The 2020 Academy Awards ceremony may be ten months away but for punters who like to play the Best Picture betting markets, this is an ideal time to look for a lively outsider. With most of the movies quoted in the betting yet to be released, including the current 3/1 favourite, Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman, there’s plenty of potential for major movements in the market. 

And punters scouring the bigger-priced contenders in this market can’t fail to notice the number of comic-inspired super hero movies slated for 2019. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has given odds on eight movies from this genre, ranging from the eagerly awaited Avengers: Endgame (14/1) to the underwhelming Hellboy (60/1), which was given a lukewarm reception by critics. 

But the biggest outsider of the eight, according to Paddy Power, is Spider-Man: Far From Home. If the bookies are to be believed, the latest Peter Parker adventure is a 75/1 shot in the Best Picture market, giving it only a slightly bigger chance of claiming the big prize than Pokemon: Detective Pikachu at 100/1. Those long odds may not be entirely down to the merits of the movie, which stars Tom Holland in the title role, along with Samuel L Jackson and Jake Gyllenhaal. 

For those who’ve been keeping up with the goings on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this movie, which will be out in July, is the sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and follows the events of Avengers: Endgame, which is slated for a late-April release. The plot involves Peter Parker going to Europe on a school trip, during which he is recruited to team up with Mysterio (played by Gyllenhaal) to fight the extradimensional humanoids known as the Elementals. 

The big price on this latest dose of spider-themed movie action may persuade some punters to take a chance on Spider-Man: Far From Home, but regular players in this market will know that any super-hero movie is up against it when it comes to Oscars recognition. Although comic-inspired movies regularly scoop the Best Visual Effects Award, they have made little impact on the Best Picture category and none has ever won it, so this Spider-Man instalment will have to be a remarkable piece of cinema to land the big prize in 2020. 

Published by Andie Hughes

Based in England, Andie Hughes is a freelance betting writer with over a decade of experience in the industry. Andie has written for ESPN, Betfair, Sporting Life, and Boylesports, and can be contacted at andiehughes73@gmail.com.

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