[POLL] ‘Captain America: Civil War’: Will Marvel Cinematic Universe finally win Oscars?

Captain America: Civil War” has great reviews – arguably the best reviews of any Marvel film since the original “Iron Man” launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008. So is it finally time for the Oscars to take superheroes seriously? As of this writing “Civil War” has 76 on MetaCritic (equal to 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”) and 93% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes (beating 91% for “Guardians” and 92% for the first “Avengers”). For some perspective, that’s the same MetaCritic score and a better Rotten Tomatoes score than “The Revenant,” which just won Oscars for Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) and Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio).

But the academy has always been hesitant to recognize superheroes in major categories. They’re usually relegated to craft categories, while a film like “Birdman,” about an actor trying to escape superhero stardom, takes Best Picture. Hollywood seems to love these films during the summer when they rake in billions of dollars in worldwide box office receipts, but the industry seems to resent them by the fall when they’re in the business of rewarding real art.

As a result, Marvel has barely gotten its foot in the door. The track record for its films since the Marvel Universe commenced in 2008 is as follows:

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“THE INCREDIBLE HULK” (2008)
No nominations

“IRON MAN” (2008)
Nomination – Best Sound Editing
Nomination – Best Visual Effects

“IRON MAN 2” (2010)
Nomination – Best Visual Effects

“CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER” (2011)
No nominations

“THOR” (2011)
No nominations

“THE AVENGERS” (2012)
Nomination – Best Visual Effects

“IRON MAN 3” (2013)
Nomination – Best Visual Effects

“THOR: THE DARK WORLD” (2013)
No nominations

“CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER” (2014)
Nomination – Best Visual Effects

“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” (2014)
Nomination – Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Nomination – Best Visual Effects

“ANT-MAN” (2015)
No nominations

“AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON” (2015)
No nominations

Ironically, even though Marvel superheroes have had better luck with critics and at the box office of late, DC Comics have produced bigger Oscar contenders. Specifically, the “Batman” franchise has racked up awards and nominations over the years, from Tim Burton‘s 1989 film, which won the Oscar for Best Art Direction, to Christopher Nolan‘s 2008 “The Dark Knight,” which probably got closer to a Best Picture nomination than any other superhero movie to date: it scored eight nominations and won twice – Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger and Best Sound Editing.

So will “Captain America” be the Marvel film that finally gets through to the academy, or will it be the next to get the cold shoulder? Vote in our poll below, and sound off in our forums.

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