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Part of what makes superheroes who they are and attracts readers/viewers to them is their origin stories. Superman is an alien with super powers because of his alien status combined with the light of a yellow sun. He's not "one of us", he's an external savior. One of the central concepts of Shazam is that he could have been anyone. In the film he's Billy, a ...


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Hermes/Mercury is well known for his winged shoes, also known as Talaria According to wikipedia(citation needed), they flew the god as swift as any bird. So I would say that even if it not explicitely stated, Flying falls under Mercury Powers.


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This can be explained by watching The Big Picture - CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS Shazam was originally called Captain Marvel and was created by Fawcett after Superman because, as Movie Bob explains, almost everyone was trying to make their own Superman after his success. However National Allied Production, who created Superman and ...


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Do these two films exist in the same universe under the same franchise? Yes, and it has been said many times. Such as from indianexpress: The movie is completely trackable on its own merit. That said, there a lot of fun little nods/homages/Easter eggs that can be enjoyed should one be caught up in the DCEU.”- Zachary Levi Even director discussed about ...


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It's like that in comics too in current version: The Shazam Family was reintroduced during DC Comics' continuity-altering Flashpoint miniseries in 2011, as six kids who all spoke "Shazam!" in unison to become one superhero, Captain Thunder. In the later company-wide "New 52" reboot that followed Flashpoint, the Captain Marvel character ...


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The biggest difference appears to be the character themselves. Yes, they have very similar powers, but good superhero films don't tend to focus solely on displays of those powers, they get old very quickly and there is not much you can do with them. Motivations and alignment influence a character and the stories quite a lot, as well as their antagonists ...


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They retain their powers. They are now part of the Shazam Family, and are their primary members in the comics. Mary: She shares Billy's secret, and by saying "Shazam!" she can gain a superpowered form similar to the traditional Mary Marvel in a red uniform. Freddy: He shares Billy's secret and by saying "Shazam!" can gain a form similar ...


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On the comics, he is Immortal. In the movie, he is not. The Wizard, as depicted in the comics, is immortal. In the movie, however, he grows old. My job is to protect you the seven worlds of the seven main sins. But with time I'm getting weaker. Therefore, I'm looking for a champion to whom I can give my strength. Since he is growing old and weak, he ...


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Yes, there was another Shazam. Sort of. Back in Ancient Egypt, Teth-Adam was granted powers by the wizard Shazam as the wizard believed him to be pure of heart, however Teth-Adam misused his powers and the wizard had to banish him to the most distant star in the universe. It took him 5000 years to get back to Earth, by which time Billy had been chosen. ...


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Was the original comic-book version of this superhero also portrayed as lacking in emotional maturity? There have been many retcons of Shazam! over the years. According to this article In 1987, a reboot entitled Shazam!: The New Beginning was published, which introduced the idea that Billy Batson retains his childish personality when he transforms into ...


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Not from the start of the character but after the post-Crisis relaunch, this became his constant trait: The first post-Crisis appearance of Captain Marvel was in the 1986 Legends miniseries. In 1987, Captain Marvel appeared as a member of the Justice League in Keith Giffen's and J. M. DeMatteis' relaunch of that title. That same year (spinning off from ...


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As Shazam (aka Captain Marvel) has been around for close to 80 years, there have been a number of iterations of the character. In at least one major version, we learn that Billy's Captain Marvel identity is a dead ringer for his late father. In the Power of Shazam! series from the mid 1990s, writer Jerry Ordway identifies Billy's parents as C.C. and ...


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The seven deadly sins have nothing to do with superheroes, they have been talked about in the real world by Christian thinkers since at least the 4th century CE. They appear in “The Parson’s Tale” in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, which many students are required to read and discuss in schools. That’s just one possible way he might have learned about them.


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Christmas features so heavily not because it was originally intended to be released in winter, but because of what the movie is about. It felt like a Christmas movie to the makers. Jenna Anderson in her January 2019 article for ComicBook.com quotes David F. Sandberg: "Yeah, it's all about family and like Christmas time and this family holiday," ...


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From Andrew Dyce's January 2019 interview with director David F. Sandberg in screenrant: Q: Was there a reason that you chose Philadelphia? Sandberg: Well, we went with Geoff Johns' idea. I think he picked Philly because of Benjamin Franklin and all of that stuff. And the thing about Shazam, or Captain Marvel, is it's been different. It was Fawcett City at ...


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In comics: CBR covered it very well with a comic book panel Billy has to say it while giving the word MEANING for it to work as a magic word... So he can get around with it and say it without transforming in comics but lately, he is having an issue with it: From movies: In movies, he never called himself Shazam as a name but only for transformation. ...


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Early in the movie, Shazam tests Thadeus Sivana for a pure heart. Disappointed in Sivana's failure, Shazam casts some kind of tracker spell which he commanded to find people of pure heart. They do not go in to details about what this tracker spell does. Presumably though, it hunts down potential candidates based on their actions and reports them back to ...


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Among the six powers Billy received from the wizard, one is the Power of Zeus. Besides, controlling lightening, this power also allows him to teleport from/to Rock of Eternity or to/from somewhere else. From Wikipedia, Zeus' power, besides fueling the magic thunderbolt that transforms Captain Marvel/Shazam, also greatly enhances Captain Marvel/Shazam's ...


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The same way they get back from the Rock of Eternity: Shazam powers. When they were not able to find the doorway back to the real world from the Rock of Eternity, Freddy asked Billy how he got back before and he said something like he thought of the subway train. And he did it again and he thought of a weird bar and they all reached there. So it's ...


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Well first of all he broke the staff so he can't create any more "Shazams". In the comics, sharing his power did not diminish his abilities until Jerry Ordway’s Power of Shazam series. However, based on the fact that he seemed to be the same after sharing his powers on screen, I think it didn't diminish his abilities.


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Billy was granted powers by the wizard Shazam because the wizard deemed himself too old to use them. So, technically, the wizard was the first Shazam. From the Captain Marvel Wikipedia page: Whiz Comics #2 (Feb. 1940) introduces William Joseph "Billy" Batson,[76] a homeless 12- (later 14-) year-old newsboy[77] who sleeps in the subway station of his ...


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As noted in other answers, going back in comic book history, the character now being called "Shazam" was known as Captain Marvel. He pre-dated the Captain Marvel who you now see on the screen and who originated with Marvel Comics. This earlier Captain Marvel was a competitor (in terms of comic book sales) with Superman and was actually more successful for a ...


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It's pretty common to actually have multiple heroes and/or villains with the same powers or abilities in the same universe. This allows to present the same abilities from the view of a different character. We have Superman/Power Girl/Shazam/Wonder Woman/Martian Manhunter (to name a few) who all arguably have the same power sets, these character archetypes ...


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As the other answers have already pointed out, the wizard ran out of time and was left with only one choice. The AMC Special Edition comic helps slightly, by showing that Billy (inadvertently?) convinces the wizard that he at least has potential.


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Supporting the other answers, it bears recalling that in the earliest comics, "SHAZAM" represented an acronym, including the initial S representing "Solomon's wisdom" as a principal part of his power portfolio. There's a nice Captain Marvel themed website with a page inspecting examples from those comics of his mental feats, including: quickly designing a ...


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Scene 1: Wizard casts a spell to find out pure hearts. Scene 2: Dr Sivana comes to take the Eye of Sin. and one of the seven sins utter that the wizard is very weak and won't/can't stop him. Scene 3: When Billy is summoned by the wizard (or the tracker spell automatically summons the potential chosen ones, I don't know) the Eye of Sin was gone and wizard ...


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The movie used the entire learning experience to add a comedic aspect and pad the runtime. However, with the wisdom of Solomon, he would have instantly known how to use all his powers. S for the Wisdom of Solomon: Solomon was the third king of united Israel in historical times. According to the Bible God blessed him with supernatural wisdom at his ...


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