The Marvel Cinematic Universe is arguably the most popular movie franchise ever and has made household names out of its stars. Previously acclaimed actors like Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and Chadwick Boseman have achieved such stratospheric levels of fame that thy are now among the most recognized people on the planet.
So popular are the Marvel movies that it is no longer surprising when fans and organizations bombard them with requests to grant the wishes of fans or to make special appearances. In March 2018, a Fox News anchor reached out to the stars on Twitter to see if any of them would be available to meet a young fan dying of cancer.
In fact the more desperate the situation, the more likely they are to find a way to grant the request. A fact the organizers of the Academy Awards appear to be looking to use to their advantage.
In the aftermath of the Kevin Hart Oscar hosting debacle, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences appears to have decided to go without a host this year and word on the street is that the producers will have a rotating cast of stars to introduce various segments.
Considering that Hart was selected in their perennial attempt to draw viewers and boost ever dwindling ratings, the Academy could really use a popular face, or two… or ten?
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show’s producers are trying to line up appearances from any big-name Avengers castmember they can find. The irony of an awards show that regularly snubs Comic Book Movies now turning to the most popular of that genre for help is delicious.
Should the Avengers snub the Academy? Perhaps, but that won’t happen. After all, Disney owns Marvel Studios and ABC which is airing the award show. Also, the Avengers have assembled at the Oscars before.
After the landmark success of 2012’s Avengers, the 2013 Oscars had Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) together onstage to make a presentation.
With the coming release of Avengers: Endgame a mere two months after the Oscar Awards, Marvel Studios is unlikely to pass up the chance to snag even more free publicity for the highly anticipated movie.
Another reason this news is plausible is that since the Oscars will air on Disney-owned ABC which has done favors to Marvel, its sister media behemoth, by keeping the MCU spinoff Agents of SHIELD on the air despite shaky reviews and dwindling ratings. It might just be time to return the favor.