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Empire: Meet Spider, Jake And Neytiri’s Adopted Human Son

Empire: Meet Spider, Jake And Neytiri’s Adopted Human Son

Photo Credit: Empire Online

Empire Online gave us a sneak peek into an Avatar 2 article that will be featured in their upcoming February issue. The article focuses on Jack Champion who plays “Spider” in the sequels. Not much was known about the character outside of a few previously shown photos, but the article sheds some new details on the character.

  • Jake and Neytiri have a family, featuring 3  Na’vi children*, and an adopted human, Miles “Spider” Socorro
  • It’s worth noting that Spiders first name has changed, originally it was Javier Socorro as shown in the photo from 2017 below
  • Spider was born on the military base on Pandora (Hells Gate I assume)
  • He was too small to return to Earth (possibly an issue with the cryo affecting a young child)
  • Jake took him in, Neytiri see’s him as one of the people who destroyed her home and killed Eytukan

“This time around, we’re taking Jake and Neytiri and building the most universal theme of all around them. Which is family. Jake comes from the human world, Neytiri from the Na’vi world. So, they’re like a modern mixed-race couple, raising kids who perhaps feel they don’t belong to one world or another.”

Jon Landau

From left to right: Jack Champion (Javier “Spider” Socorro), Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey of the Sully Family), Bailey Bass (Tsireya of the Metkayina Clan), Jamie Flatters (Neteyam of the Sully Family), Britain Dalton (Lo’ak of the Sully Family), Filip Geljo (Aonung of the Metkayina Clan), and Duane Evans Jr (Rotxo of the Metkayina Clan).

*The three Na’vi children the Sully family consists of-

Jamie Flatters: Neteyam (neh-tay’-ahm), Jake and Neytiri’s first born son.
Britain Dalton: Lo’ak (loh’ ahk), Jake and Neytiri’s second born son.
Trinity Bliss: Tuktirey: (took-tee’-ray), goes mostly by “Tuk” (rhymes with “nuke”). She is youngest of the Sully family.

This Facebook post from 8/27/20 makes a lot more sense now, before we had no idea why “Spider” was being included in the Sully family.

Two additional photos that have been shown of Spider-

You can read the Empire article in it’s entirety here- https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/avatar-2-spider-jake-neytiris-adopted-human-son-exclusive-image/

Purchase the February issue of Empire here- https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/single-back-issues/

365 Days to go until Avatar 2

365 Days to go until Avatar 2

I first started an Avatar 2 countdown timer on an old Avatar forum I created back on November 26th, 2013. 3,307 days before Avatar 2 will release. Of course at that time we thought Avatar 2 was coming much sooner, however I am super excited to finally be down to one year remaining. A single year for an Avatar fan is nothing. I’m really excited to see what else pops up in this next year, good times lie ahead for us Avatar fans.

Don’t forget tomorrow Entertainment Weekly will release with an exclusive sneak peek of Avatar 2, it will be available on newsstands or digitally from the following link-
https://www.magazine.store/entertainment-weekly/2022/return-of-the-matrix/

EW: James Cameron Teases Avatar Sequel

EW: James Cameron Teases Avatar Sequel

With the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly set to hit newsstands this Friday, 12/17/21, EW has released a teaser of their Avatar 2 article. I expect this teaser will end up being most of the article that will be released, but we will have to wait until Friday to find out. I’m going to go over some of the biggest things we learned, and link the article so you can check it out in it’s entirety. Along with some great new information we also got several new photos.

Director James Cameron and Edie Falco on set of 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR 2. Photo by Mark Fellman. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

“It sounds kind of nuts, the process. I mean, if Avatar hadn’t made so much damn money, we’d never do this — because it’s kind of crazy.”

-James Cameron

  • JC began planning the sequel in 2012
  • In 2013 a writing team was brought in to outline 4 stories
  • Filming started in 2017
  • The story is set 14 years after the end of the original Avatar movie
  • Jake and Neytiri have a family and much of the film centers on their children
  • Avatar 2 and 3 are mostly set in and around the ocean
  • We will meet a new reef dwelling clan, the Metkayina
  • Developed an underwater mocap system, mostly captured in a 900,000 gallon tank
  • WETA is working on the films
  • Cast trained to become free divers
  • Sigourney Weaver who is playing a still secret role, can hold her breath 6 and a half minutes
  • Kate Winslet, a Metkayina name Ronal, can hold her breath 7 and a half minutes
  • Principal photography has wrapped on Avatar 3, which is still due in 2024, WETA is in post production on some scenes
  • Avatar 4 and 5 are scheduled for 2026 and 2028
On set of 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR 2. Photo by Mark Fellman. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

“Ultimately, the sequels are a story about family, and the lengths parents will go through to keep that family together and keep them safe. I always say that Jim’s movies have universal themes — and really, there’s no more universal theme than family.”

-Jon Landau

 

Director James Cameron on set of 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR 2. Photo by Mark Fellman. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

You can buy a copy or subscription of Entertainment Weekly at- https://www.magazine.store/entertainment-weekly/2022/return-of-the-matrix/

 

 

Total Film: Avatar Preview

Total Film: Avatar Preview

The newest Total Film magazine released today, and as promised included more information on Avatar 2. I will say the best details were included in yesterdays teaser, however we still learned some new information and they shared an amazing piece of art, and a photo that wasn’t discussed in the article, my best guess is that it is a Metkayina necklace.

The article starts off by covering the Jon Landau quotes and narrative we shared in yesterdays post. Then Jon goes on to say that the sequels are going to take advantage of HDR, a higher resolution, and brighter light levels. All with the objective to help the 3D picture look better. He emphasized that they want Avatar 2 to be an amazing cinematic experience. Landau went on to say that they aren’t out to beat Avatars box office record, they want to make a great movie people want to see in theaters.

If you want to read the whole article, you can purchase the issue digitally for $3.99-https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/total-film-magazine/id451467025

(Photo Illustration by Andy Fairhurst)

 

(Image credit: Disney, Games Radar+/Total Film)

 

 

Total Film: Avatar 2 teaser

Total Film: Avatar 2 teaser

(Image credit: Disney, Games Radar+/Total Film)

Tomorrow, 12/8/21, the magazine Total Film is set to release their January issue that includes a preview article on Avatar 2. Today a portion of that article was released as a teaser. Here are the quotes from that article, taken directly from Avatar 2 producer Jon Landau-

“The scripts are the blueprint from which we work. So a large portion of our time was writing… with the challenge that each of those four scripts had to individually resolve itself in a story that concludes with a big emotional resolution – but when you look at them as a whole, the connected story arc of all four movies creates an even larger epic saga.”

“I think the story of Avatar 2, and the strength of the story, is what Jim always does in any of his movies: he writes in universal themes that are bigger than any one genre. And if you think about this, there’s really no more universal theme than family. At the center of each of our sequels is the Sully family. What are the dynamics that parents go through to protect their family?”

“The Sullys’ idyllic life is disrupted when the RDA mining operation returns to Pandora, forcing Jake to take the family to what is perceived as a safe harbor at the reef. And when you get to the reef, there’s a clan we call the Metkayina. The Sullys are no longer in the environment that they know, the rainforest. They become the fish out of water. They become the fish out of water both culturally and just environmentally.”

Link to the preview article in it’s entirety-https://www.gamesradar.com/avatar-producer-teases-the-four-sequels-the-connected-story-arc-creates-an-even-larger-epic-saga/

Purchase a digital copy of Total Film tomorrow to read the rest of the article. Simply download the Total Film app from the iTunes App store here-https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/total-film-magazine/id451467025

 

The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration

The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration

*A similar article was originally posted on 8/3/21, however it has now been updated with a slightly new title, updated release date, updated Amazon description, and photos.

Back in May of 2019 a new Avatar book showed up on Amazon titled, The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration. At that time it was slated to be released October 1st, 2019. That was later pushed back to October of 2020 due to an Avatar 2 delay. The book has now been updated on Amazon with a current release date of April 12th, 2022, with a slight title change to The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration. We also now have some updated images, and the back cover of the book. If you’d like to see the original photos and book summary posted on Amazon, check out our previous post from 2019- The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration and the article posted earlier this year, The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration Part II.

The new book summary has also changed from the previous listing-

Celebrate the first decade of James Cameron’s Avatar and the beginnings of an epic cinematic journey.

Delve into the majestic world of Pandora and discover the incredible wealth of creativity that led this story to become the highest-grossing film of all time and the winner of three Academy Awards.

The World of Avatar celebrates, explores, and explains the spectacular world of Pandora—its extraordinary geology, flora and fauna, and the customs and beliefs of its people, the mysterious Na’vi. The book uniquely covers key content from all aspects of the burgeoning franchise. It combines original movie stills and artwork with stunning imagery from Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar-inspired show Toruk: The First Flight; and Disney World’s Pandora—The World of Avatar.

With a foreword by Avatar star Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), and an introduction by producer Jon Landau, The World of Avatar concludes with a “sneak peek” of a new Avatar era, fueling excitement for the long-awaited release of Avatar 2 in December 2022.
© 2022 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

As it did back in 2019, this book looks like it will be filled with Avatar goodness, I can’t wait to learn more about all things Avatar. I highly suggest pre-ordering now, the price was originally $19.99 back in 2019 but has now gone up to $21.99. You can pre-order from Amazon here- The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration

Imagineering Pandora – The World of Avatar

Imagineering Pandora – The World of Avatar

As a huge fan of Avatar, Pandora, and of podcasts in general, I found one today that checked all three boxes. Hosted by Matthew Krul, the Imagineer Podcast has a two part series with a former Disney Imagineer and his wife, both worked on the creation of Disney’s Pandora-The World of Avatar. It is worth a listen, they share tons of behind the scenes details and further explore what it’s like to have worked on Pandora.

Adam, a former Set Decorator for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Rebecca, a former Scenic Artist working for a contractor, helped to literally set the stage for Pandora – The World of Avatar. From hand-weaving artwork at Satu’li Canteen to setting in place the tiniest details in the Flight of Passage queue, Adam and Rebecca helped bring the story of Pandora into the real world. In this two-part episode, we’ll discuss how to land a job at Walt Disney Imagineering, reveal what the day-to-day is like for most Imagineers and contractors working on a project, and of course share the stories that contributed to the many details around the land itself. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to both Adam and Rebecca for lending their time and stories to this two-part episode!

 

January 22 issue of EW to give exclusive look at Avatar 2

January 22 issue of EW to give exclusive look at Avatar 2

The cover for the January 22 issue of Entertainment Weekly has been shown. Blink and you could have missed this…

Avatar 2 season is starting to ramp up, I’ll admit I have never been a subscriber of Entertainment Weekly, but I saw the issues normally debut a couple weeks before the listed cover month. So keep your eye out for this in another two weeks right at mid December. I cannot wait to see what they show us. *Update* I have confirmed this issue will release on newsstands December 17th.

You can currently subscribe to the magazine through Amazon for only $5 for your first year. Might be a great idea for the Avatar fan as EW will probably have more Avatar features in the coming months leading up to the Avatar 2 release.

https://www.amazon.com/Meredith-Corporation-Entertainment-Weekly/dp/B0037STB02

If the digital route is more your style you can download the EW app here, and will be able to purchase the issue when it drops.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/entertainment-weekly-magazine/id475466600

Here is a look at the full January 2022 cover-