Oscar critics often point to the tendency of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to reward the same kinds of films: biopics, period dramas and uplifting struggles against adversity.

No comedy has won Best Picture since Annie Hall in 1977, and no Science Fiction film has ever been deemed worthy. However, according to bookmakers this year’s winner might come from the most unlikely genre of all: superhero movies.

SkyBet currently has this year’s mega blockbuster Avengers: Endgame the shock favourite at 5/1 to carry off the next Oscar for Best Picture. Last year Black Panther made history as the first superhero movie to be nominated in that category, and Marvel will be hoping they can go one further this year and add critical acceptance to overwhelming commercial success.

“An Irresistible Blend”

So far the final installment of the Avengers franchise has grossed a staggering $2.7 billion, in the process scoring the biggest opening weekend on record. It also managed to gather considerable acclaim with Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian describing it as “an irresistible blend of action and comedy.” However, some critics did raise an eyebrow at the more than three hour running time. Anthony Lane suggested in the New Yorker that “you can easily duck out during the middle hour, do some shopping, and slip back into your seat for the climax.”

Also in the Best Picture running at 8/1 are two eagerly awaited new movies, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood from Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic The Irishman. Further down the list at 12/1 are Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat and The Personal History of David Copperfield, both of which are still to be released.