On December 16, more than 10 years after the first movie came out, Avatar: The Way of Water will hit theaters. The highly-anticipated sequel will see the return of Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, Zoe Saldaña as Ney’tiri, Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch, and Sigourney Weaver as Kiri (a new role for her character). Like the original, Avatar: The Way of Water was directed by James Cameron, who also directed Avatar 3, but may step away from the 4th and 5th films.
With the Avatar sequel set to hit theaters in just a couple of months, Cameron has been making the rounds and doing press for the film. During a recent interview, he spoke about the maturity of the new film, since it takes place so long after the original. Then, he seemed to take a shot at one of the most popular film franchises in history — the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During the interview, Cameron said:
“When I look at these big, spectacular films — I’m looking at you, Marvel and DC — it doesn’t matter how old the characters are, they all act like they’re in college. They have relationships, but they really don’t. They never hang up their spurs because of their kids. The things that really ground us and give us power, love, and a purpose? Those characters don’t experience it, and I think that’s not the way to make movies.”
He also spoke about Jake and Ney’tiri’s growth in the new movie:
“Zoe and Sam now play parents, 15 years later. In the first movie, Sam’s character leaps off his flying creature and essentially changes the course of history as a result of this crazy, almost suicidal leap of faith. And Zoe’s character leaps off a limb and assumes there’s going to be some nice big leaves down there that can cushion her fall. But when you’re a parent, you don’t think that way. So for me, as a parent of five kids, I’m saying, ‘What happens when those characters mature and realize that they have a responsibility outside their own survival?’”
Avatar: The Way of Water will be released on December 16, 2022. Avatar 3 is scheduled for theatrical release on December 20, 2024, with Avatar 4 coming out on December 18, 2026, and Avatar 5 scheduled for December 22, 2028.