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* BoundAndGagged: Since to become Captain Marvel, Billy has to say the magic word, he ends up being gagged a lot. Ironically, the villains have no clue he's Captain Marvel until the very end when the Scorpion sees his transformation from a distance. Greedy to learn how he changes into Captain Marvel, the Scorpion has Billy captured and brought to him bound and gagged. After threatening to kill Betty to force him to reveal his secret, it leads to this very satisfying exchange:

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* BoundAndGagged: Since to become Captain Marvel, Billy has to say the magic word, he ends up being gagged a lot. Ironically, this is due to the standard kidnapping protocol of film serials. The villains actually have no clue he's Captain Marvel until the very end when the Scorpion sees his transformation from a distance. distance. Greedy to learn how he changes into Captain Marvel, the Scorpion has Billy captured and brought to him bound and gagged. After threatening to kill Betty to force him to reveal his secret, it leads to this very satisfying exchange:


''The Adventures Of Captain Marvel'' was a 1941 film serial starring Tom Tyler as Captain Marvel and Frank Coghlan Jr. as Billy Batson. The 12 chapter serial focused on the Malcolm Expedition, a group of [[AdventurerArchaeologist Adventurer Archaeologists]] who discover an ancient tomb which holds the ancient [[MacGuffin Scorpion Idol]]. The idol contains several lenses that, when properly aligned, could cause a number of different effects, from transmuting the elements to completely obliterating matter. The scientists decide to divide the lenses among them to ensure that the idol cannot be used without the consent of the entire group. However, almost immediately one of the scientists assumes the masked identity of the Scorpion, and steals both the Scorpion Idol and the scroll which tells how to use it. The Scorpion then sets into motion a plot to steal the lenses from the other scientists and become the most powerful individual on the planet.

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''The Adventures Of Captain Marvel'' was a 1941 film serial starring Tom Tyler as Captain Marvel and Frank Coghlan Jr. as Billy Batson. The 12 chapter serial focused on the Malcolm Expedition, a group of [[AdventurerArchaeologist Adventurer Archaeologists]] who discover an ancient tomb which holds the ancient prized [[MacGuffin Scorpion Idol]]. The idol contains several lenses that, when properly aligned, could cause a number of different effects, from transmuting the elements to completely obliterating matter. The scientists decide to divide the lenses among them to ensure that the idol cannot be used without the consent of the entire group. However, almost immediately one of the scientists assumes the masked identity of the Scorpion, and steals both the Scorpion Idol and the scroll which tells how to use it. The Scorpion then sets into motion a plot to steal the lenses from the other scientists and become the most powerful individual on the planet.


''The Adventures Of Captain Marvel'' was a 1941 film serial starring Tom Tyler as Captain Marvel and Frank Coghlan Jr. as Billy Batson. The 12 chapter serial focused on the Malcolm Expedition, a group of [[AdventurerArchaeologist Adventurer Archaeologists]] who discover an ancient tomb which hold the ancient [[MacGuffin Scorpion Idol]]. The idol contains several lenses that, when properly aligned, could cause a number of different effects, from transmuting the elements to completely obliterating matter. The scientists decide to divide the lenses among them to ensure that the idol cannot be used without the consent of the entire group. However, almost immediately one of the scientists assumes the masked identity of the Scorpion, and steals both the Scorpion Idol and the scroll which tells how to use it. The Scorpion then sets into motion a plot to kill the other scientists and steal their lenses for himself, to become the most powerful individual on the planet.

All is not lost though. Billy Batson, who was along to report on the discovery and who chose not desecrate the tomb, is secretly chosen by the wizard Shazam to see to it that the Scorpion Idol is not used for evil. To do this, Billy is granted the power to become Captain Marvel by speaking the wizard's name. Using the power of Captain Marvel and his own resources, Billy must uncover the secret of the Scorpion's identity and prevent the master criminal from taking over the world.

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''The Adventures Of Captain Marvel'' was a 1941 film serial starring Tom Tyler as Captain Marvel and Frank Coghlan Jr. as Billy Batson. The 12 chapter serial focused on the Malcolm Expedition, a group of [[AdventurerArchaeologist Adventurer Archaeologists]] who discover an ancient tomb which hold holds the ancient [[MacGuffin Scorpion Idol]]. The idol contains several lenses that, when properly aligned, could cause a number of different effects, from transmuting the elements to completely obliterating matter. The scientists decide to divide the lenses among them to ensure that the idol cannot be used without the consent of the entire group. However, almost immediately one of the scientists assumes the masked identity of the Scorpion, and steals both the Scorpion Idol and the scroll which tells how to use it. The Scorpion then sets into motion a plot to kill steal the lenses from the other scientists and steal their lenses for himself, to become the most powerful individual on the planet.

All is not lost though. Billy Batson, who was along to report on the discovery and who chose not desecrate the tomb, is secretly chosen by the wizard Shazam to see to it that the Scorpion Idol is not used for evil. To do this, Billy is granted the power to become Captain Marvel by speaking the wizard's name. Using the power of Captain Marvel and his own resources, Billy must uncover the secret of the Scorpion's identity and prevent the master criminal from taking over gaining all the world.
lenses and using the full power of the Scorpion Idol.



The character of Captain Marvel is also the main hero of a [[{{Series/Shazam}} 1970s TV show]], and a [[Film/Shazam2019 2019 movie]] and has no relation to the Marvel Comics [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] character.

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The character of Captain Marvel is also the main hero of a [[{{Series/Shazam}} 1970s TV show]], and a [[Film/Shazam2019 2019 movie]] and movie]]. He also has no relation to the Marvel Comics [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] character.


* CliffhangerCopout: At the end of chapter 7 ''"Human Targets"'', Billy and Betty are held prisoner in the last of three old shacks on a bombing range. As a plane flies its bombing run, we see the first two shacks destroyed. On the final run, the bombs are dropped, the third shack is hit and we clearly see debris falling on the bound and gagged Billy as the shack blows up. At the start of the next episode, however, we see that between the second and third bombing run, some debris conveniently knocks out Betty and Billy gets his gag loose. He is able to transform to Captain Marvel and get Betty to safety ''BEFORE'' the final set of bombs have even been dropped.

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* CliffhangerCopout: At the end of chapter 7 ''"Human Targets"'', Billy and Betty are held prisoner in the last of three old shacks on a bombing range. As a plane flies its bombing run, we see the first two shacks destroyed. On the final run, the bombs are dropped, the third shack is hit and we clearly see debris falling on the bound and gagged Billy as the shack blows up. At However, at the start of the next episode, however, we see that between it was actually the second and bombing run that caused debris to fall on Billy as well as Betty conveniently knocking her out. As the third bombing run, some debris conveniently knocks out Betty and run starts, Billy gets shakes his gag loose. He is able to transform to loose, transforms into Captain Marvel and get gets Betty to safety safely out of the shack ''BEFORE'' the final set of bombs have even been dropped.


* CliffhangerCopout: At the end of one chapter, Billy and Betty are held prisoner in an old shack on a bombing range. Bombs are dropped, the shack is hit and we clearly see debris falling on the bound and gagged Billy as the shack blows up. Next episode, Billy manages to de-gag himself and transform to save himself and the conveniently knocked-out Betty '''before''' the bombs have even been dropped.

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* CliffhangerCopout: At the end of one chapter, chapter 7 ''"Human Targets"'', Billy and Betty are held prisoner in an the last of three old shack shacks on a bombing range. Bombs range. As a plane flies its bombing run, we see the first two shacks destroyed. On the final run, the bombs are dropped, the third shack is hit and we clearly see debris falling on the bound and gagged Billy as the shack blows up. Next up. At the start of the next episode, however, we see that between the second and third bombing run, some debris conveniently knocks out Betty and Billy manages gets his gag loose. He is able to de-gag himself and transform to save himself Captain Marvel and the conveniently knocked-out get Betty '''before''' to safety ''BEFORE'' the final set of bombs have even been dropped.


* CliffhangerCopout: At the end of one chapter, Billy and Betty are held prisoner in an old shack on a bombing range. Bombs are dropped, the shack is hit and we clearly see debris falling on the bound and gagged Billy as the shack blows up. Next episode, Billy manages to de-gag himself and transform JustInTime to save himself and the conveniently knocked-out Betty '''before''' the bombs have even been dropped.

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* CliffhangerCopout: At the end of one chapter, Billy and Betty are held prisoner in an old shack on a bombing range. Bombs are dropped, the shack is hit and we clearly see debris falling on the bound and gagged Billy as the shack blows up. Next episode, Billy manages to de-gag himself and transform JustInTime to save himself and the conveniently knocked-out Betty '''before''' the bombs have even been dropped.


The character of Captain Marvel is also the main hero of a [[{{Series/Shazam}} 1970s TV show]], and a [[Film/Shazam2019 2019 movie]]. [[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with the]] ''[[Film/CaptainMarvel2019 other]]'' [[Creator/MarvelComics Captain Marvel]].

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The character of Captain Marvel is also the main hero of a [[{{Series/Shazam}} 1970s TV show]], and a [[Film/Shazam2019 2019 movie]]. [[NamesTheSame Not movie]] and has no relation to be confused with the]] ''[[Film/CaptainMarvel2019 other]]'' [[Creator/MarvelComics the Marvel Comics [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]].Marvel]] character.


The character of Captain Marvel is also the main hero of a [[{{Series/Shazam}} 1970s TV show]], and a [[Film/Shazam2019 2019 movie]]. [[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with the]] ''[[Film/CaptainMarvel2019 other]] [[Creator/MarvelComics Captain Marvel]].

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The character of Captain Marvel is also the main hero of a [[{{Series/Shazam}} 1970s TV show]], and a [[Film/Shazam2019 2019 movie]]. [[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with the]] ''[[Film/CaptainMarvel2019 other]] other]]'' [[Creator/MarvelComics Captain Marvel]].


The character of Captain Marvel is also the main hero of a [[{{Series/Shazam}} 1970s TV show]], and a [[Film/Shazam2019 2019 movie]].

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The character of Captain Marvel is also the main hero of a [[{{Series/Shazam}} 1970s TV show]], and a [[Film/Shazam2019 2019 movie]]. [[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with the]] ''[[Film/CaptainMarvel2019 other]] [[Creator/MarvelComics Captain Marvel]].


For a more recent take on the character, see ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]''.

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For a more recent take on The character of Captain Marvel is also the character, see ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]''.main hero of a [[{{Series/Shazam}} 1970s TV show]], and a [[Film/Shazam2019 2019 movie]].

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For a more recent take on the character, see ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]''.


* DamselInDistress: Betty, the female lead, does end up in dangerous situations, though does seem to be a competent character in her own right, such as in episode four, where she manages to kick the chair out from under her guard and jump in the nearby car to escape... straight into a wall which knocks her out and sends her careening into a building.

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* DamselInDistress: Betty, the female lead, does end up in dangerous situations, though does seem to be Betty is a competent character in her own right, but as the only female in the cast, she can't escape this role. Even when she shows initiative, it's not completely successful, such as in episode four, where she manages to kick the chair out from under her guard and jump in the a nearby car to escape... only to run straight into a wall which knocks her out and sends her careening into a building.building. Cue Captain Marvel.


* ShootingSuperman: No matter how many bullets Captain Marvel [[NoSell shrugs off]], the villains just keep on shooting. This is uniquely {{Justified}} for two reasons. As the first portrayal of an invulnerable superhero on film it arguably pre-dates the trope for much of viewing audience. Also, in-universe, Captain Marvel is the first and only superhero and the "reality" of an invulnerable person wouldn't be widely known or believed.

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* ShootingSuperman: No matter how many bullets Captain Marvel [[NoSell shrugs off]], the villains just keep on shooting. This is uniquely {{Justified}} for two reasons. As the first portrayal of an invulnerable superhero on film it arguably pre-dates the trope then, for much of viewing audience.audience, it would be their first exposure to the trope. Also, in-universe, Captain Marvel is the first and only superhero and the "reality" of an invulnerable person wouldn't be widely known or believed.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: If you're wondering where the rest of the Marvel Family is, they weren't in the comics yet when this was made.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: If you're wondering where the rest of the Marvel Family is, they weren't in the comics yet when this was made.



* IAmNotShazam: Averted. VHS and DVD covers of this serial are one of the only instances where you can find the Fawcett/DC Captain Marvel called by his name on the box art.

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