There has never quite been a film like “Avengers: Endgame.” Financially, it’s an eyelash away from becoming the worldwide box office champ. Critically, it’s received more acclaim than your average superhero sequel. This entry was truly a cinematic event. The entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had led up to this installment. That it stuck the landing gave it an extra bit of prestige. As such, the buzz has built since its release that “Avengers” Endgame” could receive an Oscar nomination in the Best Picture category.
The movie is Marvel’s crown jewel, offering scale and a cast unlike anything else ever seen before. It’s the hope that, in the same way, that the Academy embraced “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” so too will they with “Avengers: Endgame.” In AwardsCircuit‘s official Oscar Predictions update, the film is currently ranked #35 in Best Picture and #34 in Best Director for the Russo Brothers.
This cuts both ways, as it would make perfect sense for voters to finally go for something like this, as a way to honor the whole achievement that was the first three phases of the MCU. At the same time, the aforementioned franchise of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Middle Earth had shown up in Picture with each installment, culminating in a win for the final entry. Oscar took their time and worked their way up to feting Peter Jackson and company. They just might not be ready to do the same for Kevin Feige and his vision.
Working in its favor, last year was a groundbreaking year for the MCU with the Academy. “Black Panther” cracked the Best Picture lineup and became the first Marvel outing to win an Oscar, taking home three. Could this be a signal that voters are looking at superhero movies in a new light? If so, that could really benefit “Avengers: Endgame” and inspire some Academy members to check it off.
On the other hand, “Black Panther” still seems like an outlier. More of a standalone, it was just as much of a cultural moment, capturing the zeitgeist, but it was substantially more inclusive. You could visit Wakanda for the first time without any MCU knowledge and survive. “Avengers: Endgame” requires a decade of over 20 prior films in order to fully enjoy it. Odds are, Oscar will look at it in technical categories and probably turn a blind eye to it in Picture. However, until the precursors begin in the fall/winter, no one can be completely sure.
Time for you to chime in. Can “Avengers: Endgame” follow in the footsteps of “Black Panther” and score a Best Picture nomination? Does it deserve consideration? Will it turn out closer to something like “The Dark Knight” or “Star Wars: The Force Awakens?” We’re all ears!