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Avatar: The High Ground volumes 1-3 up for preorder

Avatar: The High Ground volumes 1-3 up for preorder

Amazon now has Volumes 1-3 of Avatar-The High Ground available to pre-order. There is also updated descriptions and release dates. Currently it shows Volume 2 and 3 are going to release the same month, I wouldn’t be surprised to see these dates changed a few more times before it’s all said and done. Volume 2 now has a cover image as well, big thanks to Exostike on the Kelutral Discord for sharing that image.

Volume 1-Release date October 10th, 2022

It has been almost a decade since the humans were forced to leave Pandora—but now they’re returning—with an armada of heavily-armed starships!

After years of peace, Jake Sully has settled down with Neytiri and raised a family, so for him, the stakes are even higher than when he first went to war against the corporate might of the RDA.

During the development process of creating the four Avatar sequels, a lot of new ideas and stories were created and discussed. One such EPIC original story idea that didn’t make it into the sequels was James Cameron’s original story—“The High Ground.” Cameron shared what he had written with Dark Horse Comics and it is now being adapted by award-winning author Sherri L. Smith (The Toymaker’s Apprentice, Orleans), and illustrated by Brazilian artist Guilherme Balbi.

Avatar: The High Ground Volume 1 ventures into all-new territory in the Avatar saga, and is a direct prequel to the highly-anticipated film sequel Avatar 2!

Volume 2-December 6th, 2022

Humans have returned to Pandora—with an armada of starships—but Jake Sully and the Na’vi are ready for them!

Knowing this day would come, Jake has trained his Na’vi warriors with a plan that should make it too costly for the humans to try again . . . if the plan works.

But, any chain of events is only as strong as the weakest link, and in this case the weak link is human nature. As the plan unravels, Jake and Neytiri must race against time to return to Pandora and save their children before the starships land.

James Cameron’s epic original story “The High Ground” continues in this graphic novel adaptation written by award-winning author Sherri L. Smith (The Toymaker’s Apprentice, Orleans) and illustrated by Diego Galindo (Stranger Things: The Tomb of Ybwen, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). Avatar: The High Ground Volume 2 takes fans to parts of the Avatar universe never anticipated!

Volume 3-December 20th, 2022

Jake Sully’s fears have come crashing to Pandora, guns blazing. The Sky People are planet-side, and taking Hell’s Gate by storm.

Jake and Neytiri’s children are still on base, surrounded and outgunned. Years of advancement on Earth means they’ll be bringing more firepower than Jake could anticipate. Unable to fully rely on his intel, Jake will have to improvise and risk it all to protect his family, his people, and their home. The battle is underway and every Na’vi is in danger.

Experience the epic finale of James Cameron’s original story “The High Ground” in this graphic novel adaptation written by award-winning author Sherri L. Smith (The Toymaker’s Apprentice, Orleans) and illustrated by Agustin Padilla (Suicide Squad, Transformers, Borderlands, Predator: Hunters II) and Miguel Angel Ruiz (The Passing, Crossed: Badlands). The exciting conclusion to Avatar: The High Ground leads you directly into the opening of the long-awaited film sequel Avatar 2!

Pre-order from Amazon here-

Avatar-The High Ground Vol 1

Avatar-The High Ground Vol 2

Avatar-The High Ground Vol 3

Lego Con 2022

Lego Con 2022

Officially announced yesterday at Lego Con 2022, was our first official look at an Avatar Lego set, Toruk Makto and the Tree of Souls. It was a fun presentation with Jon Landau kicking things off, followed by Josh Izzo being at Lego Con to talk about the set, no direct embeds were allowed on this video, however the link below should take you right to the start of the Avatar portion-

https://youtu.be/ZHSnx-smuUA?t=3355

I think Lego is an awesome brand, very high quality products that also is reflected in the price. I didn’t think I’d have any desire to grab any Lego sets until I watched the Lego Con stream. However after watching my mind was changed. This is such a fun looking set and it’s obvious a lot of thought and care went into designing it, I love the pa’li (direhorse) that is included, the toruk (Great Leonopteryx) is truly epic in size, and the mini figs, they look phenomenal. This set comes with Mo’at, Neytiri, Jake Sully as Toruk Makto, and Tsu’Tey. This set is supposed to be the largest of the Avatar sets that have been teased so far, and is $149.99 USD. With the hype for Avatar increasing as the original movie rereleases into theaters, and as Avatar 2 approaches I expect a lot of the merchandise to fly off the shelves this year. So if you want to make sure you get one you can preorder one now through Lego.com, which shows the set will ship out by October 1 of 2022. You can preorder it here-https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/toruk-makto-tree-of-souls-75574

While the other upcoming releases weren’t covered during Lego Con, here is a list of all known Avatar Lego sets so far-

Neytiri & Thanator vs. AMP Suit 75571: $39.99 | 560 pieces
Jake and Neytiri First Flight on a Banshee 75572: $54.99 | 572 pieces
Floating Mountains 75573: $89.99 | 887 pieces
Toruk Makto and the Tree of Souls 75574: $149.99 | 1,212 pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

CinemaCon Recap-Avatar and Avatar 2 news

CinemaCon Recap-Avatar and Avatar 2 news

Here is a CinemaCon review of the Avatar 2 panel. If you’d like to read more about the details of the panel or the Avatar theater re-release I’ll link a couple more articles below. Some really exciting stuff announced today, however no trailer is available for the public just yet.

• Avatar 2 has an official title, Avatar:The Way of Water

• A trailer was shown to the audience, however it’s not available to the public yet

•The trailer had very little dialogue and showed various world elements of Pandora and a lot of underwater footage 

•The trailer will be shown before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, premiering May 6th

•It’s expected the trailer will be shown online a week after Doctor Strange debuts

• The film is set a decade after the first film

• James Cameron prepared a prerecorded video in which he expressed excitement for the world to see the sequel film

• Jon Landau was in attendance and spoke about Jake and Neytiri’s family being the focus of the sequels

• Avatar will re-release into theaters on September 23rd with remastered audio and video

• Avatar:TWOW will release on December 16th

https://gizmodo.com/avatar-2-trailer-description-the-way-of-water-cinemacon-1848849670

https://www.ign.com/articles/avatar-2-is-officially-titled-avatar-the-way-of-water-remastered-avatar-1-hits-theaters-in-september

Avatar 2 trailer and footage expected at CinemaCon

Avatar 2 trailer and footage expected at CinemaCon

“Expect teasers and footage for Avatar 2 (yes, it’s really happening).”

-The Hollywood Reporter

Source-

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-features/cinemacon-box-office-recovery-summer-films-1235128586/

For several years we have gotten new updates and information about Avatar and it’s upcoming sequels from CinemaCon, directly from James Cameron and Jon Landau. Well it looks like this year we are getting something even better, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter we are supposed to get a trailer and footage from Avatar 2. CinemaCon isn’t months away, or even weeks away, it starts next week! It starts this coming Monday, April 25th, and runs through Thursday the 28th. It is the official Con of The National Association of Theater Owners and is held in Las Vegas. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us. This also will help us needlessly buying a ticket to another movie just to see the new Avatar trailer. I’m excited to be able to watch it and comb through it frame by frame from the comfort of my home.

 

Was Ninat in Avatar?

Was Ninat in Avatar?

I recently came across an old thread on the Tree of Souls forum titled, What do you think Ninat looks like? I must say that old threads like this hit me hard with the fun nostalgia hammer, there were so many things we didn’t and still don’t know about Avatar back then. However some of these questions have been answered in the years since. This is one of those question that has, we got some beautiful character art of Ninat when Pandora Rising was released. So we know what she looks like, however we aren’t sure if she shows up in Avatar the movie, so this is a topic I wanted to touch on. My guess is just that, my guess, this is totally for fun.

If you do a google search of Ninat you will come across speculation from various fans and sites who seem to agree the best possible guess for who Ninat is happens to be this lovely Na’vi to Neytiri’s right (I’ll refer to right vs left from our perspective as the movie viewer). This is by far the best shot we have of her face, the other screen shots I can get are just slightly different angles of this shot here.

It’s a logical guess, especially going off the lack of information we had at the time it was made. Which was simply her name, that she was the best singer, and that she could have been a potential mate for Jake. This particular photo is during the scene with the Omatikaya clan leaving their destroyed home and meeting at the Tree of Souls, which happens just before Jake shows up as Toruk Makto. However since we got a look at Ninat from the Pandora Rising game, I believe she could actually be the Na’vi on the left of Neytiri. As there are two Na’vi in this scene singing with Neytiri. Below we can see the three Na’vi women. Something else that makes sense in my mind is that the best singer would be in the middle vs on the end.

The 3 singers, including Neytiri.

Now let’s review what Ninat looks like in the art from Pandora Rising. Something important to note, this art is high quality, the pieces that depict characters we already know, such as Jake or Neytiri, look just like their movie counterparts. So I’m very confident if Ninat was in the movie she looked very close to this in the face.

When I study Ninats face and compare with the two women singing with Neytiri, I do think she is possibly the Na’vi to the left. The Na’vi woman on the right has a very uniquely shaped face, and her stripes don’t match at all. While the photos of the Na’vi to the right aren’t the greatest closeups, they show me enough to make me think she is not Ninat.

Neytiri with the singer to her left.

Ninat, the Na’vi to the right of Neytiri, and the Na’vi to the left.

The three best shots of the Na’vi who I believe to be Ninat, the left Na’vi. The stripe patterns don’t match up exactly with this singer either, that could be because there aren’t the highest of screen shots available so the artist took some liberties, or their is the possibility neither of these are Ninat. However I feel like if Ninat survived the Hometree destruction, which we don’t know, but if she did, as the best singer of the Omatikaya she would have been one of these two up front leading the singing for the clan. Looking at the face shape and what little information we have to go by, my best guess that this is in fact Ninat. Could I be wrong, absolutely, but they look very similar.

I’m curious what other fans think, Left, Right, or neither?

 

 

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/

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)

 

 

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

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-