James Cameron Comes Down Hard on Superhero Movies for Their Low Emotional Stakes

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  • James Cameron, the pioneer of science fiction, begs to differ with the vast global fan audiences that support the Marvel and DC brands.

  • He thinks of those movies as “hypogonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process.”

  • Although he seems to have a point, it’s strange for the ‘Avatar’ director to make such a statement.

The Marvel and DC brands each have enormous global fan bases that appreciate their various superheroes and comic book universes. That list includes several well-known directors, but science fiction and epic titan James Cameron begs to differ. The Avatar director claims that neither DC nor Marvel’s movies have the substance to pique his interest. He even went ahead to suggest that their production methods are “not the way to produce movies.”

The characters in Marvel and DC brands have been developing for a while now and garnered a mammoth fanbase worldwide. Over the years, their stories have gradually become infused with tensions and fears related to many cultures.

James Cameron recently made some harsh criticisms of the superhero genre in an interview with Indiewire, expressing the hope that viewers would become “Avenger fatigued.” He described superhero stories as “hypogonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process.”

The press tour for James Cameron’s upcoming movie, Avatar: The Way of Water, which is unquestionably one amongst the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year, has officially begun. He discussed several aspects of the planned sequel during his visit to The New York Times, which prompted him to draw analogies to contemporary superhero movies that have recently dominated the big screen. What Cameron finds lacking in superhero films are themes relevant to everyday life.

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“When I look at these big, spectacular films — I’m looking at you, Marvel and DC — it doesn’t matter how old the characters are, they all act like they’re in college. They have relationships, but they really don’t,” Cameron said.

“For me, as a parent of five kids, I’m saying, ‘What happens when those characters mature and realize that they have a responsibility outside their own survival?’ Cameron continued by referring to the Avatar characters.

If moviegoers ever get “Avenger fatigue,” it will be Marvel’s fault for not coming up with something new. And if they do, another person will take their throne. No matter what happens, it is not believable that superheroes will disappear anytime soon.

Despite the lofty analogies made by the director, it would be foolish to wager against Cameron since, if there is one thing the man is skilled at, it is creating a hit.

James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” will be shown in theatres around the world on December 16 following several postponements.

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