James Cameron shades Marvel and DC? Director compares ‘Avatar’ to superhero films

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 13: Director James Cameron of the television show AMC Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction speaks onstage during the AMC portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on January 13, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for AMC)

Director James Cameron criticizes Marvel films for their lack of depth compared to his own.

James Cameron’s career as a director dates back to 1978. He rose to prominence as the director of science fiction films such as “The Terminator,” “Xenogenesis,” “Aliens,” and others. One of his most notable Hollywood successes was the classic “Titanic,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

However, with the release of his latest film, “Avatar: The Way of Water,” James Cameron reveals the secret to writing his characters from the fantasy blockbuster film franchise “Avatar.”

In a recent interview with the New York Times, the 68-year-old director discussed the development of his characters in “Avatar” as parents in the film sequel.

When asked about his changes in writing Jake Sully and Ney’tiri, Cameron talked about their depth, lacking in other characters, namely superheroes from Marvel and DC films.

James Cameron expressed about superhero characters:

“When I look at these big spectacular films – I’m looking at you, Marvel and DC – it doesn’t matter how old the characters are, they all act like they’re in college. They have relationships, but they really don’t. They never hang up their spurs because of their kids. The things that really ground us and give us power, love, and a purpose? Those characters don’t experience it, and I think that’s not the way to make movies.”

“Avatar: The Way of Water” takes place 15 years after the first “Avatar” film, with the main characters now having children.

James Cameron compared the heroic acts of Jake Sully and Ney’tiri from the original film to his definition of depth. James recalled how the two characters had taken suicidal leaps of faith as heroic stunts but that becoming parents has changed how they act to save their tribe in the sequel.

James Cameron explained:

“But when you’re a parent, you don’t think that way. So for me, as a parent of five kids, I’m saying ‘What happens when those characters mature and realize that they have a responsibility outside their own survival?'”

“Avatar: The Way of Water,” the sequel to the fantasy blockbuster, is set for international release this year, with a December 16 release date.