‘Avatar 3’ Will Introduce A New Fire-Based Na’vi Clan That Might Not Be So Nice

With nearly $1.5B in the bank and box office records shattering at a staggering clip, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water is just the first of many sequels to come. And just as this film introduced the Na’vi of the reefs, Avatar 3 will have another group of Pandora natives representing a different natural aspect.

Speaking with French outlet 20 Minutes, Cameron revealed that Avatar 3 will introduce a new clan, the “Ash People”, who represent fire and who are a little more surly than the Na’vi we’ve encountered previously…

““The fire will be represented by the ‘Ash People.’ I want to show the Na’vi from another angle because, so far, I have only shown their good sides,” Cameron said.  “In the early films, there are very negative human examples and very positive Na’vi examples. In “Avatar 3,” we will do the opposite. We will also explore new worlds, while 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.”

Admittedly, this is all starting to sound a lot like The Last Airbender, but Cameron probably has heard that criticism and knows to steer clear of easy comparisons.  And to be fair, it’s necessary to show the Na’vi from different perspectives if only to blur the line between good and evil enough to sustain five or six movies.

Avatar 3 hits theaters on December 20th 2024 [via Indiewire]

Travis Hopson
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