- Warning: Major spoilers follow for Shazam: Fury of the Gods.
- After the end of the DC sequel with Zachary Levi, there are two additional scenes.
- The opening scene surprisingly teases that this may not be the last we see of the hero.
If you’re headed to theaters this weekend to see Shazam: Fury of the Gods, stick around until the end of the film.
The film contains two additional scenes during the credits, one of which teases that the superhero may remain in DC films or shows despite an upcoming DC Universe reset.
If you left earlier, we have taken care of you.
The first credits scene
What happens: Shazam meets some familiar faces
Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) and John Economos (Steve Agee), who appeared in HBO Max’s “The Suicide Squad” and “Peacemaker,” are shown approaching Billy Batson/Shazam (Zachary Levi), which appears to be right in the middle nowhere.
Emilia tells John, “Waller thinks he could be a good addition to the team,” referring to Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller, a government figure who oversees various DC supergroups. Emilia adds that they’re a little concerned that he might be a bit immature.
The two invite Shazam to join the Justice Society of America. The group recently lost Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan) in Black Adam.
All too eagerly, Shazam agrees before realizing the two want him to be part of the Justice Society, not the Justice League. The latter group arguably includes all of DC’s cooler and more well-known A-list heroes, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Aquaman.
As a result, some humorous digs are made into why DC has two superhero groups that start with the word “Justice.”
The dialogue matches the humor fans have come to expect from both “Peacemaker” and “Shazam”.
The scene ends with Shazam picking names for potential superhero groups, landing on “The Avengers Society,” an obvious nod to Marvel.
“I like that for some reason,” concludes the hero.
What it means: It’s possible we could see Shazam again, but the box office will likely decide whether or not we see the character again
This scene came as a complete surprise as there was no mention of Shazam in DC’s future show and movie vision.
As a result, fans will likely watch this sequence and leave theaters in anticipation of Shazam appearing in another movie, though probably not his own, or another season of Peacemaker.
Where and when could we see Shazam next?
Your guess is as good as DC and Warner Bros.
When asked if that scene could mean anything, a Warner Bros. representative told me that nothing else was currently in the works with the character. Box office results aside, that could change. But maybe not. Unfortunately, current projections of the film are so-so.
This is frustrating.
Fans will be upset if this scene doesn’t have a payoff. (But, hey, DC fans are used to false hope, right?)
There’s no point in including this scene at the end of the sequel if the studio doesn’t even know if they plan on showing the character again or not.
My reading on the situation: This is WB throwing spaghetti at a wall and seeing what sticks, and in part it’s a brilliant move.
By teasing the possibility of seeing Shazam again, the studio looks like heroes. If the movie makes some money Perhaps there is payoff across the board. (WB would look stupid if he didn’t use at least some of the Shazam characters if the film does well.) When things go bad, WB can forget the scene ever happened and move on.
As a business decision, it is smart and low-risk. However, it’s not a great way to treat and retain a fan base that continues to be teased and misled. (This is the same studio that brought Henry Cavill back as Superman in October, only to drop him two months later.)
With some old DC Universe movies due out this year (“The Flash”https://www.insider.com/”Aquaman 2”), I imagine Gunn and DC will start cherry picking , whatever works former DC films and bring them into the new regime.
The 2nd end credits scene
What happens: We revisit the villain from the first film
We’re back in the familiar Rock Falls prison cell from the end of the first Shazam movie.
The camera zooms in on the film’s villain, Doctor Thaddeus Sivana, who now sports an untamed beard.
Sivana is greeted with laughter by Mister Mind, the alien worm who visited his cell at the end of the 2018 film. The Worm says he’s still working on his plan from the first film, in which he confidently overpromised that they would rule “the seven worlds.”
Obviously upset at the lack of progress, Sivana yells that it’s been two years and he’s 57.
In response, the worm tells him it takes a long time to find locations, before cryptically implying “but not long”.
Sivana demands Mister Mind to tell him everything.
Before revealing his diabolical plan, the worm says he has “one more thing” to do and crawls away.
Sivana screams in frustration, “Oh god damn it.”
What that means: Probably nothing. I doubt we’ll ever get paid for this scene
This scene is probably just for a light chuckle considering Mister Mind’s ambitious plans clearly didn’t materialize.
One of Shazam’s main enemies, Mister Mind in the comics leads the Monster Society of Evil, a supervillain group that includes Black Adam, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s former anti-hero.
It’s not really worth explaining in more detail because it doesn’t seem like we’ll ever see this group in live action now that DC is moving in a different direction, without Johnson at least for now.
When WB closes the door on the “Shazam” franchise, it was a nice way to let fans know they haven’t forgotten the post-credits scene from the first film.
Sivana is still alive and rotting in prison, and Mister Mind’s wild plans to rule the galaxy never came to fruition because, let’s face it, he’s a slow-moving worm that makes getting anywhere difficult.