What went wrong?
2.8 billion, and no franchise. No fanbase. Nada.
Fun director: James Cameron.
Creature design: Wayne Barlowe.
How could it be so culturally ephemeral?
3D doubled ticket costs, it wasn't as popular as it seems
majority of fans were from the 2nd and 3rd world eg abatap
Didn't stick around. In the franchise dominated flickscape, only sequels and spin offs can make it in the public memory. Stand alones have to be incredibly memorable and this one just wasn't. I liked it but only ever saw it three times (3D, 2D theater, DVD) to gauge how good it really was. Nothing really memorable. Yeah, bitch about quips all day but a memorable line keeps people talking.
I see the conversation around Avatar to be similar to something like Blade Runner.
Both hard sci-fi that didn't really spawn "toys" or "comic-con hype" the way that things like Star Wars or Marvel did. Seems like they were catering more to big ideas rather than turning into franchises and selling toys
your point? these anons are speaking as if avatar is dead or some shit. i can't stand avatar myself, but it's going to be a franchise, and anybody who thought it wouldn't at least try after it's massive success are fucking stupid. it only takes so long because it's not just a movie you can just get actors for and play it out. it takes fucking years
It just wasn't memorable
Your main character? I don't even remember Jake's personality
The solider guy? Generic dumb and selfish soldier character that's in every movie
All the Na'avi- All the same generic native American stereotype characters
So what about character and creature design? Compared to the likes of Star Wars and Star Trek? Nothing. We have blue folks with braids, blue lions, blue pterodactyls, etc. All the aliens just seemed to be blue, scaly, versions of things one earth.
Planet design? Oh yeah, there's only one and it's a blue and glowier earth
Maybe it has some plot to compensate? OH WAIT IT IS THE SAME PLOTAS MANY OTHER MOVIES
THE ONLY THING IT HAS IS HOW TECHNICALLY IMPRESSIVE IT IS
THAT'S THE ONLY THING
Wait until the 3 sequels start coming out in quick succession. That's when this shit will ingrain itself in pop culture, assuming the sequels don't fail.
It needs more than one movie to build a lasting fanbase.
Original came out in 2008, sequels coming out in 2017,2018,2019.
Had A New Hope come out in 2008 too, star wars would have completed the trilogy 2 years ago and cemented its fanbase.
Not only did they wait 9 years for the first sequel, triple the "normal" distance between franchise installments,
they are also going to give "watch fatigue" by pumping out the sequels in quick succession like marvel and hackson, starting next year, when they will have to fight episode VIII and at least 3 cape movies.
The only popular quote I've ever seen from Avatar isn't even from the movie.
Quaritch was so damn based, but they killed him off so there's no reason to see the sequels.
yes i am aware
and being a rare /tv/ poster who actually entertains reality from time to time, i am accutely aware of the fact that nobody has actually forgotten avatar
your consumerism has blinded you and all the star wars garbage being shoveled into your face isn't evidence that avatar is unremembered
Not enough memes
Not enough social media faggots sucking their cock like Star Wars
No Monday night football trailer
No old characters to bring back
Basically avatar didn't whore itself out enough
>Not enough memes
>Not enough social media faggots sucking their cock like Star Wars
>No Monday night football trailer
>No old characters to bring back
So it wasnt as popular. "memes" and "sucking" as you so eloquently put it, are the result of something popular