The Original 'Avatar' Villain Will Be Resurrected for All Four Sequels

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 - 8:35PM
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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 - 8:35PM
The Original 'Avatar' Villain Will Be Resurrected for All Four Sequels
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At this specific moment in time, it's dangerously easy to simply hate on the upcoming four Avatar sequels simply because they exist. James Cameron's original 3D CGI-fest isn't exactly a beloved pop-culture darling in the first place, having been widely forgotten by the majority of viewers in the eight years since it hit theaters.

Cameron doesn't really help his case by trying to put a positive spin on the new announcement: that despite ending up very, very dead at the end of the original Avatar, Stephen Lang's Colonel Miles Quaritch, alongside his henchman Corporal Lyle Wainfleet, will be returning to play the villain in each of the planned Avatar sequels, starting with Avatar 2 in (possibly) a couple years.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Cameron broke the news about Lang's return without really explaining how that would work:

Opening quote
"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."
Closing quote

It already seemed a bit weird that Cameron intended to resurrect Sigourney Weaver's character for subsequent films, after her Obi-Wan style death at the end of the original movie's second act.

Now that he's bringing back Stephen Lang, it's hard to imagine that these sequels will be anything other than a glorified Saturday morning cartoon, with huge, bombastic threats from a cackling villain that amount to nothing, as the status quo is maintained throughout the series without any major character ever being removed from play - lest (Heaven forbid) Cameron can't make any money off the inevitable action figures that'll be rolled out of storage every time one of these movies hits theaters.

As easy as it is to hate on Cameron's plans here, it is important to remember that we haven't seen anything from the films yet, as they haven't started filming. It could be that the director has a big, bold vision for the future of the series that will justify his incredibly suspicious multi-film structure.

He might have found a way to bring back Stephen Lang's character in a meaningful way, even though the end of the first film suggested that the Weyland-Yutani stand-in company in this movie would have something bigger and better up their sleeve than simply sending the same villain against Pandora year after year in search of even more unobtanium.

James Cameron has directed some of the most highly regarded action movies, and biggest grossing films, in the history of the medium of cinema. He's capable of really, really good ideas. That said, the more details we learn about Avatar 2-5, though, the more hollow this all seems.

Whatever he has planned, Cameron had better hope he can deliver the goods - it's going to take some unbelievably incredible trailers to shake people out of their Avatar apathy in order to actually get them to visit movie theaters and strap on uncomfortable 3D glasses all over again for another trip to Pandora.

Avatar 2 is currently aiming for a 2019 or 2020 release date, although that's subject to change.

Via: /Film
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