Superhero movies are renowned for their visual effects and often contend at the Oscars in that category. But the last comic book come to life to win this category was “Spider-Man 2” back in 2004. Among this year’s hopefuls are a slew of Marvel movies –“Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Black Panther,” “Deadpool 2,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” — as well as the DC entry “Aquaman.”
Should that latter film reap a bid, it would mark the first time in this race for a DC film since 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” which lost to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Below, we catalog the track record of superhero films since then. The years in green had a superhero movie nominated for Best Visual Effects, while the years in red did not. Likewise for the ‘winner’ column.