James Cameron is easily one of the most successful film directors of all time as he's responsible for three of the top four highest-grossing films in history, which have all grossed over $2 billion. However, his recent projects have examined the effect of colonization and uncontrolled industrialism on the fictional planet of Pandora, which draws parallels to earth.
Now, in the wake of his latest film, the visionary director has admitted to supporting Thanos’s idea of depopulation and it appears that he's a Snap sympathizer.
During a recent interview with Time, the Terminator director stated "I can relate to Thanos. I thought he had a pretty viable answer. The problem is nobody is going to put up their hand to volunteer to be the half that has to go."
Thanos, one of the biggest and most fearsome villains in cinema history, wiped out half of the universe’s intelligent life for a good reason. The Marvel Cinematic Universe character didn’t do this simply because he was evil. In fact, his annihilation plan arose out of the desire to ensure that intelligent life everywhere survives since populations were fast outstripping available resources.
Avatar: The Way of Water reportedly cost $350 million to produce but it now is currently the third highest-grossing film of all time and has more than justified its production cost. Cameron and the rest of the necessary crew members will focus on finishing up the third film which they shot alongside the second film.
Following this, the director will work on the next two installments of the franchise slated for release in 2026 and 2028. According to the report, Cameron intends to be involved in all entries to the series. In his words, "As long as I don’t get hit by a cement truck, we’re going to try to keep the quality up."
Cameron also revealed that he will require about eight years to finish Avatar 4 and Avatar 5. However, there is currently no certainty the franchise won’t be extended beyond the fifth film. If that happens, Cameron expressed doubts he will return to direct. In his words, "It might be open-ended after that. But there will come a point where I’ll have to pass the baton, just physiologically. Mortality is going to come knocking on the door at some point."
Avatar: The Way of Water is still showing in cinemas around the world.