ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Now, thankfully, superhero movies haven't literally taken over the Oscars. Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans aren't, as far as I'm aware, preparing a bloody coup at the ceremony, and Henry Cavill isn't - so far as it's possible to know - arranging a ruthless corporate takeover of any element of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

That being said, though, the past few weeks of early awards season festival coverage - and the recently concluded TIFF in particular - have begun to suggest a very specific theme about this Oscar season - one which might as well suggest a sea change in the film industry as a whole. That theme?

EVERYONE is in Superhero Movies Now

And, perhaps even more importantly, a striking number of actors in superhero movies are likely to be nominated for major awards at this year's Oscars.

Leading contenders include:

Michael Fassbender, a.k.a. Magneto, for Steve Jobs

In which the star of next year's X-Men: Apocalypse exchanges being the master of magnetism for the master of iPhones...

Tom Hiddleston, a.k.a. Loki, in I Saw the Light

In which Thor and The Avengers' disreputable trickster god becomes a disreputable country music legend...

Michael Shannon, a.k.a. Zod, in Freeheld

In which Shannon is presumably far less dead than he looks set to be in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice...

Nicholas Hoult, a.k.a. The Beast, in Equals and Kill Your Friends

In both of which the X-Men: Apocalypse actor fails to appear wearing blue fur...

Josh Brolin, a.k.a. Thanos, in Sicario

In which the Guardians of the Galaxy villain acts up a storm alongside his Guardians co-star Benicio Del Toro, a.k.a. The Collector, and Emily Blunt, a leading contender to play Captain Marvel.

Sebastian Stan, a.k.a. The Winter Soldier, in The Martian

In which the Captain America series' Bucky Barnes heads into space, along with some superheroic pals, including...

Michael Pena, a.k.a. Luis from Ant-Man, in The Martian

In which Ant-Man's comic highlight Luis becomes slightly less funny, but even more heroic - right alongside...

Kate Mara, a.k.a. The Invisible Woman, in The Martian

In which Kate Mara will be much, much more appreciated than she was in this summer's Fantastic Four...

Michael Keaton, a.k.a. Batman (and Birdman) in Spotlight

In which Michael Keaton at no point growls "I'm Batman," which is a shame, but probably for the best...

Rachel McAdams, a.k.a. an As-Yet Unrevealed Role in Doctor Strange, in Spotlight

In which the soon-to-be Doctor Strange star does absolutely nothing involving magic whatsoever, but is still very good indeed.

Mark Ruffalo, a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk, in Spotlight

In which The Hulk just pretty much guaranteed himself another Oscar nomination...

The even more interesting part?

There are a whole lot of other past, present and future superhero movie stars in potentially Oscar nominated movies this season, and you know what that means, right?

Let me know which ones I missed in the comments!


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