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Jake (Sam Worthington) meets his avatar, a genetically engineered hybrid of human DNA mixed with DNA from the natives of Pandora in "Avatar."

SALT LAKE CITY — Disney has announced that the release of “Avatar 2” has been pushed back to 2021, which may seem like bad news.

But, as the Deseret News reported, there will be four “Avatar” sequels over the next few years.

Of course, “Avatar 2” has been delayed before.

*deep breath*

Originally, "Avatar 2" was supposed to be released in 2014, with “Avatar 3” planned for 2015, according to Yahoo Finance. But then in 2012, the movies got delayed. And then in 2015, they were pushed back to 2017. And then, again, they delayed the second "Avatar" to December 2018, with other sequels to follow in 2020, 2022 and 2023. Finally, the movies were pushed back to Dec. 18, 2020. Now, they’ve been pushed back again.

Director James Cameron told Vanity Fair in 2017 that he doesn’t see the delays as a problem.

“I wouldn't call them delays,” he told Vanity Fair. “It was highly optimistic that we could start quickly until scripts are written. If there's no scripts, there's nothing, right?

“The scripts took four years. You can call that a delay, but it's not really a delay because from the time we pushed the button to really go make the movies [until now,] we're clicking along perfectly.”

So “Avatar 2” has been on the mind of moviegoers, fans and critics for almost an entire decade now. After all, the original “Avatar” dropped in 2009.

I did a quick search around the internet to see what people thought the sequels would be about. So, here’s what I found.

A traditional sequel

A website called Corona Coming Attractions published a piece in 2010 that included seven different story ideas for the new “Avatar” films.

One of them includes the RDA — the military organization that explores Pandora in the first film — staying on the planet and trying to explore the planet’s moons.

Jellyfish attack?

Another idea included using jellyfish-like creatures called the Medusa — which were reportedly in the script treatment for “Avatar” but didn’t make it into the film — and having them attack the main people, according to CCA.

Dive into the surface

A third idea suggested the film taking viewers onto the surface of Pandora to explore the oceans, which seems to be something Cameron is into as well, CCA suggested.

SlashFilm reported in 2009 that producer Jon Landau said the sequel plans include exploring the interior of the planet Pandora, where the original film takes place.

“After all, here we are exploring the surface of the planet Pandora. The interior remains to be seen.”

Exploring the ecosystem

In addition to possibly visiting Pandora's moons, the sequels could also explore the planet's ecosystem.

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“So not only are the moons a possibility, but also a further exploration into Pandora’s ecosystem. This honestly seems like the most obvious approach for the sequels, and I’m sure Cameron is dying to show us his meticulously constructed underwater Pandora environment,” according to SlashFilm.


According to CinemaBlend, Cameron said that the “Avatar” sequel will focus on family.

“The storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children. It's more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans,” he said.