Avatar 2 is scheduled to hit theaters December 18, 2020. With the release date over a year away, producer Jon Landau recently revealed an important tidbit of information about the sequel: the movie will be a standalone film.
"Each movie is a standalone movie that we would wanna go see. You don’t need to have seen the first Avatar to see Avatar 2," said producer Jon Landau at a Q&A for a screening of Alita: Battle Angel. "What we have the luxury of on Avatar is the world of Pandora. We get to keep it there, but everything can be new, we’re not treading new ground.”
While there could be as many as four sequels to the 2009 blockbuster shooting simultaneously, director James Cameron seems to bucking the connected cinematic universe trend that Marvel Studios kicked off and still continues with films like Avengers: Infinity War, blockbuster hits that require knowledge of previous films to fully understand what's happening on-screen..
With Pandora being the centerpiece, this would allow Cameron to tell anthology-style of stories that are loosely connected, not feeling handcuffed by continuity. This might also allow audiences the freedom to skip over movies, in turn not feeling handcuffed by the need to either see every single film or nothing at all. The film market is very different since Avatar premiered December 2009, and Cameron might be trying to address that change in his approach.
The rumored subtitle for Avatar 2 is The Way of Water. The Seed Bearer, The Tulkin Rider and The Quest for Eywa are the supposed subtitles for the subsequent sequels. Avatar 3 is scheduled to premiere in 2021, with the remaining films scheduled for release in 2024 and 2025.
On a budget of $237 million, Avatar went on to become the highest grossing movie of all time, earning globally $2.7 billion at the box office. Potentially, any one of Cameron's scheduled four sequels could be added to the list of cinema's highest-grossing films. Cameron also holds the spot for having directed the second highest grossing film of all time: the 1997 film Titanic, which earned worldwide $2.1 billion.
Arriving Dec. 18, 2020, Avatar 2 will see the return of stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi and Joel David Moore, and introduce Edie Falco, Kate Winslet, Oona Chaplin and David Thewlis to the franchise. Avatar 3 will follow on Dec. 17, 2021. Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 are expected in 2024 and 2025 if the first two sequels are a financial success.