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One of the most respected and successful directors, James Cameron, has been a busy man recently.
The man behind one of the most successful movies ever – Titanic – along with the Terminator and Aliens movies, continues to pump out visually impressive and commercially successful franchises.
Aside from working on the upcoming Avatar sequel, however, he’s been badmouthing the superhero genre, much to the chagrin of fans the world over.
His comments started last year when Cameron called DC‘s Wonder Woman a “step backwards for female characters”, and suggesting that Gal Gadot’s portrayal needed to be more akin to Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor from the Terminator series – which, don’t forget, is one of Cameron’s babies – in order to be viewed as a more credible and noteworthy female hero.
Cameron refused to take these comments back and actually doubled down on them, saying that there was “ultimately nothing groundbreaking” about Wonder Woman.
Well, the director hasn’t stopped at the DCEU to take shots at the superhero genre, as Marvel‘s Avengers franchise recently came under fire in an interview with Indie Wire.
The interview featured Cameron revealing he was hoping for an “Avengers fatigue” to occur relatively soon in the hopes that something new can take its place;
“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-defyin things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process.
It’s like, oy!”
Whilst these comments aren’t exactly gracious towards the ensuing Infinity War movie, Cameron did have some positive comments about another Marvel Studios’ property, Guardians of the Galaxy.
“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.”
Of course, Cameron is no stranger to franchises or building a franchise, as he’s currently looking to build Avatar into a five-movie story to be released from 2020 through to 2025 – meaning four more movies within five years.
And he’s also looking to develop a new Terminator film set to take place following the events of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, which of course, would erase all of the events of the films that were released after it.
Whilst Cameron may know a thing or two about movies and the industry, he’s clearly not being too observant about the genre trend, as Infinity War is set to open well above $200 million domestically, and the Avengers franchise has drawn in well over $10 billion within the past 10 years, so any “Avengers fatigue” might be a little ways off, if it at all happens.