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Subj: Re: Do you think Shazam would fit well in the Marvel Universe?
Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 at 06:33:33 am EDT (Viewed 118 times)
Reply Subj: Do you think Shazam would fit well in the Marvel Universe?
Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 at 10:41:52 pm EDT (Viewed 133 times)

    DC is unlikely to ever sell him off, but Marvel has the Captain Marvel trademark and they won't sell that, so it is a stalemate.

    But let's say Shazam does migrate to Marvel, despite DC thinking he is too close of a Superman rip off. Would he fit well in the MU?

I think he'd be redundant. He brings nothing to the table that Marvel needs. Only their trademark lawyers may think otherwise.

Personally I dislike Superman analogues. Especially since so many near-analogues already exist. Strength/flight/speed/durability/energy beams/special sensory capabilities - that's Superman from a power set perspective. That's also Iron Man. Silver Surfer. Doctor Doom. Mar-Vell post-Eon. Frankly it's the sensory capabilities that are most unique. Take them away and just focus on strength/flight/speed/durability/energy beams. Now we can add Carol Danvers. Black Bolt. Nova. Moonstone.

Even Hyperion and Gladiator are redundant.

Superman isn't Superman because of the power set. He's Superman because his sense of responsibility is a match for his power. Steve Rogers is Marvel's true Superman clone. Steve's sense of responsibility is a match for his athletic and martial perfection and his nearly supernatural charisma. He doesn't need the physical ability to change the course of mighty rivers. He can point toward the river and six powerhouses will get busy.

But here's a different question: Do you think the Disney company could find a use for Shazam!Captain Marvel? Here the answer is a definite yes. But not in the Marvel Universe. Disney could start a brand new superhero universe aimed at a younger crowd, with Shazam!Captain Marvel as its centerpiece. I'm not talking about comic books. Not primarily, any way. I'm talking about movies. (After all, movies are the only things that really matter. The comic books are simply this brilliant stratagem whereby Marvel gets fans to consume movie-promoting marketing materials and pay for the privilege of doing so!)