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Here's How The Oscars Snub for 'Avengers: Endgame' Made History

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By Tara Lloyd

Avengers: Endgame has found another way to make history.

Marvel's hugely popular superhero movie has already entered the record books as the highest grossing film in the history of cinema, earning an incredible $2.7 billion at the box office.

However, even after a fierce campaign from Disney, fans were surprised when the film didn't receive a Best Picture nomination at this year's Academy Awards.

Instead, the film only racked up one nomination for Best Visual Effects, though Disney was also pushing Robert Downey Jr. to get a nod for Best Actor for his role as Iron Man.

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But it turns out that getting an Oscar snub just caused another history-making moment for the Marvel juggernaut.

It's now the first movie in history to be the highest-grossing film of all time and not receive a Best Picture nomination.

According to We Got This Covered, "Every other at-the-time highest grosser throughout the ages had been nominated for the top prize of the year at the Oscars."

This includes Gone With the Wind, The Sound of Music and second-highest grossing film of all time Avatar.

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Disney was also pushing hard for Robert Downey Jr. to receive a nomination for his work as Iron Man.

While fans have loved him in the role, he recently revealed who else he would want to play in the Avengers universe.

"Looking back on it now – also because I’m just such a Jeremy Renner fan, and he made it so cool, particularly when he turns into Ronin [in Avengers: Endgame] – I would say Hawkeye would be my go-to," he said.

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Marvel is currently working on Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

There are currently five films confirmed for release, premiering with Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow on May 1, 2020. The film will also star Midsommar and Little Women's Florence Pugh as fellow Black Widow Yelena Belova, and David Harbour of Stranger Things fame will star as the Red Guardian, Russia's answer to Captain America.

The Eternals is slated for release on November 6, 2020, and will feature a huge ensemble cast, including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden.

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Next on the list is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, set to be released on February 12, 2021. The film will star Simu Liu (Kim's Convenience) in the titular role, facing off against Tony Leung Chiu-wai as the villain The Mandarin.

And May 7, 2021 will herald the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. He'll be joined by Benedict Wong and Elizabeth Olsen, reprising their roles as Wong and the Scarlet Witch.

The last film confirmed for release is the highly anticipated Thor: Love and Thunder, set to premiere on November 5, 2021. Taiki Waititi will return to direct, and Natalie Portman will return as Jane, joining Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as Thor and Valkyrie.

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