Over the years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has established itself with some of the best stories from the Marvel Universe. One can say that the franchise was also responsible for bringing back people to cinema halls following the pandemic. This was quite clear with the box office numbers for their last release Spider-Man: No Way Home. Even though the franchise has managed to prove its worth with the box office numbers, it hasn’t really gotten much recognition during the award season. MCU star Samuel L. Jackson recently spoke about how No Way Home should win an Oscar.
MCU & Awards
Spider-Man: No Way Home has proven itself by making record-breaking box office numbers after the pandemic. There was some expectation from the fans to see this movie get some recognition during the awards season. But based on past experiences it became quite clear that there will be lesser chances of this actually happening. There was some hype about this following the release of Avengers: Endgame, as fans wanted to see Robert Downey Jr. winning an Oscar for his performance. But these movies only end up making it to the nominations and awards for the effects and only Black Panther managed to get a nomination for Best Picture.
No Way Home start Tom Holland had talked about the Oscars before the nominations were announced. He had said:
It would obviously be a huge honor if it was nominated for an Oscar, but I think that’s not how we like to validate ourselves.
Similarly, returning Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield said,
I just feel grateful to be a part of something that is keeping cinemas alive right now, keeping cinemas full, and helping in that regard and making sure that the live experience or the communal experience of going to the movies remains intact.
Samuel L. Jackson Thinks No Way Home Should Win An Oscar
In an interview with the British outlet The Times, Samuel L. Jackson spoke out about Spider-Man: No Way Home not getting any recognition at the Academy Awards. The actor stated:
They should have an Oscar for the most popular movie. Because that’s what the business is about. It did what movies did forever — it got people to a big dark room.
He further stated that these Awards should look at all the genres considering these movies have some great actors associated with them. He added:
All movies are valid. Some go to the cinema to be moved dearly. Some like superheroes. If somebody has more butts on seats it just means your audience is not as broad. There are people who have had successful careers but nobody can recite one line of their parts. I’m the guy who says shit that’s on a T-shirt.
Others Talking About MCU Oscars Snub
Kevin Smith, who has been quite vocal about his love for MCU also had a reaction about this. He argued,
They got 10 slots, they can’t give one to the biggest fucking movie of, like, the last three years?
Man, and they’re like, ‘Why won’t anyone watch this show?’ Like fucking make a populist choice, fuck, man. You got how many slots? Throw in Spider-Man for God’s sakes. Let him swing in there.
Jimmy Kimmel talked about the Academy’s decision to not include the movie in their best picture race too. He said:
The biggest snub today in my opinion, and I’m actually even angry about this, I’m kind of embarrassed to say, is the unforgivable omission of Spider-Man: No Way Home. You’re telling me Don’t Look Up was better than Spider-Man? It certainly was not. Even if you go by the critics reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, Don’t Look Up got a 46 [percent], Spider-Man is a 90. For God’s sake, Jackass Forever has an 89!
Kevin Feige Talks About Oscars Snub
Marvel Studios Head Kevin Feige had talked about this genre bias in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year. He stated,
I think we are always at a deficit because of the Marvel logo and because of a genre bias that certainly exists. I just loved that for a shining moment there with Black Panther that was put aside and the work was recognized for the achievement that it was… There are a lot of comic fans that didn’t know who Shang-Chi was. And yet the work that Destin did and Dave did and Sue did and Joel did, created something new that connected with audiences. We recognized it, the audience recognized it and I sure would love the hard work of all of these people who are telling their story to get recognized.
These movies have always included some of the greatest talents and they have been quite supportive of the genre. Everyone wanting No Way Home to at least get recognition at the Oscars is totally correct. It was brilliant even with its wonky sci-fi plot. Popular directors have criticized the franchise and that continues to be the case. But at the end of the day, MCU does have a massive fan base with people rushing to the theaters to watch the next big entry.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will see a digital release on March 22.