Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron has given the film industry some of the best science fiction works of all time with works such as The Terminator and Aliens. However, when discussing the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, Cameron expresses his hope for audiences to grow tired of the slew of superhero films.
While promoting his six-part docu-series AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, that tackles the subjects of the genre, he states that:
“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-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!”
Cameron’s claim does have some merit to a certain extent as some may consider recent comic books films as repetitive and generic but these claims could even relate to some of his own films including Avatar which is the highest grossing film of all time, followed by Titanic, another one of Cameron’s works.
His statement regarding superheroes without families simply wrecking cities are somewhat erroneous as some superhero films have gone beyond that and have explored mature territories, many of which have defied genre conventions. A prime example would be The Dark Knight which can be seen as a crime thriller, tackling themes of chaos and order. A more recent example would be Logan which can be seen as a survival drama, exploring themes of family. In fact, not only is Logan by far the most emotionally resonant Marvel film, it is also one of the more mature movies of 2017.
Cameron has definitely cemented his place as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time but similar to other filmmakers, they may hold some controversial views. Nonetheless, we will see what Cameron brings to the table with his docu-series set to be released on April 30.