Kevin Feige More Focused on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Pleasing Fans Than Winning Oscars

Black Panther bucked the trend of Marvel movies being mostly overlooked when it comes to being nominated in major Oscar categories, but when it comes to the chances of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever repeating the 2018 movie’s success, Kevin Feige isn’t in the game of making predictions. Although Black Panther secured seven nominations at the Academy Awards, including a completely unexpected Best Picture nod, and won three of them, Feige has recently explained that he doesn’t spend much time worrying about how many awards the MCU’s movies will pick up, as his focus is on pleasing the franchise’s fans. He told Total Film:


“I’m not the kind to predict what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will do with their precious votes. I don’t know. I do know that Ryan and the entire team approached this movie just like they approached the first one, which is: how do we make the best experience possible for the audience? And how do we make the best experience that people will want to repeat again and again? That was the driving motivation. And something that is an incredible tribute to the legacy of Chadwick. This one rides a fine line of a real-life tribute and yet continuing the fictional narrative and the hope and – I just keep going back to that word – optimism that Wakanda always represents.”

Kevin Feige Has Often Spoken About the Lack of Awards Acknowledgment Given to Superhero Movies

Although there have been some notable exceptions, such as Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar wins for playing their respective interpretations of The Joker, in general, superhero movies don’t fare too well when it comes to both Oscar and now Emmy Award nominations. Even if they do receive nominations in any of the major categories, wins are still a very rare occurrence. This is something Kevin Feige has addressed previously, saying:

“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.”

Although there have been a number of projects that have gained major audience and critical praise, including WandaVision, Moon Knight, Spider-Man: No Way Home and more, there has been a tendency for these shows and movies to do well at audience-voted awards ceremonies, but when it comes to the big awards, they are usually locked out in the cold. Whether this tide can be turned again with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be seen soon enough, but for now, the movie is ready to please audiences when it releases in theaters on November 11.