"Black Panther" is, domestically, the highest-grossing film of 2018, and when it was released back in February there was immediate talk about its potential Oscar chances. As the year progressed - and this happens often - the "buzz" surrounding the film seems to have died down a skosh, even though the affection for the film hasn't seemed to abate one whit.
At IGN, Witney Seibold looks at the strange ebbing of "Black Panther's" Oscar buzz, addressing the way fantastical superhero films tend to leave the Academy cold, and comparing "Black Panther's" narrative directly to the tale of "Wonder Woman" from just last year. Two superhero films, both revolutionary in their own ways, both surrounded by affection and buzz, and yet both ultimately undone - perhaps - by the events of their direct sequels ("Avengers: Infinity War" and "Justice League" respectively).
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