(Above: Publicity shot of Tom Tyler in ‘Adventures of Captain Marvel.’ Source: Wikimedia)
Would you like to stream Captain Marvel? How about Shazam!? We’ve got both of them right here…sort of.
You see, Captain Marvel and Shazam used to be the same person, as shown first on film in Adventures of Captain Marvel, a 12-episode 1941 serial. It follows in its 3½-hour entirety:
You can also see Billy Batson say “Shazam!” and turn into Captain Marvel on the mid-70s’ TV series, Shazam!, which originally ran Saturday mornings on CBS:
Shazam!’s 15-episode first season from 1974 is now streaming on DC Universe ($7.99/month, seven-day free trial). You can also buy that season from Vudu for $4.99 — or buy two seasons, 28 episodes total, from iTunes for $19.99.
Captain Marvel/Shazam next appeared in Legends of the Superheroes, two one-hour NBC primetime specials from 1979 that are perhaps most known for bringing back Adam West, Burt Ward and Frank Gorshin as Batman, Robin and the Riddler respectively. You can stream both episodes free at the Internet Archive. Here’s the first:
Billy Batson would continue turning into Captain Marvel in various animated shows from 1981 until Young Justice earlier this decade (with Rob Lowe and then his brother Chad Lowe voicing the character). You can see samples, including the live-action titles previously mentioned, in the following video from YouTuber NightStroke:
All of the cartoons mentioned in the video above are available on DC Universe except The Kid Superpower Hour with Shazam! DC Universe also offers 2010’s Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam with legendary actor James Garner voicing Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel left DC’s universe earlier this decade. Billy Batson now turns into Shazam rather than Captain Marvel when he says the word, and Marvel now has the only Captain Marvel. You can read all about the two characters’ complicated history in Wikipedia (separate entries for the DC character and the Marvel character) or in the The Hollywood Reporter.
And if you’re looking to stream the current Captain Marvel or Shazam! movies, you can’t. For now, you can only see them in theaters.
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