Will ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ get stung by the Oscars?

Marvel Studios are now releasing three films a year. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” joins “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” as this year’s trio of Marvel movies. “Black Panther” and “Infinity War” were both met with critical acclaim, earning 97% and 83% Rotten Tomatoes ratings, respectively. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” has an 88% Rotten Tomatoes rating, which easily trumps “Infinity War’s” rating, impressively.

However, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and its predecessor, “Ant-Man,” are both touted as the comedic ‘palate cleansers’ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially when compared to the climatic smash “Infinity War” and the culturally significant “Black Panther.” Both of those films will surely be in the mix for awards in the upcoming awards season.

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“Infinity War” is a favourite for four technical awards: Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Mixing and Film Editing. “Black Panther” could score nominations in those as well as Cinematography, Original Song and Score. And both films deserve to be the MCU’s first Best Picture nominee – with “Black Panther” being the more likely of the two to pull off such a feat.

So, what about “Ant-Man and the Wasp?” Can the little ant that could make any waves this year in a market saturated with superhero movies? Its predecessor didn’t manage to earn any Oscar nominations whatsoever, despite a clever script, a killer score by Christophe Beck and hilarious and brilliant visual effects that were a driving force of the narrative as well as the spectacle (not often does CGI manage to be so integral to both).

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Can “Ant-Man and the Wasp” nab any noms this year? Its likeliest route to awards glory would again be in visual effects, but there are a whole load of films that could fill up those five slots easily and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” may even lose out to its studio sibling “Infinity War” in the race for a Visual Effects bid. Indeed, the climatic, culmination that is “Infinity War” cries out for recognition because it is such an incredible achievement and voters will want to give it some acknowledgment for that.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp,” on the other hand, may just be seen as another comedy-sequel with Paul Rudd. It’s got a tough mountain to climb. Even with the movie featuring a lot more of Giant Man, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” may just be too small a superhero movie for academy voters in comparison to “Infinity War” and the like.

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