Filmmaker Roger Corman has officially joined the Marvel debate. He further added that “It could be improved if they followed the lead of Jim and worked more on their stories.” James Cameron’s own Avatar universe is returning to the big screen to assert with the MCU. His Avatar: The Way of Water going to be in theaters on December 16 and has a gossiped budget of $250 to $600 million, according to the reports.
Former Roger Corman partners Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola once blasted Marvel for being akin to “theme parks.” Sources conveyed he tries not to watch Marvel films since it’s “not cinema” and doesn’t performs or “convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”
Roger Corman Said Marvel Could Improve by Following James Cameron’s Moves of ‘Story Comes First’
The 96-year-old director and producer acknowledged to Paste that:
“I do think, actually, that they are extremely well made, and the special effects are just phenomenal. I think they’re good pictures.”
“But if I have any quibble with them, it’s that…Jim Cameron, who started with me, when you see a big-budget effects film from Jim, you always recognize that the story comes first, and the special effects are only there to help the story. Whereas with Marvel, it sometimes feels like the special effects are the stars, and the story frankly can be filler between the special effects.”
I wouldn't have used Cameron as an example. Avatar is all about the special effects and the story was blah. But shocker an old timer director doesn't care for the MCU.
— Nick (@M_Nick89) July 16, 2022
Avatar was probably the worst example he could’ve used to make this argument. That movie had mid story, it was entirely visual effects that made it good.
— Conor McGinn (@conor_mcginn) July 16, 2022
You mean the remake of Pocahontas? Idk about y’all but insensitive stories about indigenous folks being killed by profiteers but saved by a white savior in blue face seems like an old, tired story that should be retired…
— AlmightyArceus (@AlmightyArceus_) July 16, 2022
Acting like anyone enjoys Avatar for the plot and not the ground breaking CGI. I ain’t know one person who remembers a single characters name, let alone any plot elements. That movie is a contradiction to that statement
— Sammy Dot (@aqueminiature) July 16, 2022
With their least budget, Roger Corman revealed on first funding Little Shop of Horrors with $35,000.
“The new one would be about $8 million! The script is still being worked on, we’ve gone through two or three writers and the third writer has finally hit the mark I think.”
Francis Ford Coppola also agreed:
“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration…I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”
The second installment to the Avatar franchise will hit theaters on December 16, 2022.