Shazam 2’s Best Character Is Done With DC Forever?

Shazam! Fury of the Gods star Grace Caroline Currey says she isn't sure whether or not she has a DCU future after the upcoming sequel.

By Jessica Scott | Updated

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According to The Direct, ever since her brother pointed out her resemblance to the character of Mary Bromfield from the Shazam! comic books, Grace Caroline Currey has been convinced that she was born to play her. She auditioned for the part and got her dream role, but with the way things are going with DC Studio’s revamp, she may not get to play Mary again after Shazam 2

While no one would blame Currey for being a bit nervous about her place in the DCU after all the recent news of the new shakeup, she says she is actually excited. “I know James Gunn just brings so much to comic book lore and he’s so well-versed,” she says, as both an actress and a fan. 

The Shazam 2 actress says she is “not in the conversations, of course,” so she doesn’t have any insider information to share, but she is “really, really curious.” She, like all other DC fans, is interested to see what James Gunn and Peter Safran are going to come up with in this new era of superhero films and television shows.

Currey has worked with Peter Safran since she was 18 years old, so she has worked with him long enough to know that the DCU is in good hands. She also says that Shazam and Shazam 2 aren’t really connected to other DC films, so she thinks that they might have a better chance of sticking around without getting rebooted like other franchises within the universe.

Plus, aside from looking the part, Currey may really have been born to play Billy Batson’s foster sister Mary in Shazam and Shazam 2. In addition to her acting talent, she had also just worked with director David F. Sandberg on the horror film Annabelle: Creation, which surely helped her to secure the role in the superhero film. 

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Grace Caroline Currey in Annabelle: Creation (2017)

In Shazam, Currey plays the younger form of Mary, while the adult Mary (a.k.a. Mary Marvel, the Shazammed superhero form) was played by Michelle Borth. In Shazam 2, however, Currey will play both parts. According to CBR, this may be due to Currey’s amazing acting skills or it may be due to Borth’s controversial support of a member of the group that stormed the U.S. Capital in 2021. 

Or, there could be a more mundane explanation. In the first Shazam, Mary was 17 or 18 years old, so she wasn’t exactly a “kid” to begin with. And perhaps now, in Shazam 2, in which she appears as a college student who is four years older than she was then, she doesn’t need to become an adult to fight crime, because she already is one. 

It could also be that the movie is sticking with the Golden Age version of the character from the comic books, in which she gained superhuman abilities without actually getting older. But, this is all speculation for now, as the only way for us to know the explanation for this (if there is one) is to watch Shazam 2 when it hits theaters on March 17, 2023. 

We will also have to wait to see if we will be seeing more of Mary Marvel in future Shazam movies, because at the moment, it seems that the only thing that is certain in the new DC franchise is that nothing is certain.