James Cameron can’t help but dig into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In his last comment, the director of Avatar: The Way of Water affirms that the visual effects of his film are better than what the public saw with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
Cameron was asked about comicbook.com (via Variety) if Marvel’s special effects served as motivation when making Avatar: The Way of Water. He focused on how comic book movies have led to more overall talent in the area. “The rising tide of technique lifts everyone together,” Cameron said.
But then Cameron took his shot at Marvel while also bragging about the Avatar sequel. “That being said, Weta FX, as it’s called now, is the best. Right? Industrial Light and Magic does a great job, but when it comes to the kind of emotional facial stuff we’re doing… Thanos? Come on. Gimme a breather,” Cameron said. “You saw [Avatar: The Way of Water]. It’s not even close. It’s what Weta did.”
Interestingly, Cameron began the video interview by explicitly stating that he would not disparage the Marvel or DC universes. He even added that he “loves those movies.”
But this isn’t the first time Cameron has had strong words for Marvel, and DC for that matter. In October, the filmmaker said that superhero movies lack emotional maturity for the main characters.
“When I look at these big, spectacular movies, I’m looking at you and Marvel and DC, no matter how old the characters are, they all act like they’re in college,” Cameron told The New York Times. Times. “They have relationships, but they don’t really have them. They never hang up their spurs for their children.”
Cameron has been making the press rounds ahead of the December 16 release of Avatar: The Way of Water. For example, he doesn’t care about “trolls and naysayers” who predict his movie will flop.
Early tracking estimates point to Avatar: The Way of Water earning around $150 million to $170 million in its opening weekend in the United States. That would be a notable increase from the original’s debut of $77 million.
That said, Cameron has called the Avatar sequel the “worst business case in movie history.”
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