Avatar: The Way Of Water brings Stephen Lang’s Miles Quaritch, among the first movie’s villains, back as a Na’vi in the sequel after 13 years. The first movie is Avatar that James Cameron directed, wrote, produced and co-edited back in 2009. Lang’s character faced off with Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully as he was in his Na’vi form.
While the movie showed Quaritch dying by (Zoe Saldana) Neytiri’s hands, the villainous colonel reappears in the sequel in the body of a Na’vi much like Jake. Presumably, he is more threatening than ever, considering what he could do as a human in the first movie.
Coming back as a Na’vi, Stephen Lang’s Miles Quaritch will now be able to thrive in the environment of Pandora without difficulty. Apparently, movieweb also posted that this will not be the only sequel. Furthermore, Colonel Quaritch will be appearing in the sequels that will follow. Yes, sequels.
Stephen Lang’s Miles Quaritch Returns To Avatar: The Way Of Water
To describe the Na’vi-fied Colonel Quaritch, Stephen Lang says:
He’s bigger, he’s bluer, he’s pissed off. But there may possibly be an aspect of humility. When you take two Na’vi arrows in the chest, that’s gonna have some kind of effect on you. [He] was always a character who moved in straight lines and at right angles. But now he is as lithe as they come. He can move with the same kind of cunning and feral quality that any of the Na’vi can.
The humans are coming back to Pandora with what they call Recoms or Recombinants. They are new avatars with memories of human soldiers. Of course, details as to how this was possible will be in the movie this Christmas. Resources Development Administration or the RDA still has bone, if not minerals, to pick from Pandora. Stephen Lang’s Colonel Quaritch has the intel and experience that they will need to navigate the land to greater extent. All these are in his memories.
Aside from Stephen Lang, James Cameron will also bring back Sigourney Weaver but she will be taking on a whole different role. Unlike what most people would have supposed that somehow her personal and professional data could also be stored and re-implanted on a new Na’vi body, she lends her voice to Jake Sully and Neytiri’s adopted teenage daughter. Her name is Kiri.
In her interview with Empire, she said:
I think we all pretty much remember what we were feeling as adolescents. I certainly do. I was 5’ 10″ or 5’ 11″ when I was 11. I felt strongly that Kiri would feel awkward a lot of the time. She’s searching for who she is. I was thrilled to be given that challenge by Jim.
With Stephen Lang’s way of returning to the franchise, would that mean that in any event that his body perishes, he will always have a way to come back? Avatar: The Way of Water comes to theaters on December 16, 2022. Cast members Giovanni Ribisi, and Matt Gerald also reprise their roles with Lang, Worthington and Saldana. Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis, and Vin Diesel will be in the sequel for the new characters of the story.