James Cameron : Love Avatar, Loathe Avengers

Hot on the heels of those “Wonder Woman” comments, James Cameron has come out swinging at another superhero series – “The Avengers”. Carrying on like a twelve-year-old who has been forced to share the see-saw at the local park with the new kids, the “Titanic” director tells that he hopes “I’m hoping we’ll start getting ‘Avenger’ fatigue here pretty soon,” Cameron said. “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!””

So says a filmmaker who is going back to the well on two film franchises that – lets admit it, filmgoers aren’t clamoring to see more of – most predict will likely include third-acts where an Austrian droid or bunch of spear-yielding smurfs play their part in destroying either cities or villages.

Cameron’s beef seems to be less with superhero films in general though and more about Hollywood’s obsession with sequels, remakes and branding – which is strange coming from a filmmaker who is prepping a new series of “Terminator” movies (the sixth, seventh and eighth in that franchise), four new “Avatar” movies (sequels to a film many consider more a showreel for today’s effects than a truly enjoyable bit of filmmaking), and a TV series based on his ’90s film “True Lies”. It’s also worth remembering who tried to get a feature film based on “Spider-Man” up for many years – and if he had’ve, all bets would be on Cameron still shepherding the series.

Surely there’s enough room in the multiplex for original sci-fi yarns, “Avatar 12” and a dozen more “Avengers” films to all co-exist in peaceful popcorny harmony?

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