The plot in the sequels Avatar 2 really follows Jake and Neytiri and their kids. It’s more of a family series about the struggle with the human beings.
Yet, we still have no idea if this indicates that Jake and Neytiri will already have children when Avatar 2 begins, or if we’ll gradually see them build a family over the time of the film, but you can’t deny that it sounds quite appealing.
This will definitely come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but the main character of Avatar might be returning for the series’ sequels. Sam Worthington, who has spent decades since his phenomenal role in the original sci-fi blockbuster featuring in films like Clash of the Titans, Man on a Ledge and Sabotage, had signed a deal that would have witnessed him portraying human-turned-Na’vi Jake Sully for the predictable future. The actor from Australia was even the first to unveil the production start date in November 2013, claiming, “I’ll be grateful if it finishes. To be honest, I think Jim is building the ship to Pandora”. But, now that we’re aware that the Avatar sequels will each tell different stories that simply come together as a complete saga, it’s undecided if there will even be a role for Worthington in any of the planned movies. Of course, production didn’t start anywhere near November 2013, and in fact, has still not started to any significant degree, so casting on any of the sequels could change at any time.
If Jake Sully makes a return, you know that his alien lady love would as well return. Like Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana had confirmed that she would come back as Neytiri in Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5. The actress shared a bit about what she had seen from the production, and even claimed that she and James Cameron got extremely emotional talking about the story that was then supposed to play out over the next few years. However, with Saldana becoming a queen of the sci-fi in her own right since the break of Avatar, starring in not just the new Star Trek movies, but also Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, along with the fact that the Avatar sequels have yet to start production, it’s no longer sure that she’ll be involved in a huge way. As with most of what’s been going on with the Avatar series, we’ll have to wait and see.
Dr. Grace Augustine
Many of you will probably recall Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) dying in her Avatar form in the last film, but apparently, the initial plan for Avatar 2 was not going to hold her against showing up in the sequel. Less than three months after Avatar’s release in 2009, it was firmly confirmed that Dr. Augustine has a slot in Avatar 2. In October 2010, James Cameron explained the character’s survival by claiming “Nobody dies in a science fiction movie”, but the real reason will probably be unveiled in the sequel, if Weaver’s character will still be included.
What we actually do know is that whatever form Weaver takes in Avatar 2 will be developing over the time. A few years ago she said that her part is a bit different in each sequel and that she’ll “transform somewhat” during the break. However, it’s probably her character has been evolving even within the script writing process. Even more recently Weaver has said she’s not actually portraying the same character in the sequels as she did in the original one. So maybe Grace Augustine is indeed dead after all, even though Sigourney Weaver will return. At this point, nothing is sure.
Colonel Miles Quaritch
Remember that quote about nobody really dying in a sci-fi film? Well, that rule apparently applies to Stephen Lang’s Colonel Miles Quaritch, who we last saw having two arrows shot through the chest by Neytiri. While viewers may have believed that the villain had passed on, turns out that’s not the case. Described as the “Darth Vader” of the series, our last information on Quaritch said that he was going to continue to be a villain in all upcoming Avatar sequels. James Cameron said that he has a very fun and unique arc through the films, so he’s definitely a character to keep an eye on.
After Avatar 2, there will be at least three more sequels. All of them are expected to be shot at the same time as Avatar 2, releasing in 2020, 2022 and 2023 respectively. But, could there be even more? The man behind Avatar, James Horner, said a few years ago that Cameron actually already had four movie scripts in prepared at that point. At the time that was one more than the three films Cameron had claimed he was planning on making. Apparently, the plan was to reshape those four scripts into three films. But, that’s been attempted before. Peter Jackson was initially going to make only two Hobbit films but when he ended up with enough material for three, so this may be why the new plan involves a fourth sequel. In the world of the cinematic universe, the studios do not reject franchises that can continue on while with astonishing success. No film has ever gained more than Avatar so the possibility for four more films, or even more than that, is greater than you might think.
Now, with so many delays behind this series already, you might be wondering if the current sequel schedule is now definitely set. Well, not really. James Cameron’s high standards rule where this is concerned, and according to him, the essential thing is doing the movies right rather than simply doing them quickly. On asking if the December 2018 release date for Avatar 2 was still correct, Cameron recently claimed:
We haven’t changed that yet, but we will if needed. The important thing for me is not when the first one releases but the pace of the release pattern. I want them to be released as close together as possible. If it’s an annual appointment to appear at Christmas, I want to make sure that we’re able to achieve that promise.
So, it seems like, aside from high perfectionism, Cameron is also concerned with the release pattern of the sequels. He doesn’t want Avatar 2 to come out and then end up having an unwanted delay for Avatar 3 or one of the other movies stop the flow of Avatar goodness on the screen for the next few years. This probably means that all movies will have to be pretty near to completion before we’re able to see Avatar 2.