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A group of archaeologists raid an ancient tomb which holds the famed Scorpion Idol. Despite the warning of a curse for desecrating the tomb, they remove the idol and learn that each of its limbs holds a lens and depending on how those lenses are combined can generate a beam that causes a number of d

Adventures of Captain Marvel was a 1941 movie serial published in 12 chapters. Starring Fawcett Publications' Captain Marvel, it was the first ever live-action adaptation of a comic book superhero.

Synopsis for "Adventures of Captain Marvel"

A group of archaeologists raid an ancient tomb which holds the famed Scorpion Idol. Despite the warning of a curse for desecrating the tomb, they remove the idol and learn that each of its limbs holds a lens and depending on how those lenses are combined can generate a beam that causes a number of different results, from transforming lead into gold, to totally destroying matter.

The archaeologists decide to divide the lenses among the group to insure that the power of the scorpion lenses are only used with the consent of the entire team. However, one of the archaeologists assumes the masked identity of "The Scorpion" stealing the idol and the scroll that shows how to use it. For the remainder of the serial, he works to obtain the lenses from the others at any cost.

However, Billy Batson who was traveling along with the archaeologists to report on their discoveries choses not to desecrate the tomb. As a result, he is secretly chosen by the wizard Shazam to make sure the powers of the Scorpion Idol are not used for evil.

To do this, Billy is granted the power to become Captain Marvel whenever he speaks the wizard's name. Using the power of Captain Marvel and his own investigation, Billy works to thwart the Scorpion's plan to gain all the lenses and use the full power of the Scorpion Idol for his own evil purposes.

Appearing in "Adventures of Captain Marvel"

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  • The Golden Scorpion (Destroyed)

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Cast

  • Tom Tyler as Captain Marvel
  • William Benedict as Whitey Murphy
  • Louise Currie as Betty Wallace
  • Robert Strange as John Malcolm
  • Harry J. Worth as Prof Luther Bentley
    • Gerald Mohr as The Scorpion (voice)
  • Bryant Washburn as Harry Carlyle
  • John Davidson as Tal Chotali
  • George Pembroke as Dr. Stephen Lang
  • Peter George Lynn as Prof Dwight Fisher
  • Reed Hadley as Rahman Bar
  • Jack Mulhall as Howell
  • Kenneth Duncan as Barnett
  • Nigel De Brulier as Shazam
  • Tetsu Komai as Chan Lai
  • Stanley Price as Owens


Trivia

  • As a stereotype film of that time, the inhabitants of unexplored regions were portrayed incorrectly to reality. Here the inhabitants of the region of Siam are portrayed with Sikh appearance.
  • As the first ever superhero film, the serial was exploring new ground. Since no one had done a story like this before, the studio borrowed heavily from the archaeologist/explorer and pulp-hero genres. As a result, the film shows live-action Captain Marvel doing things his comic counterpart would never do, such as throwing a henchman off a building, firing a machine gun at bad guys who were running away, and using his powers to strong-arm information from a villain.
  • The serial played with being part of the murder-mystery genre by inviting the audience to determine the identity of the Scorpion. The story is filled with red herrings and false clues to keep the audience engaged. However, based upon how little is presented in the serial, it is not really possible to to solve the mystery before the Scorpion is revealed in the last chapter.

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