By this point, “Avatar” fans have gotten pretty good at delaying gratification. ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ was originally slated for a 2014 release, but the sequel was delayed multiple times due to James Cameron’s desire to ‘future-proof’ the franchise by inventing new technologies before they were needed. The film ended up hitting theaters in 2022, and its massive critical and box office success proved that audiences were still hungry for Pandora stories 13 years later.
“Avatar 3” will be a much quicker turnaround because the second and third films were shot at the same time. But while the upcoming sequel was originally slated for a December 2024 release, Disney recently pushed it back to 2025 when it reshuffled its release calendar this week. The move ended up delaying the entire ‘Avatar’ franchise, so the fifth and final film will now be released in 2031.
As painful as the delay may be for “Avatar” fans, it’s also not convenient for the cast. In a Instagram Story Announcing the news, Zoe Saldaña joked that her involvement in the franchise will now span over 25 years of her life.
“Great! I’ll be 53 when the last ‘Avatar’ comes out,” wrote Saldaña. “I was 27 when I shot the very first ‘Avatar’.”
Throughout the process, Cameron and his team have continued to assure fans that the delays will be worth the wait. “Avatar 3” is expected to continue expanding the world of Pandora, introducing audiences to a new tribe of evil Na’vi who live among fire.
“The fire will be represented by the ‘People of Ashes’. I want to show the Na’vi from another angle because, so far, I have only shown their positive sides,” Cameron said in an interview in 2022. “In early films, there are very negative human examples and very negative Na’vi examples. positive. In “Avatar 3″ we will do the opposite. We will also explore new worlds, continuing the story of the main characters. I can say that the last parts will be the best. The others were an introduction, a way to set the table before serving the meal”.