Loved Super Troopers and regret not seeing the sequel over the weekend. I love that the sequel was crowd-sourced in part. The Super Trooper's 2 crowd funding phenomenon and the film's box office success is just another indicator that film is not dead yet -- and I'm sure Super Trooper 2's success (along with A Quiet Place) is going to cost Ready Player One even more screens this upcoming weekend as Avengers takes over just about everything else. As it stands now, I bet Ready Player one doesn't even make $140M domestic.
As for super hero films, I'm sure the fatigue will come. Hell, I'm the first to admit that I thought the super hero genre was over when Ben Affleck did Daredevil back in 2003.
Bottom line is that what the Russo's and Feige and Disney/Marvel has done with Infinity Wars is unparalleled: it is not just the product of what? 18 films over ten years but essentially a direct
sequel of 6 or 7 films made mostly by other people with a huge cast. This scale and narrative depth has been a drug for viewers who, for now, are pretty much addicted. It's the movie going equivalent of Game of Thrones -- and no one, not Cameron, not Speilberg can hold a candle to it. Fortunately, the guys at the top at Disney/Marvel know it has to end
and I trust them to do a good job.
What I think irks guys like Cameron is that Disney and Marvel are completely dominating (i) scheduling, (ii) the young male audience and (iii) family movie night decisions. The scheduling squeeze Ready Player One just went through is something these big names like Spielberg and Cameron never had to contend with in their careers. Even Star Wars and Last Jedi burned theatre owners and Marvel is the only thing that reliably fills the seats. Spielberg couldn't deliver with Ready Player One, and, for as big as it was in its day, Avatar has become laughingly irrelevant. I love Cameron's films but for the life of me, I have zero desire to go back and revisit the Avatar world, so it will be interesting to see what he does with it -- and I'm sure it will have its share of death-defying acts and carnage -- so he shouldn't be too critical of the super hero films.