Veteran filmmaker James Cameron has criticized the character development aspect in superhero films from Marvel and DC Studios, adding “that’s not the way to make movies”.
The director said the maturity lacking in the characters from these tentpole franchises is portrayed in his upcoming sci-fi adventure film Avatar: The Way of Water by its protagonists Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).
In The Way of Water, the sequel to the 2009 film Avatar, Jake and Neytiri will go to great lengths to protect their family.
“Zoe and Sam are playing parents now, 15 years later. In the first movie, Sam’s character jumps off his flying creature and essentially changes the course of history as a result of this crazy, near-suicidal jump into the deep end. And Zoe’s character jumps out of a limb and assumes there’ll be some nice big leaves down there that can dampen her fall. But when you’re a parent, you don’t think like that. So for me, as a parent of five kids, I say, ‘What happens when those characters grow up and realize they have a responsibility beyond their own survival?’” Cameron told The New York Times.
Citing the example of Marvel and DC, the acclaimed director said that the characters in the spectacle films that come out of these stables don’t experience relationships in the real sense.
“When I watch these big, spectacular movies – I watch 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 do. not.
“They never hang their tracks because of their children. The things that really ground us and give us strength, love and purpose? Those characters don’t experience it, and I don’t think that’s the way to make movies,” he continued.
Interestingly, Saldana is also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, under which she plays Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. The actor will reprise her role in the third installment of Guardians, slated for a summer 2023 release.
In the past, filmmakers outside the genre such as Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola have criticized superhero films, calling them “amusement parks” and “despicable,” respectively.