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If you are, for any reason, nervous about the level of quality of Captain America: Civil War there is one sure-fire way to put your mind at easy. Ask Anthony Mackie. The actor has been a one-man hype machine as of late. He’s calling Civil War the best of the Captain America films, the best Marvel movie, and the best superhero movie that’s ever been made. But he’s not done yet. Now, it turns out Captain America: Civil War may be one of the best movies of the year, like Oscar good.

In a recent interview with BBC Radio, Anthony Mackie, the MCU’s Falcon, doubled down on his "Marvel’s best movie" statement and then took it to another level, saying that he thought that Captain America: Civil War might be up for a major award a year from now.
I think it might be the first superhero movie that might be up for best picture.

At some point the expectations have to hit a ceiling, right? So based on this statement we’re not only expecting a great Marvel movie but one of the 10 best movies of the year. Thus far, Anthony Mackie hasn’t predicted a win yet, but we figure that statement should be along shortly. To be fair, we truly believe that Mackie feels this way, it’s not just hype, at least not from his perspective. He’s also been saying that the acting performances in Captain America: Civil War, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, have been great. No word if he’s tapping co-star Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr. for acting awards as well.

While the superhero genre has been box office gold for the movie studios, they have been generally ignored by the Academy, as well as most other organizations, when it comes to award season. The most high profile award given to a superhero movie, thus far, was Heath Ledger’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar which he received for playing The Joker in The Dark Knight.

For the most part, if superhero films see any award recognition at all, it’s in technical categories like Visual Effects or Art Direction.

We are certainly in favor of seeing our favorite movies also be the best movies of the year. Still, we have to imagine that for Captain America: Civil War to be good enough to get recognition from the Oscar stiffs, it doesn’t just have to be good, it has to be so good that even the people than usually turn their nose up at the genre are forced to admit that it’s good. That seems like a tall order, but we’ll have faith. Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters May 6.