‘Luke Cage,’ ‘Legion’ & more: Time for TV awards to honor great superhero shows

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has pretty much owned the film industry since it launched with “Iron Man” in 2008. Since then comic book characters have also made a successful move to TV, but even though TV awards voters have proven more open to sci-fi and fantasy than their big-screen counterparts (consider awards darlings like “Lost” and “Game of Thrones”), superhero shows still haven’t gotten their due from most awards groups, even acclaimed dramas like “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil.”

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At the upcoming Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice Awards, “Luke Cage” could be a contender. Spun off from “Jessica Jones,” its title character (Mike Colter) is a black hero in Harlem whose bulletproof skin takes on new significance in the Black Lives Matter era. That modern cultural relevance, combined with its strong reviews (79 on MetaCritic), could make it this fall’s best hope at a superhero awards breakthrough.

Then there’s FX’s “Legion,” which premieres next February. Also based on a Marvel Comics superhero, it has a strong awards pedigree. It was developed my Noah Hawley, they Emmy winner behind the anthology “Fargo,” and it stars Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) as a mutant who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age.

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Will these or any other superhero shows have an awards breakthrough, or will they continue to be overlooked? Read some of our forum posters comments below, and make sure to join the discussion.

Hunterbergfeld: Mahershala Ali and Alfre Woodard both have a shot of getting nominated for “Luke Cage.” Also, “Legion” is the new Noah Hawley series, who delivered “Fargo.” The Emmys love “Fargo” and FX, as well as Jean Smart who will be in the show, so I would not be surprised if the show can be successful at the Emmys. Also, “Iron Fist” might have a slight chance of getting in.

sofan: Both “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” were snubbed in main categories so I don’t know. Probably it would have to be the next big thing a la “Game of Thrones” but only with superheroes instead of dragons.

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thedemonhog: With such a great track record for being at least “good” and so many new superhero shows coming out every year, one eventually is going to boil over. “Legion” might be it, just because of the combined cachet of Noah Hawley and FX.

jacob121: I was also disappointed that “Jessica Jones” failed to break through. It had the critical backing and appeared on an Emmy respected platform so it seemed like a good bet. [Star Krysten Ritter] couldn’t even get a Globe nom! Because of that, I am hesitant about any superhero-themed show becoming successful on the awards circuit – agreed, though, that I am very much looking forward to “Legion.”

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Do you think “Luke Cage” will be a big Golden Globe hit? Be sure to make your Golden Globe predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how this series is faring in our Golden Globe odds. You can keep changing your predictions right up until just before nominations are announced on December 12 at 5:00 am PT/8:00 am ET. Be sure to read our contest rules. And join in the fierce debate over the Globes taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our forums.

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