Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War finally opens in theaters this week and it will no doubt dominate the box office, but director James Cameron would like to see the genre come to an end.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it began in 2008 with the first Iron Man movie and ten years later Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of its success, but director James Cameron, while promoting his new docuseries “AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction,” shared his thoughts on the MCU and the Avengers.
Cameron feels that the Avengers are dominating too much of the genre, saying.
“I’m hoping we’ll start getting ‘Avenger’ fatigue here pretty soon, not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!”
“We can see the market drives us to a sort of science fiction now that’s either completely escapist and doesn’t require a technical consultant — an example of that would be Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s just fun, we don’t care how those spaceships work or any of that stuff works. And then you have scientifically responsible science fiction like The Martian or Interstellar.”
Let me start by saying that James Cameron directs some of my favorite movies. I love Aliens, Terminator 1 & 2 and True Lies. Cameron’s last directed movie to play in theaters was Avatar in 2009 and whose next film Avatar 2 won’t even hit theaters until 2020 and he’s complaining about the superhero genre having success. I say get over it.
Cameron can’t complain about a genre having success when he’s planning no less then four Avatar sequels of his own and then to top it off comparing his own Avatar plans to the Godfather saga. You can’t say that you “love” those types of movies and in the same sentence rip on them at the same time, I don’t buy it.
Mr. Cameron is allowed to have his opinions just as I’m allowed to have mine and any of you reading this have yours, but when he complains that a particular genre of movies is taking up to much of the market when he himself plans on releasing four sequels it comes across as a little hypocritical.
A well known director like Cameron probably shouldn’t be hoping for particular types of movies to just go away, at least not publicly as it leaves him open for criticisms if Avatar 2 fails at the box office.
So why would James Cameron want the superhero movies to come to an end? Is he afraid of the competition for his Avatar sequels? Is he afraid that eleven years is to long in between sequels? I could make some speculations as to why, but only James Cameron knows what he’s thinking, but after reading his comments he might want to keep what he’s thinking to himself.