Shazam! director David F. Sandberg recently revealed a hilarious encounter he had with a fan who got his Captain Marvel mixed up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson.
Throughout comics history, there have been plenty of characters that share similar names. The most iconic of the bunch is probably Captain Marvel. You may assume that of course, Marvel would have the first Captain Marvel but nope, DC’s Captain Marvel premiered decades prior. Since then, the DC hero has been updated and reformed into Shazam. Now, Captain Marvel and Shazam! are set to release only weeks apart from each other and it seems that some fans are already getting the films mixed up.
Sandberg took to Twitter to share a story with fans involving the confusion about the Captain Marvel name. Though the two heroes share the same name, their stories and powers are very different. That being said, the confusion is understandable given that the comic book movie release schedule for next year is already pretty crowded. Check out the hilarious Tweet from Sandberg below.
Had my first “Oh, Shazam! I love everything Brie Larson is in!”#OriginalCaptainMarvel 😐
— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) October 3, 2018
If you’re worried about two similar superhero movies coming out right next to each other, don’t worry because they’re not as similar as you may think. DC’s Captain Marvel has always been rooted more in the fantasy genre more than it has the science-fiction genre, which is what Marvel’s Captain Marvel is. If anything, Marvel’s version is closer to Green Lantern than it is Shazam. Plus, from the look of the trailers, the two films have strikingly different tones.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding Shazam! and Captain Marvel as more information becomes available. Which Captain Marvel is your favorite? Which film do you think looks better? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”
Shazam! hits theaters on April 5, 2019.