Cameron’s controversial comments about “female empowerment” are hardly the first time he’s talked about female characters and given women audiences the ick. In 2017, Cameron went back and forth with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins after he made comments sexualizing the titular Wonder Woman, and extrapolating that women in Hollywood only know how to create “drama” films and not action. He sounds like a delight to work with.


Cameron ultimately concluded his latest observations on a more gender-neutral note, referencing the heroes of the Marvel and DC universes. “They have relationships, but they really don’t. They never hang up their spurs because of their kids. The things that really ground us and give us power, love, and a purpose?” he said. “Those characters don’t experience it, and I think that’s not the way to make movies.”

Once again, I get what he’s trying to say—it’s a common critique that Marvel heroes have no lives outside of work, nor any deeper loyalties to each other beyond completing missions. But there’s something so dated and innately patriarchal about the expectation that having kids is the only way to experience fulfillment.