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James Cameron says he has “no interest” in making a comic book movie

In a recent interview, director James Cameron said he has no desire to direct a comic book movie, but added that he was once interested in making a Spider-Man feature film.

Speak in a video interview with Comicbook.com about it Avatar: the way of the waterthe filmmaker began by saying, “I just want to say upfront that I’m not going to diss the Marvel or DC universe. Okay? I love those movies. Let’s just take that off the table.”

Cameron, who has helmed blockbusters like Titanic and terminatorthen gave his candid opinion on how the VFX (visual effects) before coming avatar sequel similar to that of Marvel movies. The director said that not only are his film’s effects better, but the comparison “doesn’t even come close”.

As for the possibility of Cameron getting behind the camera for a DC or Marvel movie, he said it’s not likely.

“I have no interest in directing a comic book movie. I was very interested in Spider-Man, but that was something unique,” Cameron said. “I had a personal love for Spider-Man, and then that field is pretty well served by other people.”

Moviegoers watch “Avengers: Infinity Wars” in a theater in 2019, with a James Cameron insert. The director recently said that while he was once interested in making a Spider-Man feature film, he has no desire to direct a comic book movie.
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Cameron praised the VFX work of superhero photos when Comicbook.com reporter Brandon Davis asked if any breakthroughs from the comic book world had motivated him “to keep raising the bar or even take on a challenge to meet and exceed it.”

“Obviously the big comic book movies have driven the huge volume of the industry, right? The rise of tech is bringing everyone together,” Cameron said. “It gives you higher quality artists, more tools and plugins and code [to use].”

Cameron then said that he feels the effects he created with Weta FX Avatar: the way of the water look superior to recent Marvel Studios films. He immediately called out Industrial Light & Magic and his motion capture work for the character Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinite War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

“Industrial Light & Magic does a great job, but when it comes to the kind of emotional face things we do… Thanos? Come on. Give me a break,” Cameron said. “You’ve seen this movie. It’s not even close. It’s what Weta did.”

The comments Cameron made on Comicbook.com aren’t the only time he’s publicly criticized comic book-inspired movies.

In an October interview with The New York TimesCameron said that superhero franchises tend to feature characters that lack a certain amount of maturity.

“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,” Cameron told the newspaper. “They have relationships, but they really don’t.”

News week has contacted Cameron for further comment.