James Cameron reckons Marvel special effects aren't 'even close' to Avatar's

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James Cameron reckons Marvel special effects aren't 'even close' to Avatar's

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James Cameron's Avatar sequel is about to take the world of cinema by storm and he's now made an impressive claim about its special effects.

The director, 68, believes that the special effects in the film, which was in the making for over 10 years, are even better than those in Marvel movies. Check out the trailer for Avatar: The Way of the Water below:

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The director made the revelation in an interview with ComicBook.com stating: "I just want to say ahead of time that I'm not going to diss the Marvel or DC Universe."

However, he appeared to do just that when he compared the special effects between the franchises.

He said that in his opinion the special effects in Avatar: The Way of the Water surpass anything being produced by Marvel at the moment.

The director then went on to address the character of Thanos and the work done to create him by the Industrial Light & Magic team.

He said: "Industrial Light & Magic does great work, but when it comes to the kind of emotive facial stuff that we're doing… Thanos? Come on. Give me a break. You saw this movie. It's not even close. It's what Weta did."

But while Cameron might not have been a big fan of the special effects used for Thanos, his opinion certainly contradicts that of viewers and critics alike, who widely praised the work.

James Cameron believes Avatar's special effects are a cut above the rest. Credit: Alamy / PA Images
James Cameron believes Avatar's special effects are a cut above the rest. Credit: Alamy / PA Images

But he did have some positive things to say about the Marvel movies, at least, and said that the sheer number of special effects required has resulted in a bigger pool of experts to work on movies.

He said: "It gives you higher quality artists, more tools and plugins and code [to use]. You've got more talented people writing code out there. Our team at Weta Digital is constantly having new hires, and it's coming out of that pool. So it improves everything."

Thanos looking good, despite James Cameron's claims
Thanos looking good, despite James Cameron's claims

This isn't the first time that the Titanic director has criticised Marvel, and he's also taken aim at the writing of the films, describing their characters as 'acting like they're in college.'

Avatar: The Way of Water will be hitting cinemas on 16 December.

The highly anticipated release is billed an epic science fiction flick and its official synopsis reads: "Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora.

"Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na'vi race to protect their planet."

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