Stephen Lang is going to be in ‘Avatar 2’. And ‘3’. And ‘4’. And ‘5’.

Please tell me this is a joke.

Good God. This is not a joke. It’s real.

Speaking with Empire magazine, writer-director James Cameron made a shocking reveal about his Avatar sequels. Reportedly working on four additions to the franchise, Cameron said that each movie would not feature a different villain, but rather all of them will have the same antagonist: Colonel Quaritch.

You know, Stephen Lang.

THE GUY WHO DIED AT THE END OF THE FIRST MOVIE.

SOURCE: 20th Century Fox

Saying that the sequels will feature a lot of the same characters from the first installment, Cameron said the idea is to place them in different settings in pursuit of this grander journey.

“There’s not a new villain every time,” Cameron said. “Same guy. Same m———- through all four movies. He is so good and he just gets better. I know Stephen Lang is gonna knock this out of the park.”

I–

Wait–

What?

HOW DOES THIS EVEN WORK?!

We watched the guy get two poisonous arrows SHOT THROUGH HIS CHEST and collapse under a giant metal suit.

DOES HIS MIND BECOME AN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND HAUNT THE NA’VI IN THEIR SLEEP???

I’m sorry for being ecstatic, but I am just… so… confused. Cameron has brought characters back from death before in other movies, most notably from Terminator and its sequel. But there it makes sense because the T-800 is a freaking robot. What is Quaritch’s excuse? He’s secretly an undercover angel?

Ultimately, I’m going to try and give Cameron the benefit of the doubt on this one. He’s a well-versed filmmaker and storyteller, and he hasn’t significantly failed us before. But signing on a dead character as the lead villain for all of its sequels? That seems really forced. As a passionate fan for the original Avatar, I’ll admit this concerns me on which direction they’re deciding to take for the franchise’s future.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to Stephen Lang’s return to Avatar, or do you wish he stayed buried beneath Pandora? Comment below, let me know.

– David Dunn

SOURCE: Empire, Collider
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