In just under three months, it's official -- Avengers: Endgame has replaced Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time.
Audiences had been debating for months whether Marvel Studios' explosive conclusion to "The Infinity Saga" would manage to surpass James Cameron's sci-fi epic's monumental financial achievement, and now we have an answer. But even having been dethroned and the audience-inflicted competition brought to a close, there are no hard feelings between the two franchises.
That much was made clear with a recent tweet from the official account of James Cameron's Avatar. The tweet congratulated Marvel and included a piece of stunning artwork featuring Iron Man in the midst of cascading woodsprites from Pandora. The bottom of the image reads "Oel ngati kameie," which, as the image translates, means "I see you" in Na'vi. A simple sentence, yes, but one that carries a lot of meaning for the natives of Pandora.
Cameron's film skyrocketed in popularity when it was released in 2009, opening to widespread acclaim with many praising its breathtaking visual effects and unique alien world. It grossed $2.788 billion at the box office, making it the highest grossing film in cinematic history, until Avengers: Endgame arrived. The final Avengers film of the MCU's Phase 3 has grossed $2.79 billion after two months and a cinematic re-release.
The Russo Brothers returned Cameron's gesture in kind, thanking the acclaimed director for his congratulations and offering a heartfelt compliment of their own:
To @JimCameron- you're a monumental reason why we fell in love with film in the first place. Thank you for always inspiring us and opening the world’s eyes to what’s possible. We can’t wait to see where you take us next... pic.twitter.com/nrOqKVjGFa— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) July 22, 2019
Director James Cameron has been actively developing the Avatar film series, and is currently filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 simultaneously. Much of the original cast, including Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver, among others, are set to return. Avatar 2 is planned for release in 2021, while Avatar 3 is scheduled for 2023.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is set for release on Digital HD on July 30 and Blu-ray and 4K UHD on Aug. 13.