Fans were quick to point out that Cameron’s criticism of Marvel movies increases when he has his own movie to promote.
Avatar director James Cameron has offered his take on how Marvel movies handle relationships between the characters — and it’s unflattering.
Speak with VarietyCameron took a stab at major superhero movies and clarified that he was referring to both Marvel and DC.
“When I watch these big, spectacular movies – I watch you, Marvel and DC – it doesn’t matter how old the characters are, they all pretend they’re in college. They have relationships, but they really aren’t. “They never hang up their marks because of their kids. The things that really ground us and give us strength, love and purpose? Those characters don’t experience it, and I think that’s not the way to make movies,” said Cameron.
Cameron’s little effort with superhero movies comes as no surprise to anyone. Avatar was temporarily removed from the world’s highest-grossing movie spot by none other than Avengers: Endgame, though the superhero’s triumph was short-lived as Cameron retook positions with a reissue.
But now, more than a decade after the first Avatar movie made history, the director is returning to cinemas with the sequel, titled The Way of Water. And some fans believe that Cameron simply has no promotional tools other than roasting his old rival at the box office.
But even if it wasn’t about simply invoking the Marvel map to promote Avatar, there are plenty of problems with Cameron’s comment for fans.
“His problem is that he thinks all movies should work like his. So what he’s saying is everyone should have kids? What if you just have other things you want to do in life?” Twitter user SammyLui3 questioned.
Others argued that superheroes simply cannot be compared to ordinary human characters, not least because such films will have a greater degree of fantasy element.
Some Marvel fans were even willing to understand Cameron, but they still offered some well-written relationships between Marvel characters, from Peter Parker and MJ to Wanda and Vision.
But the majority of people think they know the only reason for Cameron’s criticism.
“He’s just trying to promote Avatar. This is the only way filmmakers know how to promote their stuff by talking about more popular stuff,” Twitter user 215PhillyPhilly said.
Of course, many people felt the urge to backfire on Cameron’s Avatar, destroying the main character, Jack Sully, and his “unoriginal” relationship with a native of Pandora. Plus, users remembered how it takes Cameron 13 years to make a sequel, while Marvel is definitely more productive.
But whatever one thinks of MCU and Avatar, both franchises are up in the air. The Way of Water hits theaters on December 16, 2022, while MCU is in the midst of the Multiverse Saga and Phase Four, which is about to conclude with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, set to hit big screens on November 11, 2022.