The second Avatar film is currently in production, however, that's not the reason director James Cameron is making headlines these days. Instead, it's the director's comments on Marvel Studios' Avengers franchise that are sure to spark outrage.
Last year, James Cameron received backlash after calling DC's Wonder Woman a step backwards for female characters, suggesting that Diana needed to be more like Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor in order to be viewed as a noteworthy female hero. Yet, despite the backlash, Cameron doubled down on his comments, revealing back in September that refused to walk back his prior statement as he felt there was ultimately nothing groundbreaking about Wonder Woman. So, it shouldn't be entirely surprising that the director has taken up a critique with yet another superhero franchise -- this time, Marvel Studios' Avengers franchise. In a new interview with Indie Wire, the director revealed that, although he loves those films, he's hoping for an "Avengers fatigue" to occur relatively soon in order to allow for something new.
Marvel Studios is set to release Avengers: Infinity War this week, and although they're hailing it as the end, fans know that is simply the end of the first chapter, and that there's still plenty to come in Phase Four and beyond. For Cameron, though, the end of the Avengers franchise can't come soon enough. "I’m hoping we’ll start getting ‘Avenger’ fatigue here pretty soon," he said in a new interview. "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!"
While Cameron is quick to dismiss the Avengers films, though, he doesn't forget about James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. For Cameron, science fiction has essentially been split into two realms -- one that is escapist fun, and one that consists of scientifically responsible films, with Gunn's franchise falling into the former category. "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," he said.
For many fans, Cameron's comments on wanting to see different types of stories told may come off as a bit ignorant. After all, the director is currently in the midst of expanding Avatar into a franchise, with four sequels slated to hit theaters beginning in 2020 all the way through to 2025. He's also developing a new Terminator film that is set to take place following Terminator 2: Judgement Day, essentially erasing all of the films that were released after it.
Unfortunately for Cameron, given the current box office estimates for Avengers: Infinity War, which have the film set to open well above $200 million, Avengers fatigue seems like a pipe dream for now.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, Peter Dinklage and Josh Brolin. The film hits theaters April 27.