Comicbook films, those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe specifically, are some of the biggest movies in the history of film, not only in terms of box office success but also in scale. The way that Marvel Studios has been able to intertwine all of their projects and ultimately bring them all together for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 is something that we’ve never seen happen. The films are also some of the highest rated films when it comes to both critics and fans yet when it comes to accolades in the mainstream, there’s always silence around these films.
Sure, comicbook films are lauded inside of their industry when they do well and are well-made, but when was the last time you saw a performance receive the highest honors in Hollywood? Outside of visual effects, sound mixing/editing, and makeup and hairstyling, the only performance that hasn’t been snubbed at the Academy Awards was Heath Ledger’s incredible turn as The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s film The Dark Knight;he received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor posthumously. The most recent nominee was James Mangold, who received a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Logan.
While fans may be clamoring for their favorite films to get more accolades, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige doesn’t seem too worried about it. While speaking at the Produced By conference (via THR), Kevin Feige brushed it off by saying:
“Maybe it’s easy to dismiss VFX or flying people or spaceships or billion dollar grosses. I think it is easy to say that you have already been awarded in a certain way. Hitchcock never won best director, so it’s very nice, but it doesn’t mean everything. I would much rather be in a room full of engaged fans.”
The next awards season is going to have to deal with both Black Panther and Infinity War, so we’ll see if the trend changes. Marvel Studios isn’t slowing down, either. We could be in for some magic if and when the Disney/Fox deal goes through!