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'Shazam!' Star Zachary Levi Sparks Backlash After Agreeing With Anti-Vaxx Tweet About Pfizer

The actor's previous right-leaning comments have come to light after he agreed with a tweet calling the vaccine maker a 'real danger to the world.'

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Actor Zachary Levi's previous right-leaning comments have resurfaced after he sparked backlash for agreeing with an anti-vaxx tweet about the pharmaceutical company Pfizer that referred to the vaccine maker as "a real danger to the world."

Levi said he "Hardcore agree[s]" with a tweet from anti-vaxx entrepreneur Lyndon Wood, who asked his followers if they "agree" that Pfizer is a "real danger to the world." Wood has previously come under fire for espousing anti-vaccine and anti-transgender rhetoric.

You can see his tweet below.

Levi's tweet came shortly after filmmaker James Gunn tweeted the latest trailer for the highly anticipated film, which is directed by David Sandberg.

Levi's tweet received heavy criticism from fans who noted the Shazam! actor—whose leading role in the Shazam! sequel hits screens in a month and a half—is hurting the DC Studios brand with his tweet.

Levi later attempted to clear the air somewhat by tweeting a link to a 2009 Justice Department settlement in which Pfizer had to pay $2.3 billion for misbranding and defrauding Medicare with its arthritis medicine Bextra.

However, he did not clarify further.

Levi's right-leaning comments became more visible to other social media users after people noted he once appeared on anti-vaxx conspiracy theorist Joe Rogan's program praising the right-wing provocateur and transphobe Jordan Peterson.

He also did not correct Rogan after Rogan misgendered the transgender actor and activist Elliot Page.

Which has only exposed him to further backlash.

Levi is the latest member of the DC cinematic universe to become embroiled in controversy for espousing anti-vaxx views.

Ant-Man star Evangeline Lilly was also heavily criticized for her COVID-19 stance in 2020 after she refused to self-quarantine and claimed that she values "freedom over [her] life." She later took part in a march against COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Washington, D.C.

But the Marvel cinematic universe has had its fair share of troubles too, as in 2020, when Black Panther star Letitia Wright generated backlash for sharing a YouTube video that questioned the legitimacy of the COVID-19 vaccine and accused China of spreading COVID-19, amongst other controversial statements.