Marvel boss wants Oscar recognition for ‘Black Panther’

The film was met with critical acclaim across the board following its release earlier this year

Marvel boss Kevin Feige has said that it would be “wonderful” if the hit movie Black Panther was recognised at the Oscars.

The superhero blockbuster was released earlier this year to huge critical acclaim. It became the U.S’s top-grossing superhero movie of all time and boasts an impressive 97% critic score on the review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

In a four-star review, NME said of the film: “It’s a joyful, chest-voice statement that there are other voices to be heard in blockbuster cinema and new worlds to be seen. This is a vitally important film and an absolute, watch-it-again-immediately blast.”

Now, Marvel’s Kevin Feige has reflected on the film’s massive success and cultural significance. Speaking to Vox, he was pressed on whether this means it could gain recognition from the Academy Awards.

“I think there are a lot of amazing artists that helped to make that movie,” Feige responded, “and it would be wonderful if they could be recognised… We’ll see. This genre, typically not.”

He added: “There’s amazing performances, amazing artistry in that… Yes, they’re visual effects, yes, they are fun explosions, yes, there are spaceships. But these are all hand-crafted. Maybe it’s in front of a computer; it’s often actual sets, actual hand-built costumes.

“As much passion and artistry and talent goes into every single one we do; it’d be amazing for them to be recognised.”

Meanwhile, director Ryan Coogler recently said that he would be interested in making a female-focused spin-off of Black Panther. “Oh man,” he said. “That would be amazing if the opportunity came up. They did it in the comic book version.”

He also added that “you could argue [the women in the film] are more important” than the men, and that any of the female actors involved in Black Panther could “easily carry their own movie”.