"This is the coolest thing ever. I'm so happy."
Before playing the title role in DC's Shazam! Was the actor Zachary Levi Fandral in both Marvel's Thor: The Dark World and (oh so short) Thor: Ragnarok.
Levi had replaced Josh Dallas, who played Fandral, one of the Warriors Three, in the first Thor movie. But from what Levi told the press on the Set of Shazam! last year Fandral (quickly) was killed in Thor: Ragnarok was a blessing. In fact, Levi was grateful for no longer being attached to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"When I was thrown as Fandral in [Thor: The Dark World] even though I couldn't do that, I knew that Warriors Three could be really funny characters if they ever developed them," Levi said. "They just didn't do it. They didn't."
"If [Fandral] didn't die, I could still be contracted with Marvel, and I would never have been able to get that work. And I say that!" Levi added. "This is the coolest thing ever. I'm so happy."
For more of what we learned from our visit to the kit, read about how Shazam is a foil for Man of Steel, discovering which other DC supervillains are emerging in the film besides Dr. Sivana and discover how Shazam! fits into DCEU.
And for more on the Shazam !, check out the trailer, our explaining on his villain Dr. Sivana, new pictures from the movie, find out how expensive the costume should be, and enjoy our explain on Shazam's complicated story.
Shazam! opens in the US and UK on April 5 and Australia on April 4.
Nick Romano contributed to this report.