Following the success of the first Shazam!his next sequel, Shazam! Fury of the gods, promised fans that the action and heart would be double what was before. But even though the movie has seemingly taken on a slightly more mature tone, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a fair share of laughs for young audiences and Easter eggs for die-hard fans. However, an Easter egg featured in the trailer may have totally broken the canon and made Billy Batson’s universe even more terrifying.
Shazam! Fury of the gods follows the Shazam family as they enjoy being superheroes. But as the months passed, it became clear that Billy Batson and his family were only getting older and eventually everyone would go their separate ways. The realization was enough to send Billy talking to a pediatrician in his Shazam form, which led to a hilarious moment. But as the pediatrician motioned for Billy to look at the play corner he had for the children, a Easter eggs you could tell it was none other than the Annabelle doll.
In Conspiracy and annabelle movies, the doll has become the vessel of a powerful demonic force that preys on the misery of its owners. And while many directors tried their hand at bringing an Annabelle film to life, Shazam! David F. Sandberg tackled the origin of the doll in Annabelle: Creation. Since then, he’s proudly shown his love for the franchise, with the latest nod being his appearance in Fury of the gods. But if the easter egg were to be taken at face value, how would that affect the canon?
Annabelle, as a character, has had her roots firmly planted in the demonic for years. Should The conjuring universe to exist as an extension of Annabelle in the DC Extended Universe would imply that it would require a collection of super-powered heroes needed to combat these threats, including Zatanna and Constantine. And since Annabelle is a ritual-born character, it would work just as well in a world of magic, like the one that brought a being like Shazam into existence. Considering magic is one of the areas of the DCEU that has yet to be explored, it’s a fun way to tease that magic may be closer than audiences realize.
That said, from a literal perspective, it’s nice to see Sandberg not forgetting where he got his start and how horror helped shape him as a director. And as such, it might even be able to implement more horror elements as the franchise matures. In the past, audiences have faced off against The Seven Deadly Sins, while this film will see dragons take on Billy and his crew. Some of the scariest elements of Greek mythology are even the monsters that permeate some of its best stories. They may not be traditional horror creatures, but they could offer brief scares to audiences.
Realistically, the chances of The conjuring universe playing a role in the DCEU is unlikely. But having a nod to Easter Eggs from the director’s previous works is a great way to have the mind of a theorist who constantly speculates and finds franchise connections. The moment also tells audiences to pay close attention to the film because there could be even more surprises in every frame.
To see Annabelle’s DCEU debut, Shazam! Fury of the Gods hits theaters on December 21.