Avatar: The Way of Water is currently raking in big numbers at the box office, but director James Cameron already has his sights set on the future. In a recent interview, Cameron confirmed that Avatar 3 will feature fire Na’vi. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as The Way of Water featured the aquatic Na’vi, but as fans pointed out, there’s more in common with Avatar: The Last Airbender than just the name.
Speaking to French media outlet 20 Minutes (spotted by Games Radar), Cameron confirmed that Avatar 3 will feature “Ash People” that will present a darker take on the Na’vi. So far, we’ve only ever seen the Na’vi in a positive light against the bad humans, but next time, it will be different. We’ll explore more antagonistic Na’vi in the form of this new fire nation.
Cameron explained the fire Na’vi in a little more detail:
“The fire will be represented by the Ash People. I want to reveal the Na’vi from another angle because, at the moment, I have only shown their good sides. In the early films, there are very negative human examples and very positive Na’vi examples. In Avatar 3, we’ll do the reverse. We will also explore new universes while continuing the story of the main characters.”
There are currently plans to produce five Avatar movies. In fact, Cameron has already shot some footage of both Avatar 3 and 4 to avoid the “Stranger Things effect” where child actors essentially age drastically between each new outing, creating a jarring experience for audiences. He also teased that he’s saving the best for last in the Avatar franchise as the last installments will be the best:
“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. But, obviously, everything will depend on how Avatar 2 will be received, if it will find its audience.”
Avatar: The Way of Water is now in cinemas.