Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige reacts to legendary director James Cameron's comments of the "hypergonadal" Avengers franchise.
Cameron recently made some disparaging comments about the Marvel's record-breaking superhero blockbusters and Feige recently responded — with an answer you might not expect.
James Cameron On 'The Avengers'
The Avatar helmer made headlines when he revealed that he enjoys the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that he's also pretty happy if the franchise signs off after Infinity War or if moviegoers begin growing tired of superhero films.
"I'm hoping we'll start getting Avenger fatigue here pretty soon," Cameron says in an interview with Indie Wire. "Not that I don't love the movies. It's just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hypergonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process."
The director, who hopes for more quality sci-fi films, also describes one of the films in the MCU as an escapist movie that doesn't necessarily prioritize technical plausability.
"We can see the market drives us to a sort of science fiction now thats either completely escapist and doesn't require a technical consultant - an example of that would be Guardians of the Galaxy. It's just fun," he explains. "We don't care how those spaceships work or any of that stuff works. And then you have scientifically responsible science fiction like The Martian or Interstellar."
It's not the first time Cameron took aim at a comic-book franchise. When Wonder Woman dominated the box office in 2017, he told The Guardian that the "congratulatory back-patting" of the industry was very misguided seeing as the character is still objectified.
Feige Stays Positive About Comments
Feige isn't quite bummed at the diss when he was asked about it in an interview with Vulture. The interview reads Cameron's description of the Marvel superheroes to the executive, then tells him that the director prefaced his criticism by saying that he actually loves the Avengers films. Upon hearing theat Cameron loves the films, Feige jumps up.
"Uh, he loves the movies!" Feige exclaims with a pump of his arm. "That's awesome! Wow, James Cameron loves our movies! That's exciting!"
While Marvel bigwig brushed off the director's comments and found the silver lining, the fans aren't quite as gracious with their response.
James Cameron’s just salty because #Avatar fatigue kicked in round about 2010. — What The Craggus Saw (@TheCraggus) April 22, 2018
I think James Cameron is a great filmmaker who should never talk about other people's movies. YOU DON'T LIKE SUPERHEROES, JIM. WE GET IT. STOP CRYING, KING OF THE WORLD. — Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) April 21, 2018
The world needs more James Cameron movies and fewer James Cameron interviews. — Keith Calder (@keithcalder) April 22, 2018
James Cameron bitching about superhero movies while writing 2,498 sequels to his Papyrus Action Smurf movie that I'm pretty sure only existed to sell 3D TVs is weird to me. — Chris Ray Gun (@ChrisRGun) April 22, 2018