Should We Return to Pandora?
It was early 2017. It was late and I was hungry. My husband and I had just come from the movie theater and had a real hankering for some Qdoba. While we were placing our order, the quesadilla-flipping maestro noticed my husband was wearing a Dragon Ball Z hat. His “nerd alert!” alarm immediately went off.
“Dude,” the Qdoba employee put down his spatula and eyed us seriously. “What do you think is going to be the biggest hit next year, Infinity War or Avatar?”
“Infinity War, no question,” another Qdoba employee chimed in. “Who cares about Avatar anymore? It’s been forever since the last one.”
Indeed, the first Avatar movie came out back in 2009 and it was a major blockbuster hit. In fact, it was and still is the highest grossing movie of all time. Fans began eagerly anticipating the sequel, but they found themselves waiting. And waiting. And waiting. Finally, James Cameron announced the sequel would be released in 2018, nearly a decade after the first movie.
To make matters worse, Cameron announced in March 2017 there would be yet another delay with the sequel. Now it would release in 2020. To cushion the blow, however, Cameron promised us not one sequel but four sequels. These movies will (hopefully) release back-to-back in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.
“What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases. So, we’re not making Avatar 2, we’re making Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5. It’s an epic undertaking. It’s not unlike building the Three Gorges dam,” Cameron said in defense of the delay.
Why Viewers Should Trust James Cameron
In a world where everything is so fast-paced and people thrive on instant gratification, this wait seems excruciating for fans. However, Cameron is an artist and he does not want to rush his process. If people are patient, the movies are sure to wow audiences again. Cameron has rarely failed us with his creations. We can see this from the success of the Terminator movies and of course, Titanic – the second highest grossing movie of all time.
Maybe part of Cameron’s success is the wait. He made fans wait seven years for the sequel to The Terminator movies as well. The Terminator franchise not only established the success of Cameron himself but also Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cameron’s M.O. seems to be leaving his audiences wanting more and making them beg for it.
Cameron is also an innovator, and for this reason, I would venture he deserves our respect and patience. Avatar did things that no other movie had done up until that point. According to Slash Film, the movie had five major technological innovations. These techniques allowed the producers to see the computer-generated characters in action in real time. By doing so, the characters truly came to life and were more realistic on the big screen than ever before. He’s had nearly a decade to work on the sequels, so who knows what he’ll come up with next?
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