Avatar, Colonel Quaritch

They say death can’t keep a good soldier down, and that may be the case with Avatar baddie Colonel Quaritch. As played by Stephen Lang, the character took two to the chest and was left for dead, but it seems James Cameron has other ideas, and will be bringing back Lang, possibly for Avatars 2, 3 and 4.

That’s the word coming from Deadline, straight from Cameron’s mouth:

“Steven was so memorable in the first film, we’re privileged to have him back. I’m not going to say exactly HOW we’re bringing him back, but it’s a science fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who’s also become a good friend.”

As it is science fiction, there are a couple obvious ways to go besides twin brother. There’s cloning, there’s some sort of memory retrieval that’s implanted in a exoskeleton, then there’s also good old deus ex machina. But it’s hard not to make the comparison to Darth Vader considering Cameron mentioned the character’s evolution.  Vader was a great costume/henchman in the first Star Wars that caught the public’s imagination, only for the character to play a much larger role in the sequels. Whether death or cloning or whatever leads to him leaving the dark side behind, becoming even more evil, or perhaps becoming a woman is unknown. This may also be bad news for Arnold Schwarzenegger as not only is he coming off the bomb Escape Plan, but he was rumored to be a possible bad guy in one of these sequels. This doesn’t preclude him joining the film, though.

These sequels are going to be very expensive and are plotted to be shot back-to-back-to-back, which makes us wonder how they’ll be received when the first one hits theaters in December 2016. That’s a full seven years after the original, and though they’ll definitely be some curiosity, it feels like Avatar has left pop consciousness with no real residual goodwill. Then again, it’s always a bad bet to underestimate James Cameron.

Are you happy to see Colonel Quaritch return?