Few actors are able to say that they’ve been a part of both the Marvel and DC cinematic universes, and, with the release of Shazam! last month, Zachary Levi has joined that elite club. The film represents a step up for Levi, who played the minor role of Fandral in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok, and then stepped up to play the titular character of Shazam!. Recently, Levi spoke out about the the franchises, confessing that he had more fun working for DC than Marvel.
At MegaCon in Orlando over the weekend, Levi answered a number of questions from fans while promoting the film. When one asked whether Marvel or DC was more fun to work for, Levi quickly answered DC--then tempered himself, according to ComicBook.com.
“Well, I mean, I had more fun working for DC,” he said, adding, “I mean, I got to be my own superhero with DC, bro."
He added that he did enjoy acting in the Thor sequels, though ultimately it was not as satisfying. “This is so dope, and we had some fun, but we didn’t really do all that much,” Levi said. “I mean, anyone who saw the movie, you should know, they didn’t really go that direction with the movie, so I didn’t have that much to do.” Shazam!, he said, offered the opportunity to “be my own guy,” and was naturally more fun for that reason.
In addition, he said, the film offered more opportunities for having fun because of its premise, which sees Levi playing an adolescent boy in a super-powered adult body. “The fun and funny and joy and heart, and everything that comes from a premise like that… that’s a fun movie!,” he stated.
Though some actors, such as Tommy Lee Jones, have been in Marvel Cinematic Universe films and older DC films, or vice versa, only Levi has appeared in both mainline cinematic universes. Clearly, it’s been a fun experience for him--which, at the end of the day, is what it’s all about.