James Cameron has shed further light on his plans for the four upcoming Avatar sequels and one major detail has fans everywhere completely baffled.
The first Avatar movie, released back in 2009, was a pretty mixed bag. Sure, it was visually spectacular but the script left a lot to be desired, with the resulting film coming off like a modern day version of the Smurfs, fused with Fern Gully.
And the less said about Unobtanium the better. One thing Avatar definitely got right, however, was its villain. Colonel Miles Quaritch, played by Stephen Lang, was an absolute badass who wouldn’t have looked out of place alongside the colonial marines from Aliens.
So, even though he was the bad guy and wanted all the Unobtainium or whatever, most people were pretty gutted by Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri killed him with two pretty massive arrows to the chest. He was dead and the universe of Avatar was worse off without him.
Except, that Colonel Quaritch didn’t die. And according to Cameron, he’s not coming back for one more Avatar sequel – he’s coming back for all four.
Big Jim Cameron shed light on the plans to Empire:
“The interesting conceit of the Avatar sequels is it’s pretty much the same characters. There are new characters and a lot of new settings and creatures, so I’m taking characters you know and putting them in unfamiliar places and moving them on this greater journey. But it’s not a whole bunch of new characters every time. There’s not a new villain every time, which is interesting. Same guy. Same motherfucker through all four movies. He is so good and he just gets better. I know Stephen Lang is gonna knock this out of the park.”
Quaritch was the head of security for the humans living on Pandora. He led the attack on the Na’vi and came close to killing Sam Worthington’s Jake only to be murdered by Neytiri.
Lang had previously announced he was returning alongside Sigourney Weaver and Matt Gerald who both perished in the first movie. Most people assumed it would come via series of flashbacks.
However, there is now talk of them being resurrected using some kind of special device or, alternatively, a cloning machine.
Quite how the hell this will all work without coming off leaden and merely a convenient plot device is unclear but there is still plenty of time for Cameron to work it out – the first of the four sequels arrived in December 2020.
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