Ok, so Shazam! Fury of the Gods is now out, and throughout this video, we’re going to be breaking down the ending of the movie, discussing its post-credits scenes, and also going over what this could mean for the future of the DCU. Is it canon, or is it not? Well there are some things in it that we know will at the very least be getting carried over to future films and shows. However there are some things that I think might lead nowhere and with us knowing the first phase of the DCU I think we can kinda see where things are going.
Heavy spoilers from this point out, and if you haven’t had a chance to check out the movie, then check it out now. I know most of you might not care, so if you haven’t seen it, I won’t be mad at you either. Just don’t kick off, mate; don’t be a d**k, and with that out of the way, let’s get into the breakdown.
Shazam: Fury Of The Gods Breakdown
Okay, so Shazam: Fury of the Gods culminates with Shazam defeating the daughters of Atlas and Kalypso.
This is inside a dome, in which Shazam needs to supercharge the wizard’s staff and also tell you what song you’re listening to.
Inside he finds this, which kills Kalypso, the dragon, and all of the beasts that have been summoned to earth. However, this exacts a toll on Billy, and doing so unfortunately kills him. This leads into a big funeral scene, with Freddy asking if there’s a way to bring him back. In order to charge the staff and bring him back, they need the power of a god, and I wonder, woman, who that could be.
Yeah, in an amazing marketing movie that rivals James Gunn telling you that none of this matters, we had Diana’s arrival spoiled by one of the recent TV spots. Wonder Woman comes in, charges the staff, and brings Billy back to life. This kind of plays upon the headless Superman scene from the last film, and it’s nice seeing Gal Gadot back because, if there’s one thing that DC has told me, it’s that these people returning mean something.
Shazam bursts out of the ground like a zombie, but he’s just fooling around, and eventually he also gives the rest of the Shazam family their powers back.
Anyway, Shazam flirts with Diana and says that he’s going to be 18 soon. She says that he should stick to saving the world, and as we know from the Justice League, everyone is a younger man to her.
Everything seems like it’s going to be ok, and after we jump to a trip back home, we watch the wizard return, looking like he’s just used our Manscaped code. Like the Genie at the end of Aladdin, he’s decided to go and explore the world, but before he leaves, he finally reveals what Billy’s superhero name is. He tells them it’s Shazam, which is when we cut to Freddy, who says he still thinks they can beat it.
Now that ends the movie to Elvis’ little less conversation and from here we go to our first post credits scene of the film in which Shazam is recruited into the JSA. In it, we see John Economos and Emilia Harcourt, who by my count have now appeared in more movies than most of the other superheroes. Just don’t tell my wife, “Yeah mate, I’m going to look bad when I don’t even let her feature in the background of a video on the Clips channel and Gunn’s making his wife the Nick Fury of the DCEU.
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It’s kind of like when your mate gets a new girlfriend and she starts showing up everywhere.
But what’s going on with this scene exactly?
Well, it starts off with them approaching Shazam out in the woods while he’s shooting down a bunch of beer bottles and offering him a position on a team.
They say they want to know if he’d be interested in joining the Justice Department, which is when he immediately cuts them off and says yes.
However, they just want to know if he wants to be in the Justice Society, which bums him out because he wants to be rubbing shoulders with Wonder Woman. They make a joke about changing the name of it to stop people from getting confused because it is pretty stupid to have two teams named Justice. He starts throwing some new names their way from his phone and throughout the film there’s this running gag about Superhero names in general. There are some little nods here to other heroes like the Avengers and the Authority, which we know are coming as part of James Gunn’s Chapter 1.
Now the first Marvel nod to me is kind of just a nod to the wider universe and all the things that have happened over the decades with the two companies. Shazam was, of course, originally called Captain Marvel, and The Eternals was filled with lines about Superman and Batman.
As for the Authority, we have some things that could be connected to that, and in case you don’t know, they’re basically DC’s answer to The Boys.
Published at the end of the 1990s, this Warren Ellis creation was super over the top in its gore and violence, and it’s basically your reverse Justice League.
Featuring characters like Apollo, the Sun God, and Jenny Sparks, this team is probably most known for having the character Midnighter amongst its ranks. I am really excited to see what they do with it, and though I’ve been ragging on James Gunn a bit, I do think that his sensibilities are perfect for that kind of project.
Now I’m going to go out on a limb here and give a little theory time, theory time, theory time.
So I actually think that this post-credits scene came from before Gunn fully took over everything. The Justice Society is of course featured in Black Adam, and I think that this scene might have potentially been setting up how Shazam was going to meet Black Adam down the line. Both are, of course, enemies in the comics, and Black Adam really came to the forefront as a Shazam villain. According to reports, The Rock was supposed to be cameoing in this movie originally, but he shut that idea down and refused to do it. So I think that this was probably Warner Brothers trying to set it up so that Shazam eventually featured in Black Adam 2, which, yeah, we know, isn’t coming in the way it was originally meant to be.
The Rock wanted that movie to be Superman vs Black Adam but since Gunn took over that’s all been mothballed.
I also think that the Emilia and Ecnomons thing was supposed to tie into Season 2 of Peacemaker, which we now have kind of warped into the Waller show. Centered around the titular character, this will probably build upon the events of that show, and it will also potentially focus on Amanda and her relationship with her daughter.
Now, Waller is a big character in the MCU, and through her, we can very much explore the direction that the DCU is going. Normally she’s used as someone who introduces the teams, but going forward, they can instead use her as someone who lays the groundwork for where we’ll be going. She obviously has Task Force X on her side, but it’s clear that she’s also trying to create her own legitimate group in the Justice Society. Now, it’s theory time within a theory, but I actually think that she’s going to be the one who puts together the Authority, and this will be here trying to bridge the gap between the suicide squad and Justice League. They’re both opposite ends of the spectrum, and the Authority is basically that middle ground in which you have unhinged heroes who think they’re doing good.
So jump out of those two theories and then go into the second post-credits scene.
Now, if you cast your mind back to the first Shazam post-credits scene, you might remember that it involved Dr Sivana in jail, which is when he was scribbling symbols on the wall. He was visited by Mr. Mind, who said that there were other ways to gain magic, and he said that the seven realms were about to be theirs. However, we’re now two years later, and like a DC movie announcement, nothing has happened.
We catch Sivan still surrounded in scribblings, and he now has a full-on beard.
Mr. Mind apologizes and says that his plan just needs more time but that it won’t be long until everything comes together. Sivana is furious because he’s 57 years old now, but Mind apologizes because it takes him a long time to get places, and when Sivana demands he tell him the plan, he says he has just one more thing to do.
He then scurries off, which ends the scene and the movie as a whole.
So what could be happening here?
Well, luckily, I did a big breakdown on this for the last movie that kind of covers the ins and outs of where things may lead.
Now Mr. Mind is a telephatic green worm who amplifies his voice through a radio speaker around his neck. First introduced in 1943 by Otto Binder, the character was made as a novel villain to stand out against the more fearsome foes like Lex Luthor and the Red Skull.
He created the Monster Society of Evil, which included Sivana, Captain Naz (can’t really say that without getting demonetised), and even real-life figures like Hitler and Mussolini. A mastermind of evil, he actually wishes to charge himself up into becoming a Hyperfly, which is his final form. However, in order to do this, he needs to build up brainwaves, which he does by pulling in parts of the space-time continuum. Mr. Mind has the ability to somewhat alter time and space, and he’s been used as a way to trim continuity and canon before, which could pull into what’s going on with the DCU.
Shazam: Fury Of The Gods Ending Explained
In the past, the mind has eaten time and years from the timeline, and thus, if they want to pull him into that, they could quite easily use the goofy little critter to explain why some things are different in Gunn’s version. It’s pretty much the exact same post-credits scene as the one from the last movie, and when it first started off, I genuinely thought there was an issue with the film, but no, here it is.
I was thinking about this before, and I think that they could even just have this as a stupid running joke that goes on for years and years.
I think it would be so f**king stupid if every two years we just got a post-credits scene like this where Mr. Mind returns to find Sivana slightly older and looking worse and worse. Do it for like, 10 years; make it the longest running joke ever; and then just have him get to a point where he shows up and Sivana is dead. That would be hilarious to me, and I think it’s so stupid that I actually hope they end up doing it. Do it for the f**king laughs; make it last longer than the DCEU, you f**ks.
Anyway, that sets up the future of the DCU and how we think it’ll play into it. I dunno how well Shazam 2 is going to do at the box office, and at the moment it looks like it’s going to make negative money, so who knows how things are going to shake up in the future? We do know that, at least for now, Shazam hasn’t featured in the line-up of the Gods and Monsters slate, and thus he’s either going to be announced as a new project or as something down the line. The Rock did say that Black Adam wouldn’t feature in the first phase of the upcoming DCU, and thus Shazam could potentially be the same too.
However no one is saying nothing and I think that if this movie underperforms then they will probably look at reworking things within the DCU. It’s difficult to know whether this is going to fit in with Gunn’s vision for the future, and I think that the reason they’re keeping their mouths shut is because they really want to see how the movie does at the box office. I think that’s across the board with everything coming this year too, including whether they’re keeping Ezra as the Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and so on and so forth.
Personally, I think they should have waited until these movies had been released before they announced that they were rebooting elements because it kind of kills the momentum of these when we think they’re leading to a cul-de-sac. It’s something Warner Brothers have done before, and I always think that if you don’t need to open your mouth, then you don’t need to open your mouth.
Gunn’s movies won’t come out until 2025 at the earliest, and I think that they could have just announced he was taking over, let these movies play out, and then announced what they were doing.
Just my personal feelings, and I think that the Harcourt still will likely come back around in the Waller show with them clearly trying to form other teams. It’s also important to keep in mind that there have been several different versions of the flash shown to test audiences that all have different endings. These have featured different Batmen, and I was watching a video on the scenes by the channel Austin Fans the other day that brought up a great point. Now obviously, Gunn has cut things from upcoming movies, such as Henry Cavill appearing in The Flash and Ben Affleck in Aquaman 2. Austin said that Gunn would at least have to give the green light on these post-credit scenes for them to be included in Shazam. Therefore, the fact that these have leads into other films might tease that Zach Levi is in fact coming back down the line.
The frustrating thing is that we don’t know, and thus, you kind of can’t expect people to get that invested when we don’t really know what’s happening.
As for my feelings on the movie,
Thor, Love, and Thunder and yep, take that how you want.
Anyway, that’s the end of the video, and I hope you enjoyed the breakdown.
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