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James Cameron Says Avatar 2 Will Make Haters ‘Shut the F*** Up’

James Cameron’s long-awaited return to Pandora, Avatar: The Way of Water, comes out in just two weeks, and the director is using the press tour for the movie to address the claims made by some critics and movie fans that his 2009 smash left no lasting mark on the cultural landscape.

“The trolls will have it that nobody gives a shit and they can’t remember the characters’ names or one damn thing that happened in the movie,” he said in an interview with Empire. “Then they see the movie again and go, ‘Oh, okay, excuse me, let me just shut the fuck up right now.’ So I’m not worried about that.”

Cameron spoke more diplomatically—and went a little deeper—on the Avatar haters in his recent cover story with The Hollywood Reporter, stating that despite the 13-year lead time on The Way of Water, the Avatar franchise is still very much in its infancy with multiple films on the way, and can’t be fairly compared to other huge series like the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“There’s skepticism in the marketplace around, ‘Oh, did it ever make any real cultural impact?'” he said. “Can anybody even remember the characters’ names?’… When you have extraordinary success, you come back within the next three years. That’s just how the industry works. You come back to the well, and you build that cultural impact over time. Marvel had maybe 26 movies to build out a universe, with the characters cross-pollinating. So it’s an irrelevant argument. We’ll see what happens after this film.”

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