rock of Eternity as their superhero lair, with each taking up a seat at the Council of Wizards.