WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Shazam!, in theaters now.
It was hard to see what kind of future DC's film universe had ahead of it after years of failure. At one point in time, Shazam! seemed destined to be the final installment of the DC Extended Universe. However, the success of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, as well as the positive response to Harley Quinn, has given Shazam! room to grow.
Now that the film is out, it's time to discuss where the franchise can go from here. Shazam! sets up a few elements that can be expanded upon in further sequels and spinoffs, including a new family of superheroes and additional enemies for them to fight. Here is how Shazam! sets up Shazam! 2.
A New Family Is Born
Shazam! serves as more than just a simple origin story for the titular hero. Even after taking Billy Batson through his own solo adventures, the movie has no problem immediately building on the character's legacy. The superhero formerly known as Captain Marvel has always been defined by his large family of sidekicks, so it's perfect that they all show up in this movie.
Billy spends much of the movie trying to figure out his powers and learning to use them responsibly. However, Shazam! has no problem powering up the entire extended family to take down Sivana and the Seven Deadly Sins. By the film's third act, there are now a total of six superpowered kids, with Mary, Freddy, Pedro, Eugene and Darla all receiving a portion of Billy's powers.
By introducing all these characters in the first film, it sets up everything for the sequel all at once. It is easy to imagine that Billy will have his hands full trying to train his extended family to use their powers responsibly. Shazam! saw Billy go from troubled boy to an inspiring hero, so showing him train the others will be a great way to portray his growth.