It can be conceded that Marvel Studios did not start producing the MCU films for the express purpose of winning any movie awards (or even just being nominated), but in its first decade they have, all the same, managed to rack up almost 20 award nominations for their superhero adventures.
Last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was the last MCU film to get lucky, with a Best Visual Effects nomination in the 90th Oscars for next month. But the strong initial reception to Black Panther from its world premiere might see the possibility of an MCU acting nomination.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther has been winning some advance positive reviews stemming from the powerful response to its January 29 world premiere in Los Angeles. There at the Dolby Theatre, Coogler and the film’s cast – Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and many others – were met by an enthusiastic crowd that gave them a standing ovation before the actual screening.
It’s not difficult to ascertain why the film is so adored. While it retains the MCU style of awesome visuals and action, Black Panther also packs a greater depth in story and themes.
Having a main character who is both superhero and sovereign of an entire country, the latest MCU installment has intrigued early reviewers with its deft touches of socio-political subjects. The fact that Black Panther also has a majority African-American cast and director has also been prominently brought up in media.
Black Panther will finally premiere for keeps on February 16, Friday next week. With the attention and praise this film’s getting already, the rising buzz that it might get a Best Acting or Supporting nomination in the 91st Academy Awards on 2019 has only increased, and with it the anticipation.