Avatar 5: Release, News and Everything We Know (2024)

James Cameron's Avatar franchise has the greatest box office success rate in the history of cinema.

Released in 2009 and 2022 respectively, Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water totaled $5.2 billion at the worldwide box office.

A third film is already in pre-production development and set to hit theaters on December 19, 2025, about three years after The Way of Water.

However, the story doesn't end there with Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 already being planned by 20th Century Studios and Disney.

Avatar 5 Release: When Will It Come Out?

Avatar 5: Release, News and Everything We Know (1)

Initially, Avatar 5 was set to release in 2028, but plans quickly changed. Prior to the delay, Disney was planning on releasing each Avatar sequel two years apart starting in December 2022 with The Way of Water.

However, this altered when Avatar 3 through 5 were all pushed back. The updated release date for Avatar 5 is December 19, 2031. To no one's surprise, this is the farthest out Disney release date on its theatrical slate.

Zoe Saldana shared some funny comments following the Avatar release shift. As reported by Variety, the actress who plays Neytiri joked at the announcement:

“Great! I’m gonna be 53 when the last ‘Avatar’ comes out. I was 27 when I shot the very first ‘Avatar.'”

In a surprising update to the fifth film, it was shared that in 2013, production designer Ben Procter and lead character designer Joe Pepe started work on a design for an Avatar that was unknowingly prepped for Avatar 5:

"The Legacy Effects came in to help with creature and character designs, and we were really exploring the full depth. Literally, I was looking at the date on something recently, and it was an Avatar, what I now know is an 'Avatar 5' design, but it was literally the first thing that I did when I landed in 2013... Because nobody knew."

Beyond some of the big-budget, CGI similarities, James Cameron also recently pointed out some key differences between his Avatar sequels and comic book movies.

Cameron said the Avatar franchise is "not like a superhero story" in that there won't be a "new villain with every film," instead it will be the "same adversary (Quaritch) through the whole" saga:

“It’s not like a superhero story where there’s a new villain with every film. Same guy, right? Same adversary through the whole thing. But how he evolves is also very interesting once we bring in additional adversaries as we go along. Additional adversaries and additional allies.”

Will Avatar 5 Be the Last Avatar?

Avatar 5: Release, News and Everything We Know (2)

James Cameron may continue making Avatar films for the rest of his life if he could.

While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the director admitted he'd be approaching 90 years old by the time an Avatar 6 or 7 could be released. Cameron added that he's not sure if he'll have the "energy required:"

“I’d be 89 by then. Obviously, I’m not going to be able to make Avatar movies indefinitely, the amount of energy required.

An alternative option, according to Cameron, would be having to "train somebody" to direct future Avatar films. He added that he doesn't "care how smart you are as a director, you don’t know how to do this:"

"I would have to train somebody how to do this because, I don’t care how smart you are as a director, you don’t know how to do this.”

Without Cameron, it's hard to imagine an Avatar film being made. Between the third, fourth, and fifth installments, Avatar 5 is most likely to be the last of the franchise.

What Is Avatar 5 Going To Be About?

Avatar 5: Release, News and Everything We Know (3)

The greatest revelation made about the plot of Avatar 5 is that some of the film will take place back on Earth.

Gizmodo previously spoke with producer Jon Landau about the rumored plot for Avatar 5. He not only confirmed part of the movie taking place on Earth but also teased how it will "open Neytiri’s eyes, to what exists on Earth:"

“Well, it’s funny. I wasn’t going to talk about it, but I’ve now subsequently heard that Jim has talked about it a little bit. In movie five there is a section of the story where we go to Earth. And we go to it to open people’s eyes, open Neytiri’s eyes, to what exists on Earth.”

While this is seemingly a spoiler that Zoe Saldana's character will survive all the way until this, this shouldn't come as a huge shock for fans.

Landau added that currently Earth and those who live there have been represented as evil, due to the villainous Resources Development Administration (RDA).

What will soon be explored is the idea that "not all humans are bad. Not all Na’vi are good:"

“Earth is not just represented by the RDA [Resources Development Administration]. Just like you’re defined by the choices you make in life, not all humans are bad. Not all Na’vi are good. And that’s the case here on Earth. And we want to expose Neytiri to that.”

The producer further explained some of the struggles of continuing this franchise and being able to get audiences to go, "Wow. Where else could they go?"

“I think right now we want each movie to do exactly what the first movie did. We want [audiences] to go, ‘Wow. Where else could they go? They just showed us everything on Pandora.’ Then you go, ‘Holy cow. They’re going to the oceans. Wow. The oceans are amazing.’ Okay, that’s over. Where can it go?

Cameron told Time Magazine that Avatar 5 will not focus on Earth, which is depleted by climate change. The outlet added that Cameron wants to "focus on how to save a planet, not destroy one."

In addition, there's set to be a "big time jump" during Avatar 4 (according to Cameron via IGN), and Avatar 5 will take place after the jump.

Avatar 5 is slated for release on December 19, 2031.

Avatar 5: Release, News and Everything We Know (2024)


Avatar 5: Release, News and Everything We Know? ›

Prior to the delay, Disney was planning on releasing each Avatar sequel two years apart starting in December 2022 with The Way of Water

The Way of Water
Avatar: The Way of Water is a 2022 American epic science fiction film directed and co-produced by James Cameron, who co-wrote the screenplay with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver from a story the trio wrote with Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Avatar:_The_Way_of_Water
. However, this altered when Avatar 3 through 5 were all pushed back. The updated release date for Avatar 5 is December 19, 2031.

Is Avatar 3, 4 and 5 confirmed? ›

The franchise's third installment is expected to hit theaters in 2025, with Avatar 4 following in 2029 and Avatar 5 in 2031, and that may not be the end of the story. While talking to PEOPLE in February 2024, Cameron said that he already has ideas for even more films in the franchise.

What is the name of the Avatar 6? ›

April 27, 2022: Praise Eywa! Fans finally get to watch the very first teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel, which now has a name. It will be called Avatar: The Way of Water. Producer Jon Landau says that the trailer will premiere in theaters on Friday, May 6, ahead of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

What day is Avatar 5 coming out? ›

A fifth and final film has been announced and is scheduled for December 19, 2031.

What is Avatar 3 called? ›

What is Avatar 3 going to be called? According to Giant Freakin' Robot, the title for the third Avatar film will be Avatar: The Seed Bearer. These reports have not been confirmed and its possible that the film's title could still go through changes before being officially announced.

Will there be an Avatar 6 and 7? ›

Avatar 3 may have not hit theaters yet, but James Cameron has already got plans for the sixth and seventh films in the franchise.

Are they making a Avatar 6? ›

"Mortality catches up."

James Cameron may have taken 13 years to release a second Avatar film but the director already has the sixth and seventh entries planned.

How old is Neteyam? ›

A deleted scene from the end of Avatar (2009) revealed that Neytiri was pregnant, so Neteyam was born shortly after the events of the original movie. In accordance with the sequel's timeline, Jake and Neytiri's son Neteyam is nearly 15 years old in Avatar: The Way of Water.

How old is Neytiri in Avatar? ›

In Cameron's script she's introduced with the descriptor "in human age she would be 18," but that raises as many questions as it answers. As with the math that leads to Jake being 28, Neytiri's birth in the Earth calendar year 2136 and the film's setting in 2154 add up to make her 18, but that's by Earth standards.

Will Neytiri be in Avatar 5? ›

During a recent interview with io9, producer Jon Landau confirmed that the already-planned-but-not-guaranteed fifth entry would feature "a section of the story where we go to Earth" along with Zoe Saldaña's Na'vi character Neytiri.

Who is Kiri's biological father? ›

Norm Spellman (Joel David Moore). Norm was one of the first characters we met in the original film. He quickly introduces himself to the audience as a starry-eyed scientist whose eager to learn more about Pandora under the tutelage of Dr. Grace Augustine, who is the undisputed human expert on all things Pandora.

Will Avatar 5 go to Earth? ›

Producer Jon Landau confirmed this development, revealing that the film will serve to "open Neytiri's eyes to what exists on Earth." This plot twist aligns with a broader narrative exploration of Earth and its inhabitants beyond the villainous Resources Development Administration (RDA).

Is Avatar coming out in 2025? ›

Worthington will again reprise the role in Avatar 3, which Disney has slated for release on December 19, 2025.

Will Neteyam come back to life? ›

The short and easy answer is, No. But, it's important to note that the Avatar franchise has brought dead characters back in the past. The Way of Water brought Quaritch back as a recombinant.

Is Zoe Saldana the richest actress? ›

The highest-grossing actress of all time (as of 2024) is Scarlett Johansson, whose movies have earned $14.29 billion. Zoe Saldaña is the second highest-grossing actress, whose movies have earned $11.22 billion (prior to the release of Avatar: The Way of Water).

Will Avatar 3 have fire? ›

Avatar 3 will unveil a new clan, the Fire Na'vi, and they're exactly what the franchise needs. In Avatar 3, his third film set on the alien world of Pandora, director James Cameron will reveal the Fire Na'vi, and they are exactly what the franchise needs.

Will Avatar 4 and 5 be made? ›

In January 2023, Cameron confirmed that, with Avatar: The Way of Water being profitable, Avatar 4 and 5 will get made. Landau reported that the action of Avatar 4 will move from Pandora to Earth. Landau said that "There's over-population and a depletion of our natural resources that make life harder.

Are 5 Avatar movies confirmed? ›

'Avatar 3' will now be released on December 19, 2025, instead of a December 2024 drop, while 'Avatar 4' has been delayed until December 21, 2029, and 'Avatar 5' is now expected eight-and-a-half years from now, on December 19, 2031, 22 years after the first 'Avatar' movie was released in 2009.

Has Avatar 3 been confirmed? ›

It was previously announced that Avatar 3 would be arriving in December 2024, but James Cameron's latest update has confirmed that the movie is actually slated for Christmas 2025.

Have they shot Avatar 3 and 4? ›

Cameron shot “Avatar 3” and chunks of “Avatar 4” concurrently with “The Way of Water” to ensure age continuity among his characters.

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Barbera Armstrong

Last Updated:

Views: 5779

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (59 voted)

Reviews: 82% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Barbera Armstrong

Birthday: 1992-09-12

Address: Suite 993 99852 Daugherty Causeway, Ritchiehaven, VT 49630

Phone: +5026838435397

Job: National Engineer

Hobby: Listening to music, Board games, Photography, Ice skating, LARPing, Kite flying, Rugby

Introduction: My name is Barbera Armstrong, I am a lovely, delightful, cooperative, funny, enchanting, vivacious, tender person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.