Avatar 2 has been in the making for so long that it sort of seems like the film will never actually hit theaters, but James Cameron keeps insisting that it’s on the way. Now, for proof, the director has offered up the first look at the new film… with one major caveat.
Cameron has unveiled four photos from Avatar 2, but before you get too excited, you should know that these aren’t images from the actual film. Rather, they’re examples of concept art from the film that give us a rough idea of what kinds of visuals we should expect in the new movie. As a result, the images have a bit of an under-rendered quality to them and look more like screenshots from a video game than from a movie. Having said that, the images do show the potential for Avatar 2‘s heavily water-based visuals, and this wetter side of Pandora does seem like it will be quite breathtaking in the final film. You can take a look at the photos below.
Let’s be honest, if you’re excited for Avatar 2, your excitement probably has more to do with the visuals than the story. And with that consideration, these images are pretty exciting. The film looks like it’s going to be even more alien, exotic, and beautiful than its predecessor. And since Avatar broke box office records largely on account of its stunning visuals, you’ve got to believe the sequel will make a decent amount as well based on this concept art.
In addition to the natural environment of the film, Cameron has also promised more cool new technology on screen. “The vehicles, spacecraft, aircraft, ground vehicles, weapons, the hardware. I’m a total geek when it comes to that stuff,” Cameron told CNET. “We have a lot of cool vehicles for you.”
Assuming the film doesn’t suffer another delay, we’ll see all the cool vehicles and beautiful alien landscapes when Avatar 2 hits theaters on Dec. 17, 2021.