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At the end of James Cameron‘s sci-fi blockbuster Avatar, which was released all the way back in 2009, villain Colonel Miles Quaritch was apparently killed during the assault on the Tree of Souls. That’s why we were surprised when James Cameron announced that Stephen Lang would be returning in the same role for the forthcoming Avatar sequels. Weirdly enough, there were only three sequels planned when Stephen Lang’s return, but the actor has confirmed that he’s on board for all four, and that means there’s a lot more to learn about the character that seemed rather one-dimensional in the first movie.
Stephen Lang recently spoke to The National via CinemaBlend about the return of Colonel Miles Quaritch. Obviously the actor couldn’t reveal any significant details about the story or how his character is involved with it, but he spoke in general about how the character is being approached as the Avatar sequels villain. Lang said:
“I’m working now with a much broader canvas than I was with the first Avatar, and it keeps me in concert with James Cameron to really go to town and examine the character in detail. That, to me, is totally tremendously satisfying and challenging.”
That makes is sound like Quaritch may not be simply classified as a villain throughout the Avatar sequels. That would line up with what Lang vaguely told /Film back at the end of 2018 when he said this:
“Quaritch, his place in this particular universe has gotten more complicated. And that’s kind of the extent of his involvement in the world. The world begins to – the world of Pandora – begins to affect him quite deeply in ways that he either refused or it did not affect him. And it gets under his skin.”
We still have almost zero idea what to expect from the Avatar sequels, but they’re still coming. Avatar 2 is slated to arrive in theaters on December 17, 2021, and Avatar 3 will follow on December 22, 2023. If those two movies are successful at the box office, then James Cameron will continue with Avatar 4 on December 19, 2025, and Avatar 5 will finish the franchise on December 17, 2027.
Last year, Avengers: Endgame managed to do the seemingly impossible by breaking Avatar's record, becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time at the box office. The question now becomes, can James Cameron's long-awaited Avatar 2 bring the record back to Pandora? The jury is still out on that one, but one of the movie's stars, Stephen Lang, seems to think so.
Stephen Lang appeared in James Cameron's 2009 sci-fi blockbuster as Colonel Quaritch. While many questions remain, Lang will be returning, despite his character seemingly meeting his demise. During a recent interview, the actor was discussing the upcoming sequel, which has been in the works for years now. At one point, he was specifically asked whether or not he thinks Avatar 2 can overtake Avengers: Endgame at the box office. Lang had a simple three-word answer to that.'I expect so.'
2009 was a wildly different time for the movie business. Released in December, Avatar earned $77 million on its opening box office weekend. Yet, it just kept bringing in the money week after week with very little drop-off, all the way through summer 2010. That, coupled with unprecedented success overseas, led to the movie earning $2.79 billion at the global box office. The record stood for nearly a decade, as many other franchise flicks such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens came along and couldn't touch that figure. When The Force Awkens, arguably the most anticipated movie of the decade, topped out at just over $2 billion, it seemed like James Cameron's record might be safe forever.
Then Avengers: Endgame happened. Last year's Marvel epic served as the culmination of more than a decade of interconnected cinematic storytelling. It was an unprecedented global pop culture moment, that benefited greatly from that all-timer of a cliffhanger in Infinity War, which also grossed over $2 billion. After months in theaters and an impressive global run, director Joe and Anthony Russo's MCU entry grossed $2.8 billion. That put it, by a nose as far as these things are concerned above Avatar.
Sequels, quite often, can gross more than their predecessors. By that logic, Avatar 2 stands a chance to taking the record. However, it's been more than a decade and it's much more difficult for a movie to have the legs that the original had. The sequel, which will be released by Disney on December 17, 2021, stands to be a big hit. But a hit that brings in nearly $3 billion? That's a tall order. And there are so many unknown factors at play. Will people still care by the time the sequel arrives? Will it be received well by critics?
The more likely scenario here is that an eventual Avatar re-release, to hype up Avatar 2, will bring in enough money to see it once again claim the top spot at the box office. With that, Avengers: Endgame's record could be relatively short-lived. Either way, Disney stands to make a ton of money, as three further Avatar sequels are planned with release...
Disney+ has introduced the classic X-Men cartoon series avatars. The iconic TV series came out in the early 1990s and is what a lot of fans still think of when they think of the comic book characters. The series can be seen on the streaming service, but these new avatars have some believing that a new animated series could be on the way. While that has not been officially confirmed, we do know that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige will be bringing the characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point.
X-Men characters Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, Professor X, and Magneto can all be chosen as an avatar on Disney+. They all look like they did in the original animated series with a modern update, though Storm has a mohawk and Gambit does not have a cowl. Other than that, these are a nice addition to the avatars that Disney already had in place, which includes their original characters, Pixar characters, Star Wars, and more.
With the sudden addition of the classic X-Men characters, many fans are wondering why Disney+ chose to do it now. While it might not really mean much in terms of the future, it could prove that a lot of people are streaming the 90s series on the platform. While many were excited about what the Disney/Fox deal would do for the MCU and the big screen side of things, others were happy at the chance to see the original cartoon series again. The new avatars are not in the Marvel section of Disney+. Instead, they're in their own X-Men category.
Marvel fans have been waiting a long time to see the Fox properties all under the same MCU umbrella. Now that it's a reality, it's really only a matter of time before the X-Men and others end up being incorporated on the big screen. However, people are going to have to wait a decent amount of time before the characters get their MCU makeover. The MCU's Phase 4 will start when Black Widow is released, which should be at some point this year. The movie was originally supposed to hit theaters on May 1st, but has since been delayed indefinitely.
Disney+ and other streaming services are seeing an uptick in viewership due to everybody staying indoors. With the addition of the X-Men avatars, maybe Disney will introduce the Fox movies to the North American service. That would also be a pretty big deal for fans who have been waiting for that since November 2019 when the streaming platform launched. Regardless, Marvel fans can head over to their Disney+ profiles and give them an animated Marvel makeover right now. If you need to sign up, go visit the official Disney+ app site to sign up and enjoy a 7-day free trial to get a feel for things.
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