Warning: SPOILERS for Shazam!
Here are our biggest unanswered questions from Shazam! The new superhero film by director David F. Sandberg is a joyful and colorful DCEU coming-of-age story about teenage Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who gains the magical powers to transform into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi).
Shazam! successfully continues the DCEU's transformation into a brighter and more fun superhero universe, which began with Wonder Woman and was then taken to billion-dollar profitability by Aquaman. Set after the events of Justice League, superheroes are now an accepted and popular fact of life in the DCEU, with the League itself being merchandized into toys and apparel, much of it owned by Billy's foster brother Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer). When the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) gains the power of the Seven Deadly Sins, the dying Wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) transfers his magical powers to Billy, who must now figure out how to be a superhero and stop Sivana. In the end, Billy wins by unlocking Shazam's greatest power and transferring his magic to his foster brothers and sisters, creating the Shazam Family.
Shazam! is a self-contained and tidy adventure that cleverly weaves in connections to the greater DCEU without distracting from its primary story. That story rater faithfully adapts the 2012 DC Comics reboot by writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank, but there are lots of callbacks to the earlier comics and other source material as well. While Shazam! efficiently and entertainingly tells the viewer everything they need to know about the superhero, his powers, and his world, here are the biggest questions we have that the movie left unanswered:
- This Page: Questions About The Wizard And The Rock of Eternity
- Page 2: Questions About Shazam's Powers And The Shazam Family
Why Are There Seven Thrones In The Rock of Eternity But Only Six Shazams?
When Thaddeus Sivana and later Billy Batson arrive at the Rock of Eternity, there are noticeably seven thrones, six of which are empty. Shazam explained that the thrones were once occupied by the Council of Wizards but the other six were killed over the years by the Seven Deadly Sins so that Shazam was the only Wizard left. Shazam's explanation to Billy was rather slight - his main focus was to get Billy to say his name so his magical powers could be transferred to his new champion - he did make clear that Billy's greatest power was the ability to transfer his magic to others.
Billy eventually did transfer his magic to this foster family, Freddy, Darla, Mary, Eugene, and Pedro and turned them into the Shazam Family. Later, the Family claimed the Rock of Eternity as their new lair. But there are only six of them and the seventh throne remains unoccupied. Is Billy also supposed to create a seventh Shazam (and he just doesn't know it)? Or does the seventh already exist, in the form of Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson), who was teased early in Shazam ahead of his own solo movie and eventual sequel appearance?
Did Shazam and His Council Join The Fight Against Steppenwolf's First Invasion?
The Rock of Eternity is the source of all magic so it logically predates even the Earth itself, and the Council had also existed for countless millennia. But they don't appear to have been present during one of the most pivotal battles in Earth's ancient history: when Steppenwolf led an invasion of Parademons and they were repelled by an alliance of Amazons, Atlanteans, and humans (along with a Green Lantern) as seen in Justice League? The Greek gods like Zeus and other immortal warriors like Hercules (two of the sources of Shazam's power) were also present at the battle, so why didn't the Council lend their magic to the cause?
Obviously, the Justice League movie predated Shazam's production, so there may not have been time or consideration to include the Wizard (the film was also undergoing substantial reshoots directed by Joss Whedon). Even if it was a conscious decision to save the first appearance Shazam's characters for their own film, their absence in the epic battle is still glaring in hindsight.
Where Do The Doors In The Rock Of Eternity Lead To?
The magic and creatures in Shazam! bring a bit of a Harry Potter feel to the DCEU, with a grandly designed Rock of Eternity that even evokes some famous Wizarding World locations like Hogwarts. And, like Hogwarts, in Shazam! it looks like we've only just scratched the surface of the world if the many doors in the Rock of Eternity are to be believed.
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One door opened to Crocodile Men playing cards, which could be a set up to a sequel and the inclusion of the Monster Society of Evil, a villainous group from the Shazam comics. Other doors teased violent creatures and many more remained closed. Hopefully, the Shazam Family will further explore their new lair in Shazam 2.
What's The Deal With Mister Mind?
For casual moviegoers and non-comics fans, the inclusion of the talking worm wearing eyeglasses and a voice box who schemed with an imprisoned Dr. Sivana in Shazam's mid-credits scene is especially puzzling. This is Mister Mind, one of Shazam's oldest enemies from the comics. Mister Mind is an alien worm from Venus with vast mental powers and the founder of the Monster Society of Evil (which, originally formed in 1943, has the distinction of being the very first super-villain team in comics).
Of course, none of this is made clear in the film, and fans are left wondering what that worm was and how it got in the glass cage at the Rock of Eternity in the first place. Clearly, Mister Mind recruiting Sivana is an obvious setup for Shazam 2, which also foretells the arrival of the Monster Society to battle the Shazam Family. Above all, that means the next Shazam! movie is bound to get really, really weird.
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