Shazam! powers its way to the top of the box office

Billy Batson won’t just be dealing with bullies in Shazam! In the trailer, audiences are briefly introduced to Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who is being played by Mark Strong. We’re not entirely sure how Dr. Sivana will factor into the film, but it’s clear that he’s no ordinary doctor.

In the comics, Sivana is a mad scientist type character. Think of him as Shazam’s version of Lex Luthor, in that he’s a persistent nemesis and evil genius. Sivana also has a particular interest in science, which he uses to create weapons for doomsday scenarios.

Seeing Strong in the role gives him less of a dorky scientist vibe and more of a brute tactician vibe, sort of like Bane in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Rises. Last summer, we learned that Shazam! will actually tweak the character’s backstory a bit to fit the narrative.

Apparently, Sivana previously encountered the wizard who bestows Billy Batson with superpowers. The difference, however, is the Sivana was deemed unfit to wield such power. Even still, Sivana manages to acquire powers that allows him to do things that even Shazam can’t.

There has been some speculation that Sivana will receive his powers from the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man, which are demons that embody the seven deadly sins (pride, envy, greed, anger, sloth, gluttony, and lust). Why they’re asking Sivana to do their evil bidding is unclear, but it likely has to do with taking over the world.

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