Today in Movie Culture: ‘Shazam!’ Fandom on Display,  an Expert’s Guide to the Iconic Weapons of the MCU and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Shazam!’ Fandom on Display, an Expert’s Guide to the Iconic Weapons of the MCU and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:


Cosplay of the Day:

Shazam! is now in theaters, and that means we’re seeing fans everywhere dressing up as the titular superhero as they flock to their local screenings. Here’s a group of cosplayers at a showing in the Philippines who didn’t just stop at representing Shazam. They’ve got a Billy Batson, a Freddy Freeman, a villainous Dr. Sivana and even the Wizard Shazam:


Remade Movie Trailer of the Day:

Fans all around the world are excited about the release of Shazam! In Greece, the gang at Super Heroes GR re-created the first trailer for the new DC Extended Universe installment, complete with proper costumes, modest special effects, some clever editing and, of course, the floss. Even if you don’t speak the language of the translated dialogue, you can appreciate this passion:



Classic Movie Trailer of the Day:

Shazam! has been a long time coming, but this isn’t the first we’ve seen of this superhero on the big screen. Before he was a DC Comics character and before he was renamed, Shazam and his young alter-ego, Billy Batson, were portrayed in a theatrical serial from Republic Pictures based on his Fawcett Comics incarnation. Here’s the original trailer for the production, titled Adventures of Captain Marvel, which debuted in theaters on March 28, 1941:


Movie Comparison of the Day:

Shazam also previously made his way to screens with the 2010 animated short Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, which Couch Tomato showcases in a new video while comparing it, side-by-side, with the 1997 live-action release Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, which like Shazam! similarly features kids who turn into costumed superheroes:


Studio Tour of the Day:

Which props from Shazam! could wind up being part of the Warner Brothers Corporate Archive? Here’s Insider with a tour of the studio’s warehouses where they’ve stashed many items from fellow DC superhero movies, including various Batmobiles and the Joker’s purple Lamborghini from Suicide Squad:


Expert Commentary of the Day:

Speaking of movie props, how handy are the signature weapons of Captain American and Thor, which we’ll again be seeing on the big screen very soon in Avengers: Endgame? For Vulture, fight choreography and general combat expert Jared Kirby looks at the pros and cons of Cap’s vibranium shield, the Thunder God’s hammer, Mjolnir, and more tools for fighting in movies:


Easter Eggs of the Day:

We recently got another look at Avengers: Endgame, which opens in just a few weeks. Inspired by the new teaser, which arrived just as tickets went on sale for the Marvel movie, ScreenCrush went through every trailer and TV spot released so far in order to detail all the Easter eggs we’ve seen up until now:


Mashup of the Day:

Fans are awaiting the big reveals that come with the release of Avengers: Endgame, but for now there are just a lot of theories circulating. Does Ant-Man hold the key to reversing the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War? Is time travel involved? Here’s BossLogic playing with both ideas with some awesome fan art crossing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s size-shifting superhero with iconic imagery from Back to the Future:


Franchise Recap of the Day:

In anticipation of Avengers: Endgame as well as the latest theatrical marathon of every MCU installment so far, Movieclips compiled the original trailers for all 22 pieces of this mega-franchise, starting with 2008’s Iron Man and finishing, almost an hour later, with the first spots for Endgame. Check them all out here:


Dream Battle of the Day:

Now that Disney owns Fox, could we see a cameo from any of the X-Men at the end of Avengers: Endgame teasing the mutant superhero team’s addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Probably not, but in this video, Stryder HD offers a deep consideration of who would win, MCU favorite Black Panther or X-Men’s Wolverine, if they were ever to face off on the big screen:

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