If Billy Batson time travels to the past or future and says "Shazam" will he still be transformed? I tried to Google the question and did not find an answer.

  • If Billy travels into his own past? Or if he just travels to a point before he was given his powers?
    – Valorum
    Feb 11, 2020 at 0:30
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    In Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil (2007) he went back to the Big Bang and his powers seemed to work just fine. Does that count?
    – Valorum
    Feb 11, 2020 at 1:01
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    Umm, any reason to think why he wouldn't retain his powers?
    – Shreedhar
    Feb 11, 2020 at 7:49
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    @Shreedhar Well, he does get them from an external source that might not recognize him as an authorized user.
    – nick012000
    Feb 11, 2020 at 14:29
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    @nick012000 I'm no scholar of the mythos, but the bits and pieces I've absorbed indicate the Wizard sitting in the Rock of Eternity very likely considers linear/sequential time to be a "quaint concept".
    – Blaze
    Feb 11, 2020 at 15:46

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The answer is "yes", his power still works.

The only instance where I can produce evidence for comes from the run of Justice Society, circa 2002. In the story, Hawkwoman, Mr. Terrific, and Captain Marvel are all thrown deep into the past to ancient Egypt. There they fight Vandal Savage and Ahk-Ton, perhaps the original Metamorpho born of the Orb of Ra. Our Heroes find allies with a relatively newly-made Black Adam, the sorcerer Nabu, and the original Hawkman and Hawkwoman.

Trying to find help, Adam and Captain Marvel travel to the celestial realm. There, they use the power of their transformation to hopefully attract the attention of the god Ra.

Shazam in ancient Egypt

Shazam transforming back to Billy Batson

As you say, there are so many re-re-reboots and variations of Captain Marvel/Shazam, I'm sure there more examples of the power working and others claiming it does not.


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