Billion-dollar franchises are no stranger when it comes to finding a loophole in the universe continuum. For one, Avatar: The Way of Water managed to bring back Colonel Miles Quaritch in spite of the viewers witnessing his raw death scene in the first Avatar film. It looks like Avatar 3 plans are no different from Avatar 2, either.
Recently speaking with Empire, producer Jon Landau confirms that Brendan Cowell’s Mick Scoresby is set to return in Avatar 3, seeing as his story is “far from over”, especially given the fact that the third Avatar film will be exploring the relationship between Scoresby and Lo’ak: “We view Payakan as a character,” Landau said, “Not just as a creature. We will continue to explore his relationship with Lo’ak.”
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Alongside Scoresby’s unfortunate return, Landau also teases that Edie Falco’s General Ardmore of the RDA will be coming back, too: “[Avatar] Way of Water was Quaritch’s vendetta, but Ardmore’s or the RDA’s, goals have not changed.”
Given the return of the villains in Avatar: The Way of Water, this only spells trouble for the subsequent films. James Cameron previously teased how each coming film, Avatar 3, Avatar 4, and Avatar 5, will be handled by different narrators. Seeing how Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) has always been the voiceover in the first two films, Cameron revealed that Lo’ak is up next to take the throne.
This would perfectly set up Avatar 3 plans: a presumed battle between Lo’ak and Scoresby. See, in Avatar 2, we might have seen the supposed cathartic “death” of Scoresby after being hurled into the sea. However, there may be more to it than we think. It is possible for Cameron to repeat what they had done with Quaritch: transferring his consciousness into a sentient Na’vi body.
Avatar: The Way of Water is still showing in cinemas worldwide, with Avatar 3 currently slated for a theatrical release on December 20, 2024.