Doctor Sivana

fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics

Thaddeus Bodog Sivana, better known as Doctor Sivana, is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck. He first appeared opposite superhero Captain Marvel / Shazam in Whiz Comics.

Doctor Sivana (left) and Captain Marvel (right).

He is a brilliant but wicked mad scientist that seeks to conquer the world—although his origins and motives have varied between different incarnations, with the New 52/DC Rebirth continuity portraying him as a tragic figure seeking magic to cure his dying family.

Sivana was soon established as Captain Marvel's archenemy and the Shazam/Marvel Family as a whole, serving as one of the two main antagonists of the SHAZAM! franchise (alongside Mister Mind). He has also served as an enemy towards Superman, the Justice League, the Outsiders, the Titans, and has been a part of numerous villainous organizations, such as the Secret Society of Super Villains, the Fearsome Five, the Monster Society of Evil, and the Science Squad. In 2009, Doctor Sivana was ranked as IGN's 82nd Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.[1][2]

Beck has said Parker created Sivana's name by combining the name of the Indian god Siva with the word "nirvana".[3]



The character made his cinematic debut in the 2019 DC Extended Universe movie Shazam!, played by Mark Strong, who reprised the role in a post-credits scene cameo in the 2023 sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods.


  1. Doctor Sivana is number 82 Archived May 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine IGN. Retrieved 10-05-09.
  2. Greenberger, Robert (2008), "Doctor Sivana", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 106, ISBN 978-0-7566-4119-1, OCLC 213309017
  3. Findoc, 1998