While promoting his new documentary series AMC Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, James Cameron is hoping that the world will finally get over its love affair with superhero movies. Hopefully in time to go see Avatar 2.
"I'm hoping we'll start getting Avenger fatigue here pretty soon. Not that I don't love the movies. It's just, come on, guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It's like, oy!"
It seems that Cameron is more lenient with space-based superhero movies (surprise, surprise) as he name dropped Guardians of the Galaxy as a film he thinks is fun.
"We can see the market drives us to a sort of science fiction now that's either completely escapist and doesn't require a technical consultant—an example of that would be Guardians of the Galaxy. It's just fun. 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."
Moving onto irresponsible things, Cameron then went on to compare Avatar (which is just Dances with Wolves in space) to Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather.
"I've found myself as a father of five starting to think about what would an Avatar story be like if it was a family drama. What if it was The Godfather? It's a generational family saga. That's very different than the first film. There's still the same setting and the same respect for the shock of the new. We still want to show you things that you haven't even seen or imagined, but the story is very different. It's a continuation of the same characters . . . but what happens when warriors who are willing to go on suicide charges and leap off cliffs, what happens when they grow up and have their own kids? It becomes a very different story."
Meanwhile, Avatar 2 is set to release December 18, 2020, Avatar 3 is set to release December 17, 2021, Avatar 4 is set to release December 20, 2024, and Avatar 5 is set to release December 19, 2025.