What we know about Avatar 3, 4, and 5 (2024)

Avatar: The Way of Water has finally arrived, a full 13 years after its predecessor. But with the movie poised to be a smash hit, and Avatar 3, 4, and 5 plans announced a decade ago, it’s hard not to immediately look ahead at what’s next for the world of Pandora and the larger Avatar universe.

Director James Cameron has been on an extensive press tour for Avatar 2 and a lot of the talk has involved the theoretical three Avatar sequels that are apparently on the way. Cameron hasn’t been shy about where those movies or at and basic details, which means we know more about what the next decade has in store for Avatar than we might with a typical franchise.

One thing that may surprise fans, based on how these massive franchises normally work, is how Cameron went about writing them. After the success of the original movie, when plans for so many sequels were first made, Cameron put together a writers’ room similar to the ones assembled for a season of television. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), and Shane Salerno (Hawaii Five-0) worked along with Cameron to develop the story for the franchise, then split up to each take a script for a film. This kind of proactive approach also shows up in how Cameron went about filming the movies; large parts of the next three movies have already been filmed with actors Sam Worthington, Stephen Lange, Zoe Saldaña, and the new child actors.

But with all those exciting behind-the-scenes details revealed, it still doesn’t give us the full picture of what we know about the next three Avatar movies. So here’s a breakdown on Avatar 3, 4, and 5, pieced together from Cameron’s comments and our conversations with the Avatar: The Way of Water crew.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for Avatar: The Way of Water, and also potentially for future Avatar movies.]

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When will Avatar 3 be released?

Avatar 3 is now set for release on Dec. 29, 2025. Originally the setup of releasing one Avatar movie every two years was designed to give the franchise room to breathe (though not 13 years this time around) while leaving Disney space to release new Star Wars movies. Since those plans were made, however, Star Wars’ theatrical future has become a little murkier, but Disney still shouldn’t have too much trouble finding something to replace Rogue Squadron if it’s not ready in time.

What is the title of the next Avatar movie?

The supposed titles of the Avatar sequels were leaked by the BBC in 2018, based on “documentation,” and while Cameron didn’t confirm any of the titles, he did say that they were among those being considered, including The Way of Water for the second movie. With that in mind, the leaked title for Avatar 3 is The Seed Bearer. This doesn’t necessarily mean this is exactly what this movie will be called, but considering that Cameron and his co-writers have already worked ahead on a few movies now, he likely has a great idea of what he’d like it titled.

What’s it about?

So far, the only things Cameron has alluded to on the record is that Avatar 3 will be about the Sully family, with a focus on the kids. Perhaps the easiest guess is that this movie will continue Jake’s campaign against Quartich and the skypeople, and follow Kiri more closely after her superpowered third-act in The Way of Water.

Cameron’s collaborators have told Polygon to expect even more underwater action. According to costume designer Deborah L. Scott, behind-the-scenes images of Kate Winslet underwater waving around a big white cape are actually from Avatar 3, while director of photography Russell Carpenter’s tells us that “there was more underwater work done for the other movie.” So if you thought Avatar: The Way of Water was wet, wait until Avatar 3.

In further, somewhat confusing, developments on the movie’s plot, James Cameron told French publication 20 Minutes, that the third movie will include evil fire Na’vi. Cameron says that this is because he wants to “show the Na’vi from another angle,” which presumably means make some of them bad guys. Since then, producer Jon Landau has also announced that Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) has been cast as Varang, the leader of these aggressive fire Na’vi who will be known as the Ash People.

How far along is Avatar 3?

Avatar 3 has been entirely shot, at least according to Cameron, producer Jon Landau, and Carpenter. This movie was shot back-to-back with the second installment.

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OK, so when will Avatar 4 be released?

The last time Disney updated its release calendar, Avatar 4 was set for Dec. 21, 2029, delaying the fourth movie by three years.

Does Avatar 4 have a name?

The leaked title for Avatar 4 is Avatar: The Tulkun Rider — though again this has not been confirmed as the title. Given that we already see someone ride (sort of) a tulkun in The Way of Water, it’s a little unclear what this title might be referring to, so we’ll probably have to wait for more details on that front. But we’re imagining Dune in the Avatar-verse.

How far along is it?

This is a little less clear than with the third movie, but we do know that it’s written, according to Cameron, and that the cast and crew have shot part of the movie, but definitely not the whole thing. Landau told Polygon there were logistical reasons for the partial shoot. An obvious guess: It’s possible that the young actors involved with The Way of Water needed to shoot a portion of Avatar 4 before, you know, growing up. More specifically, according to Cameron, on page 35 of the script for Avatar 4, the story will skip forward, letting the kids age up.

As far as where the story goes, Cameron has said the script for Avatar 4 was the first to provoke the studio’s response. He didn’t get notes, exactly...

“When I turned in the script for 4,” he told Collider, “the studio executive, creative executive over the films, wrote me an email that said, ‘Holy f---.’ And I said, ‘Well, where are the notes?’ And she said, ‘Those are the notes.’ Because it kind of goes nuts in a good way.”

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When will Avatar 5 be released?

Avatar 5 will hit theaters on Dec. 19, 2031. But Landau tells Polygon that a fifth film isn’t necessarily a done deal — the fate of that proposed sequel may depend on how The Way of Water does at the box office. But considering just how massively successful that movie has been, it seems pretty likely now.

Does Avatar 5 have a name?

Avatar: The Quest for Eywa is the rumored title for this one, but as with the others, we don’t have a lot of solid confirmation.

What’s it about?

Weirdly, we know a lot more about this one than we do about Avatar 4. According to Cameron’s most recent comments, he thinks Avatar 5 will bring the action to Earth. In the director’s words, Neytiri will see that not all humans are bad, but the audience will also see that not all Na’vi are good — which softly implies an Avatar alien-invasion movie. It sounds amazing.

Producer Jon Landau added a couple more details to this in tease in an interview with Variety, explaining that the movie would be set on an Earth that’s already dealing with overpopulation and a depletion of natural resources.

How far along is Avatar 5?

Based on what we know, this sequel is the least far along, and may not even be completely written yet. With that in mind, little to none of it seems to have been filmed, based on Cameron’s vague comments.

What we know about Avatar 3, 4, and 5 (2024)


What we know about Avatar 3, 4, and 5? ›

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.

Are Avatar 3, 4 and 5 confirmed? ›

On Tuesday, the Walt Disney Co. announced it has pushed the release of Avatar 3 back a year, bumping it from December 2024 to December 2025. The timeline is stretched even further for the next planned instalments. Avatar 4 is now slated to hit theatres in December 2029; Avatar 5 is set to arrive in December 2031.

What do we know about Avatar 3? ›

Avatar 3 Is Arriving In Late 2025

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.

What is Avatar 5 going to be about? ›

Avatar 5 (2031)

A fifth and final film has been announced and is scheduled for December 19, 2031. Jon Landau has stated that part of Avatar 5 will take place on Earth, with Neytiri visiting the planet. Cameron stated that Avatar: The Quest for Eywa is being considered as a possible title for the film.

Is Neteyam alive in Avatar 3? ›

But, the question still remains: Will Neteyam return to Avatar 3? 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.

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.

Is Avatar 3 done filming? ›

Is Avatar 3 done filming? James Cameron filmed scenes for the third Avatar movie during the filming of Avatar: The Way of Water. According to producer Jon Landau, filming for the movie was about 95% complete in December 2022. In November 2023, Cameron confirmed that they were in post-production.

How old is Neteyam? ›

Neteyam te Suli Tsyeyk'itan, or Neteyam, is a major character in the Avatar franchise, serving as one of the main characters in Avatar: The Way of Water. He is the 15-year-old eldest son of Jake Sully and Neytiri, who is also the older brother of Lo'ak, Tuktirey, and Kiri.

Who is pregnant in Avatar 3? ›

Kate Winslet as Ronal, a free diver of the Metkayina and Tonowari's wife, who is pregnant. Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the reef people clan of Metkayina. Joel David Moore as Dr. Norm Spellman, a former part of the Avatar Program who chose to side with the Na'vi in the first film.

Who will be the villain in Avatar 3? ›

Avatar 3 introduces new villains, the Ash People, for a fresh finale twist in the franchise's third installment in 2025. The possible Na'vi vs. Na'vi conflict in Avatar 3 could provide a new angle, with the Ash People complicating matters even further.

Is Avatar 6 confirmed? ›

Avatar 3 is scheduled for 2025, Avatar 4 for 2029, and Avatar 5 for 2031, meaning Avatar 6 and 7 wouldn't release until the mid-2030s at best. "We're fully written through movie five, and I've got ideas for six and seven, although I'll probably be handing the baton on at that point," Cameron said.

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.

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).

Why was Neteyam killed? ›

Later on, even though Spider was still caught on the ship, Neteyam felt the risk was too great to bother saving him. It was only when Lo'ak insisted that Neteyam agreed to the rescue. Neteyam risked his life and perished in order to save Lo'ak and Spider from Quaritch. As Jake himself said: "A son for a son".

Why did Neteyam have four fingers? ›

The first reason why Neteyam has four fingers while his siblings all have five fingers might be simple genetics. Since an avatar is a hybrid of Na'vi and human DNA, it's easy to imagine the genes that control the number of digits in the body competing with each other.

How old was Neteyam when he died? ›

Neteyam (Jamie Flatters) is the only major character death in Avatar: The Way of Water. He is the eldest son of Jake Sully and Neytiri who is expected to protect and look after his younger siblings throughout the movie. Neteyam was only 15 years old when he died during the climax of Avatar 2.

Is Avatar 4 and 5 happening? ›

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.

Has Avatar 5 been confirmed? ›

On Tuesday, the Walt Disney Co. announced it has pushed the release of Avatar 3 back a year, bumping it from December 2024 to December 2025. The timeline is stretched even further for the next planned instalments. Avatar 4 is now slated to hit theatres in December 2029; Avatar 5 is set to arrive in December 2031.

Is Avatar 5 confirmed? ›

Disney originally intended to release each Avatar sequel two years apart, beginning in December 2022 with "The Way of Water." However, all three sequels, "Avatar 3" through "Avatar 5," faced delays. The latest release date for "Avatar 5" is now December 19, 2031, making it Disney's farthest-out theatrical release date.

Have they made Avatar 3 and 4? ›

The third movie was originally going to arrive in 2024, but Disney delayed the franchise and scheduled “Avatar 3” for a Dec. 19, 2025, opening. “Avatar 4” is on track for Dec. 21, 2029, followed by “Avatar 5” on Dec.

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