What is loyalty? Here are a brief thought and definition that will help frame loyalty for this article.
- Loyalty is faithfulness or devotion to a group, cause, person, etc.
- "There's something wrong with your character if opportunity controls your loyalty."
Captain Marvel visits the author on the book of Egyptian history and questions him if he's sure about his accusations of Shazam. Even when faced with what seems like overwhelming evidence, and despite a brief waver of doubt, Captain Marvel remains loyal to Shazam and seeks to set the record straight!
Indeed, Captain Marvel does prove Shazam's innocence in this adventure. (I wrote a brief article on this adventure, you can read it here.) But the main thing this story shows is his loyalty to Shazam despite what experts had to say. Cap's loyalty isn't passive - it spurred him to action to stand up for and clear the name of Shazam!
Captain Marvel's loyalty is just one more aspect of his character that has drawn me and countless others to him as a hero.