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‘Probably trying to get into MCU now’: After Shazam 2 Disaster, Zachary Levi Claims Kevin Feige Promised Him a Bigger Role in $3.75B Marvel Franchise

'Probably trying to get into MCU now': After Shazam 2 Disaster, Zachary Levi Claims Kevin Feige Promised Him a Bigger Role in $3.75B Marvel Franchise

Both of the two top superhero franchises in the world right now, the MCU and the DCU, are experiencing change. The MCU is working in a world after Thanos, working its way up to a new supervillain while introducing new heroes. While the DCU has had more of a structural change with two new co-CEOs in James Gunn and Peter Safran, who have promised to change the landscape of the DCEU, as it exists today.

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A prime character in the DCU would be Billy Batson, the superhero who goes by the name of Shazam. Shazam! (2019) introduced the character to fans and it received generally positive reviews. The role is now played by Zachary Levi, who has done a reasonably good job of portraying the superhero. The sequel to the title movie of the franchise, Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023) was released earlier in the year.

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As it turns out, Shazam! Fury of the Gods did not do well at the box office. The movie was not received well by critics or fans, and lead actor Zachary Levi received a lot of criticism for his role as well. One is reminded of Levi’s short MCU stint before he moved to the DCU to play Shazam, and what he said about his role back then on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast.

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As it turns out, Levi had played the role of Fandral, one of the Warriors Three alongside Thor, in Thor: The Dark World (2014). He had been asked to play the role earlier in Thor (2011) as well, but other engagements had kept him away. Come The Dark World, Marvel producer Kevin Feige approached him with the role again.

“Feige is like, ‘Hey, would Zach want to take this role again?’ And to be honest… I didn’t really feel like the Warriors Three were utilized in that great of a way. And I was like, ‘Is that going to be the case again, because if it is, I don’t really want to do that, you know?’ And he’s like, ‘No, no, no, it’s gonna be a huge part of this movie.’ Not so much, as it turned out,” Levi had said.

Levi had been under the impression that Fandral would be playing a bigger role in the movie and the universe at large before accepting the role, but that wasn’t to be, as it turned out.

Fans are in two minds over Zachary Levi blaming his short stint at MCU

There was a general impression that Levi might have been hinting at being open to other MCU roles again after the failure of Shazam! 2. Fans took to Twitter to express how they felt about Levi’s comments about the MCU.

@thecanadianbrat, who opinionated that Levi was just trying to get into the MCU now, is a popular YouTuber who breaks down MCU films and plotlines. His Tweet was met with some criticism.

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Others still shared other opinions on Levi’s comments.

Some other fans put their weight behind seeing more of the Warriors Three in the MCU.

While fans were quick to admonish Levi’s comments and interpret them as wishes to join the MCU, one can only wait and watch as the landscapes of both universes change in the days to come to know what happens to Levi’s Shazam, or his role in the MCU, if any at all.

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Written by Arka Das

Just someone who doesn't like to sit on his laurels, Arka has been trying to do his potential justice and looking for a bit of luck to side with him. He hopes that someday he won't be needing that bit of luck, and works hard for the same.