The world of Pandora seems to be like the world of comic books, in that death is merely a suggestion and potentially not permanent. If you died in the first movie then it is no ending for you, and you may be back in Avatar 2, or Avatar: The Way Of Water, to give the sequel its complete name.
Sigourney Weaver may be coming back as a whole new character, as we discussed here at Last Movie Outpost this weekend, but Stephen Lang’s villain, Miles Quaritch, is coming back despite taking Na’avi arrows to the chest in Avatar. He is expected to serve as the main villain throughout the four planned sequels.
In an interview with Empire, he confirms those arrows did finish him off, but as expected his consciousness has been transferred to a Na’vi body avatar:
“He’s bigger, he’s bluer, he’s p–sed off, but there may possibly be an aspect of humility. When you take two Na’vi arrows in the chest, that’s gonna have some kind of effect on you.
[He] was always a character who moved in straight lines and at right angles. But now he is as lithe as they come. He can move with the same kind of cunning and feral quality that any of the Na’vi can.”
The interview went on to confirm that the RDA (Resources Development Administration) will now have a whole set of what are called Recombinants. These are avatars embedded with the memories of human soldiers. Producer Jon Landau says:
“They are coming back with an armada to take back the prized possession that they lost.”
This time, they are prepared, as they have a new base called Bridgehead and they use the resources in Pandora’s oceans to 3D manufacture weapons and ammunition on a huge scale.
The article appears to be the first major salvo in the Avatar 2 publicity bombardment that will no doubt continue until release. Cameron has also been speaking to the magazine and said it is all about scale:
“What I said to the Fox regime at the time was, ‘I’ll do it, but we’ve got to play a larger game here. I don’t want to just do a movie and do a movie and do a movie. I want to tell a bigger story.
I said, ‘Imagine a series of novels like The Lord Of The Rings existed, and we’re adapting them.’ Now, that was great in theory, but then I had to go create the frickin’ novels from which to adapt it.
I had to think long and hard whether I even wanted to make another Avatar film, because it was kind of ours to lose. When you’ve done something that’s been that transcendent in terms of success, do you really want to go try and do that again? There’s a lot of pressure on it. I thought about it for a good two years before we finally made a deal.”
The idea of Cameron creating his sci-fi version of Lord Of The Rings seems huge and exciting, but also opens the door to the horrifying possibility of the kind of people who learn to speak Elvish suddenly self-identifying as Na’vi and going full blue at a Con near you.
To take your mind off that, here are some tweets with pretty images:
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In #Avatar: The Way Of Water, Stephen Lang's Quaritch is 'bigger, bluer, and pissed off,' he tells Empire.
— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) July 3, 2022
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James Cameron likens the #Avatar sequel saga to Lord Of The Rings: 'I had to create the frickin' novels to adapt,' he tells Empire.
— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) July 2, 2022
In case you missed it, here is the teaser trailer that was released earlier this year:
Avatar: The Way Of Water is out in December with the third Avatar movie due in 2024. Both have been shot already. some of the fourth movie is complete but the rest of the shooting is due to start next year. Dust off those 3D glasses, as it looks like we are going back to 2009.